- Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:03
- Published on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:03
- Hits: 2517
The Washington and Lee Eagles boys won and the Lady Eagles lost in games against King William last week. The W&L boys were victorious 57 to 44 and the W&L girls lost in a squeaker 45 to 43.
In the boys game, the Eagles took the lead early and maintained it for much of the contest, which was played on the Cavaliers home court. Treshaun Brown continued his torrid play on the basketball court, after leading the W&L Eagles into the state playoffs in football earlier this month.
W&L had defeated King William at home just eight days earlier so the Eagles had been expected to roll to another victory, but King William made a run in the third quarter to stay in contention. Todd Braxton led the Cavaliers with 14 points.
“This was a trap game because you go in expecting to blow a team away and you try to play hard and instead play tight. We didn’t play our best game, but escaped with the win.”
Brown had 12 points for the Eagles as well as five rebounds, seven assists and three steals. “DJ Weldon played big minutes in place of normal starter Milan Bullock who is injured,” Coach George Hunter reported.
“DJ scored 12 points and five rebounds,” Hunter said. “And Jeremy Turner was a beast on the boards with 16 rebounds and added 10 points.”
“This was a trap game because you go in expecting to blow a team away and you try to play hard and instead play tight,” Hunter said. “We didn’t play our best game, but escaped with the win.”
In the girls game, which was played at W&L, the contest was tight all the way, but King William won narrowly. “It was a hard fought battle,” said W&L Lady Eagles Coach Elizabeth Beckham.
The Lady Eagles were led by high scorer Alexia Tate with 14 points and 11 rebounds and strong play from both Teondra Brooks with eight points, 11 rebounds and Y’Shina Johnson with nine points and four rebounds.
“Going into halftime with a score of 14 to 10, we came out strong and outscored King William in the third quarter, leading to a nail biting finish,” said Beckham.
“While our team is young and inexperienced, with no seniors and over half being either freshman or sophomores, the ladies play with a new sense of ownership and responsibility,” Beckham said.
“By working on fundamentals and teamwork both on offense and defense, the W&L Lady Eagles have demonstrated that they have the ability to compete in the Northern Neck District.”
“I am looking for strong play from my young guards and forwards come January and, of course, leadership from my returning players. By working together as we did against King William, I think we started that process,” Beckham said.