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On Saturday, at Lancaster High School, the earth rattled as a gymnasium filled with Colonial Beach fans cheered in celebration for the Drifters varsity girls’ basketball team (18-1) 58-52 win over the Northumberland Indians.
After two tough battles against the Indians during the regular season, Drifter head coach Keith Dickerson was nearly at a loss for words. “Our girls battled like this all year,” Dickerson said. “We’ve never lost a second half this year, and we said, if we can be within 10, we can make a strike, and show what we can do.”
The Drifters experienced a gut check in the first quarter, as the Indians aggressively attacked the boards, and appeared unstoppable in the post. Behind six foot forward Justice Gordon, the Indians dominated the post with 13 rebounds. Gordon scored five points before temporarily leaving the game with an injured ankle in the second quarter. The Indians eventually finished the quarter with a 12-7 lead.
The second quarter began with an exchange of scores from both teams, but the momentum changed after the injury to Gordon. Drifter point guard Sydni Carey capitalized on Gordon’s absence with six points, including a 4-4 performance at the free throw line. Although the Drifters defense impacted the Indians’ inability to move the ball with seven forced turnovers, the Indians continued to lead by two at halftime.
During the third quarter, the action changed from physical and punishing to fast and furious. Drifter point guard, Sydni Carey scored the final point of the period with a fast break buzzer-beating layup. Indian guard Kajaa Shabazz contributed eight points and two assists to Northumberland’s efforts as both teams battled to a 33-33 tie, before going into the final quarter.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Alexis Wilson scored a short-range jumper that ignited a 3-0 run. Along with trailing by three points, the loss of forward Emya Seldon contributed to the Indians’ sudden downfall. With the scent of victory in the air, the Drifters sealed the Indians’ fate with four foul line shots, which led to a 45-34 finish.
“It wasn’t a pretty game, but all-in-all we got the W, and we’re Conference 43 champions,” Carey said. “I could not be more proud of this team.”
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, during the first round of regional competition, Parry McCluer High School will travel to Colonial Beach to face the Drifters, while Northumberland will travel play Altavista. Results of the two games were not available due to press deadlines.