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Battlefield District girls’ varsity basketball

With 5:41 left to play in the game, everyone in the Chancellor gymnasium thought the Chargers were winning with a 46-40 lead; however, after going into a slow-down offense the referees concluded the Chancellor scorekeeper had made an error. With less than a minute to play, to the dismay of the Charger coaching staff, the Foxes were actually leading the Chargers, 51-47. The Foxes held on to defeat the Chargers, 54-47.

Prior to the bizarre ending, the contest between the two division rivals was nothing short of exciting. With physical collisions impacting the low post zone and fans screaming throughout the venue, the game became a war in no uncertain terms. Whether it was Andriana Ramos pulling down rebounds while cutting through a maze of Foxes in an effort to grasp loose balls, or Brittany Kersey establishing her rightful claim as one of the best low post players in the district, fans both Charger and Fox alike, surely got their money’s worth — and more.
“Tonight was a true test of what character building is all about — and they stepped to the plate,” said King George High School girls’ head coach Jessica Beaver.
After two seasons, the Foxes lead the cross-town district series, 3-0. The Foxes lead the district with a record of 2-1.
In an attempt to turn up the heat against the Charger defense, the Foxes constantly pushed the ball up the court, giving the Chargers no time to catch their breath. Within the first 3 minutes, Timeah Brooks and Kersey had led the Foxes on a 6-2 run. After a brief Charger rally that tied the game at 6-6, shooting guard Shalequa Turner’s fast break steal and lay-up gave the Foxes a 8-6 lead. The Chargers responded with six jumpers, courtesy of Lanelle Doles, Camari Coleman and Ramos.
Entering the second quarter with a 6 point lead, the Chargers soon found their rhythm, as Ramos scored four points in a row — extending her team’s lead to 19-10. The Foxes fought back, as Turner closed the Charger deficit with two lay-ups in a row. Turner’s teammate Caley Armentrout scored four foul shots, including an assist to Turner to tie the game at 22-22 with 51 seconds left in the second quarter.
After an exchange of baskets, the Foxes had a slim two-point lead going into the third quarter.
The Chargers wasted no time in regaining the lead as they opened the second half with 3-point baskets by Ramos and Lanelle Doles, giving the Chargers a 34-33 lead. Ramos and Scooter McConnell finished the third with back-to-back 3-pointers. At the end of the three quarters, the Chargers seemed to be ahead by five points (42-37).
In the fourth quarter, in an effort to dominate the low post, both teams continued to crash the boards. Halfway through the quarter, in an attempt to kill time off the clock, the Chargers had switched their offense from full court to a half court slow-down mode. With Brooks, Armentrout and Turner scoring clutch baskets in the remaining minutes of play, the Foxes unknowingly regained the lead. After the game officials called a meeting between the coaches and the Chancellor scorekeeper it was determined the Foxes were actually ahead, 51-47.
The Foxes secured the win as Kersey assisted Turner for the final score of the game.
“Today the credit goes to Brittany and Timeah — they stepped up as captains, by leading us to the win,” Beaver said.
Brooks led the Foxes with 14 points, while Turner added 13. Ramos led the Chargers with 19 points, while teammate McConnell scored 7.
Results of the Tuesday game featuring King George and Caroline were not available due to press deadlines.
The Foxes travel to the unfriendly confines of Spotsylvania on Friday.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

 

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