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Strong third period propels Park View girls to victory

SoVaNow.com / December 24, 2018
After trailing by two at the end of the first period and by five at the end of the first half, the Park View varsity girls basketball team put on a clinic in the third quarter to overtake the Lady Generals of Dinwiddie High School 73-61 Tuesday evening at PVHS.

Both teams were hot on offense in the first half but the Lady Generals were slightly better in both the first and second periods. Allyce Hayes scored eight points in the first on two treys and a deuce to help her team secure an 18-16 lead as the frame ended. Lady Dragon forward/center Nieya Hawkins helped keep her team in it by scoring four of her team’s 16 points in the stanza.

Two of Hawkins’ points came with 1:02 left to play on a strong move in the paint. She grabbed an offensive rebound and put it in with authority to tie the game at 16-all.

The Lady Generals again outshot the Lady Dragons in the second period, posting 16 points against 13 for the Dragons. Six players for Park View and five for Dinwiddie scored as the offensive attack was distributed on both sides of the court. The Lady Dragons were holding their own until Dinwiddie scored two quick deuces with less than 25 seconds left in the half to take a 34-29 lead into the locker room.

The Lady Dragons came out of the locker room in the third as if they had something to prove, and they certainly proved that they are capable of scoring points — a lot of points.

Teona Watts scored a quick deuce just 20 seconds into the frame and Hawkins added another 2-pointer less than a minute later, prompting Dinwiddie to take an early time-out at the 6:39 mark. At the 6:12 mark N. Hawkins committed her third foul and sent Dinwiddie’s Kya Taylor to the line to shoot two. She converted one free throw to push the lead back to two for the Generals.

Hawkins then scored two more points for the Dragons, and as Dinwiddie was pushing the ball up the floor Lady General Alayla Hayes tangled with a PV defender and was called for the foul. She strenuously disagreed, so strenuously in fact that she drew a technical. Her reaction to the “T” drew a second “T” and she was ejected.

Mikya Harrison converted two free throws for the Dragons and one could feel a shift in the momentum. With Hawkins leading the way, Park View would go one to outscore Dinwiddie 26-7 in the third period, vaulting to a 55-41 lead that they would not relinquish.

There was a scary moment at the 4:48 mark of the third period as PV’s Teona Watts took a hard fall at mid-court. She was attended to for several minutes by the coaches and trainers before making her way gingerly to the bench. After a somewhat lengthy rest she was able to return to competition.

Though they were trailing, the Lady Generals didn’t give up — to the contrary, they put the Lady Dragons to the test in the fourth. Park View would bend but didn’t break despite seeing Shawnise Campbell score 16 of Dinwiddie’s 20 points in the period. Hawkins dropped in seven more of her game-high 28 points and the Lady Dragons got a satisfying 73-61 victory.






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