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PV girls stay in contention with two 3A East Region victories

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Lady Dragon Teonia Watts executes a bounce pass to a teammate in her team’s victory over York Friday night at PVHS. (Steve Hinzman photo)
SoVaNow.com / February 21, 2018


The Park View varsity girls continue to advance in the postseason with a pair of wins so far in the 3A East Region tournament.

On Monday, the Lady Dragons traveled to Hampton to face the Lady Phantoms of Phoebus and took the win, 43-32. They will next face off against Lady Tigers of Tabb (#1 seed) Wednesday night in Yorktown in the region semi-final.

On Friday, the York Lady Falcons visited South Hill for the opening round game in the Class 3A East Region tournament, and the 12th-seeded visitors brought a lot of heart and determination in their quest to upset the 5th-seeded Lady Dragons.

They didn’t bring enough firepower, however, as Park View got contributions across the lineup for a 57-44 victory.

The Dragons girls got off to a torrid start — sometimes too torrid. PV standout Mikya Harrison scored 10 points in the first quarter en route to a game-high total of 15 for Park View. Yet after an eight-point scoring run, she lost the handle on the ball fast-break attempt, prompting head coach Mike Barnoy to urge his standout point guard to “slow the heck down.” Harrison took the advice to heart and racked up more assists to go with her scoring outburst.

In the closing moments of the period, PV senior leader Jaidyn Lamb got six of her 12 points for the night, hitting a trey at 1:40 and another with 40 seconds left in the period. The first quarter ended with the Lady Dragons in command, 18-9.

The second period was a continuation of the first as Park View outscored the Falcons 14-7. Lamb sank her third trey just seconds into the period to set the tone, and Nieya Hawkins got into the act with six points, all coming in the paint where she was working hard.

Harrison was held scoreless in the second period but teammates Teonia Watts and Tyonne Montague took up the slack as the half ended with PV firmly in control, 32-16.

The third period was a bit of a slog as the teams battled to a 12-12 tie in the frame. With PV up by 16, Coach Barmoy got some of his younger players into the game and this allowed the Falcons a few prime opportunities for scoring — and they took advantage. Still, it was not enough to change the status quo as Park View went into the fourth quarter up 44-28.

In the final quarter, York maintained its bid to chip away at the Lady Dragon lead, but Nikki Shabenaz helped to blunt the effort with two treys for six points and Montague added three, including a free throw she sank in the stead of Watts, who went down hard on a contested basket and drew the foul. A knee injury on the play forced Watts out of the game. Harrison and Asia Tanner also had two points in the fourth as Park View won by the 57-44 final score.

Barmoy lamented afterwards that his Lady Dragons didn’t play as well as they are capable. “It was a win, but I don’t think we played real well,” he said. “I thought we played pretty well there in the first and jumped on them [the Falcons] but after that, the second half we didn’t have any intensity defensively.”

He continued, “We let them get too many easy shots inside. We did get the ball to Jaidyn [Lamb] and she made some good shots.”

York Head Coach Michelle Wintermantel praised her team in defeat: “This is probably one of the better games we played but defensively we struggled at the beginning.” She added, “We missed a lot of easy buckets with the pressure on, but we picked it up in the second half and I’m proud of our girls and the effort.”



PV; N. Shabenaz 6, J. Lamb 12, T. Watts 5, M. Harrison 15, A. Tanner 2, N. Hawkins 12, T. Montague 5

York; A. Isaksen 3, A. Kuhl 2, A. Levister 2, D. Bryant 9, M. McCoy-Olivis 7, C. Harris 6, S. Cunningham 2, S. Horner 6, T. Harris 1, I. Cordes 5





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