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Foxes end basketball season in a blast

 The Foxes boys’ (12-9) 2009-2010 winter basketball season may not have ended with a championship, but it surely gave fans a reason to cheer.
  
Group AA, Region I, Division-4 semi-finals
   Ahead by three points at 29-26 going into the third quarter, and having Tabb’s (18-9) best player, Emanuel Jones, in foul trouble, with the hope that benching him in the second quarter would have interfered with his ability to score, may have been wishful thinking. The Tabb standout came out pumped-up and determined to score 19 of his game total 19 points, leading this his team to a 66-58 victory.

   Combined with a diamond-and-two defensive approach that limited the Foxes’ inside scoring and the game’s momentum on their side, the Tigers’ lead grew to 15 points before the final buzzer ended the Foxes season.
   Although the Tigers lost to Courtland (24-0) in the finals of the Region I championship, 67-58, they will advance to State quarterfinals. Cougar guard Avery Green led all scores with 18 points. Courtland defeated Tabb last in the Regional playoffs.
    After defeating Chancellor, 59-52, in the Group AA, Region I, Division-4 quarterfinals, the Foxes traveled to defeat Powahatan (8-14), 64-55. Lewis led all scores with 18 points. Teammate Brandon Shelton added 14 points.
   From Jan. 26, 2010, to the final game of the season, the Foxes recorded six wins and two losses to two state contender teams.
   Next season, the Foxes will feature new personnel, as they will lose Bob Waters, RJ Brown, Devon Jeffrey and Brandon Shelton to graduation.
 
 Lady Fox Regional results
   Like their male counterparts, the Foxes girls’ (6-10, 3-6) basketball season came to a halt against Tabb (21-5) in the Regional playoffs.  After struggling offensively for three quarters, the Lady Tigers finally came to life, when Sara Sublousks and Tia Perry led their team on a 13-0 run. Sublousks scored seven of her 11 points in a 57-second time period. Perry finished the game with 20 points.
   Tabb eventually played York for the Regional championship, where they lost 56-44. On Feb. 20, Tabb defeated York (20-2), 42-41 for the Bay Rivers District championship — and less than a week later, Tabb rallied to win the Regional championship against Battlefield District champion, Courtland, 61-50.
   After Stephanie Watts, Kara Brabant and Sierra King graduate, the Lady Foxes will have to change the dynamics of their team. Not only did Brabant reach the 1,000-point milestone during her career, but she was also a highly regarded long-range 3-point shooter in the Battlefield District.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor
 

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