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PV girls maul Tigers in tourney opener / February 14, 2018
The Park View Lady Dragons began their postseason run Saturday night with a 64-26 rout over the Sussex County Lady Tigers in the opening round of the Tri-Rivers District tournament in South Hill.

PV opened the game in dominant fashion, scoring within seconds as Azaria Williams dropped the first two of her game-leading 15 points on the hapless Tigers. After a free throw, Mikya Harrison made a steal on an inbounds pass and broke free for an uncontested lay-up and just like that the Dragons were up 5-0 just over a minute into the contest.

The first quarter was a disaster for the visiting Tiger girls as they managed only one field goal and four points all told. The PV defense was just overwhelming, typified when Nieya Hawkins, using superior size and athletic ability, blocked a Sussex shot and Harrison scooped up the ball, racing up court and scoring another uncontested layup.

Harrison would go on to score nine of her team’s 25 points in the first quarter, giving Park View an early 25-4 lead. Jaidyn Lamb and Teonia Watts each added five points in the frame.

PV guard Williams had what could arguably be called her best period of the season in the second. She performed exceedingly well defensively and scored nine points to lead the Dragon attack. Her scoring streak started at 2:44 with a deep trey, followed by deuces at 1:55 and :35. She also went 2 for 2 at the free throw line. Lamb added another trey and Nikki Shabenaz and Harrison each got two points in the frame to complete the scoring for PV at 16. The Lady Tigers scored seven points, putting PV firmly in command at 41-11 as the teams went to the locker room at the half.

The third period proved to be more of the same for PV as the steamrolling continued. The Dragons scored 19 in the frame and once again a suffocating defense held the Tigers to only 4 for the period. Park View’s points came from Lamb with seven (a trey and two deuces) treys by Asia Tanner and A. Williams, two field goals by Angel Wood and a deuce by N. Hawkins.

In the fourth the Dragons frankly let off the gas a little to prevent the blowout from getting any worse. Coach Mike Barmoy continued the trend he started in the third by getting all of his players some valuable on-court experience. The Tigers took a bit of an advantage by out-scoring the Dragons 11-4 in the frame, but it was way too little, too late and PV took the lopsided 64-26 victory.

Afterwards Coach Barmoy lauded the effort he saw from his team. “It was a great win, that’s the way we’re capable of playing, if they’ll just come out and give the effort like that night in and night out.

“We really played well defensively that first half,” he continued. “We really played well as a team, we looked for each other, made a lot of nice passes and everything.

“That might be the best game we’ve played, as a team, all year long,” he said. “Like I told them when you play defense, offense comes easy, so hopefully we’re peaking at the right time.”

The Park View girls were set to travel to Dendron on Monday night to face a tough Surry County High School squad, who dispatched Franklin in devastating fashion Saturday night in their playoff, game 60-10.

PV: Shabenaz 2, Lamb 15, Watts 5, Harrison 11, Williams 15, Wood 4, Hawkins 5, Montague 1

SHS: Jones 6, Birdette 2, Vaughn 2, Thomas 4, Hill 1, Baines 2, Bugg 6, Cheilchani 1

Lady Dragons take 65-55 loss to visiting Greensville amid security concerns

In their final regular season game at home — absent a home crowd — the Park View varsity girls fell to Greensville County 65-55 as the Lady Eagles went on a late scoring run to account for the difference.

With the game played in a near-empty gym due to unspecified threats that prompted school officials to close off public access (see accompanying story, above left), the Greensville girls (13-5 Tri-Rivers District) and the Lady Dragons (12-8) met for a much-anticipated matchup. The game was hard-fought throughout but Greensville closed strong, taking a nine-point lead at the end of the third quarter and repelling a late charge by the PV girls to win by ten.

Park View got things started quickly as they were able to win the first quarter by a 14-10 margin. Mikya Harrison led PV with five points in the frame and Teonia Watts added four. Jaidyn Lamb hit a sweet trey from well beyond the arc and Nieya Hawkins added a deuce to round out the scoring for the Lady Dragons.

The second period opened well for PV as Greensville turned the ball over quickly at the 7:55 mark. The Dragon girls, however, were unable to capitalize and Greensville came up with a steal and a fast break lay-up. Harrison answered quickly for Park View with a lay-up at 6:50 to maintain the lead. N. Hawkins got the next points for PV, drawing a foul on a two-pointer in the paint, but she was unable to complete the three-point play.

After another PV bucket, the Lady Eagles were held scoreless for the next three minutes until Sanijah Powell, who would go on to lead all scorers with 25 points, made her presence known with a bomb from well beyond the arc to score three. It would be the first of two treys in the frame for Powell, while teammate Lerah Clements also got hot for Greensville, pushing the Eagles out to a narrow lead just before the half. PV’s Tyonne Montague had to hit a two-pointer at the buzzer to salvage a halftime tie, 29-all.

Powell and Clements continued to hurt the Dragons in the second half, combining for 18 points in the third quarter as Greensville bolted to a 50-41 lead at the end of the stanza. The fourth quarter was an evenly matched affair, but a would-be PV rally was blunted by a late scoring run by Greensville to seal the outcome.

PV scored early in the fourth as Montague drew a foul inside and made a free throw and Hawkins got a deuce at the 6:58 mark. The Eagles were having none of it, though, as they responded with a two-point basket. After a quick inbounds pass, PV’s Hawkins got another two pointer, and shortly after that Montague made a brilliant spin move for the Dragons to score two in the paint at 6:15. Next, Jaidyn Lamb hit a three-pointer as the Dragons made inroads on the Greensville lead.

Unfortunately for the home team, the rim then went cold for four minutes and Greensville went on an 11-0 run. PV finally got back on the board as Lamb hit a jumper for two at the one-minute mark and Hawkins added two with 14.1 seconds left, but it wasn’t enough as GCHS took the win, 65-55.

PV: J. Lamb 13, T. Watts 6, M. Harrison 14, N. Hawkins 14, T. Montague 7

GCHS: S. Powell 25 J. Hill 10, L. Jones 9, K. Hicks 4, L. Clements 22,

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