PGHS routs Dinwiddie; Petersburg Moves On
By JACOB VAUGHAN, Sports Editor
Feb 14, 2013, 15:28
Dinwiddie guard Ashley Armstrong (12) tries to escape Prince George’s Markia Smith (34) and JoJo Taylor (14) during a Central District tournament quarterfinal game on Tuesday in Chesterfield. The Royals started with a 19-0 run and cruised to a 70-43 victory (photo by David Breidenbach).
CHESTERFIELD – Prince George sophomore JoJo Taylor caught an inbounds pass in the backcourt, dribbled twice and unleashed a contested 3-pointer from well beyond the arc as the second-quarter buzzer sounded.
The desperation heave rattled its way into the basket, kissing the backboard in its descent. And the shots just kept falling for the second-seeded Royals in their postseason debut.
Prince George opened with a 19-0 run and never faltered, coasting to a 70-43 victory over No. 7 Dinwiddie in the quarterfinals of the Central District girls basketball tournament on Tuesday at Matoaca High School.
“The kids went out and really played hard,” said Prince George coach Billy Gray. “That’s good to see when you’re playing a team that you’ve already beaten a couple times. They went out and gave a real good effort.”
Prince George started the game by exhibiting a relentless fullcourt press, a defensive tactic that yielded a 28-4 lead at the end of the opening frame. The Royals turned five early steals into the game’s first 10 points.
Meanwhile, the Generals struggled to advance the ball across the midcourt stripe, making the contest a decidedly one-sided affair.
Prince George sophomore JoJo Taylor dribbles upcourt during a Central District quarterfinal game against Dinwiddie on Tuesday in Chesterfield (photo by David Breidenbach).
Taylor’s improbable bucket gave the Royals a 46-12 lead at halftime.
“She’s done that a few times in practice,” Gray said of the long-range conversion. “I told her to just go out there and throw it – I didn’t even say shoot it.”
Though the result was all but solidified, Dinwiddie showed its mettle by assembling a 15-5 run in the third quarter. Ashley Armstrong punctuated the surge with a sweeping dribble drive and layup that reduced the Royals’ lead to 57-27.
Prince George junior Deborah Gardner responded with a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, however, and the Royals sauntered to the final margin.
Prince George senior DaZhane Myler scored the game’s first six points and finished with 15. Sophomore Ariel Stephenson equaled that output and tacked on nine rebounds, six assists and five steals for good measure.
Taylor, a 5-foot-5 point guard, amassed 13 points, six assists and six steals.
Kristen Webb, who was the only Dinwiddie player to score in double figures, finished with 15 points while Rachelle Gholson and Tiffany Woods poured in nine and eight, respectively, for the Generals.
The defeat brought an end to Dinwiddie’s season. With the win, Prince George clinched a berth in the Central Region tournament and advanced to a semifinal showdown with third-ranked Petersburg, a 53-36 quarterfinal winner over Colonial Heights.
That game will be held on Thursday at Matoaca High School with the winner advancing to Friday’s championship game at Hopewell High School. Prince George swept its two regular-season games against Petersburg this year, including a 57-43 home triumph last Thursday.
“We need to play well against Petersburg,” Gray said. “If we’re able to win that one, we’ll be looking forward to moving on to the finals.”
PGHS: 23 23 14 10 – 70
MHS: 4 8 15 16 – 43
NO. 2 PRINCE GEORGE: Pender 9, Taylor 13, Weatherspoon 4, Myler 15, Stephenson 15, Gardner 3, M. Smith 4, Bowen 6, Coleman 1. 30 7-20 70. 3-pointers: 3-pointers: Taylor, Stephenson, Gardner.
NO. 7 DINWIDDIE: Lewis 2, Armstrong 7, R. Gholson 9, Webb 15, J. Gholson 2, Woods 8. Totals: 15 10-14 43. 3-pointers: Armstrong, R. Gholson, Webb.
* No. 3 Petersburg 53, No. 6 Colonial Heights 36
Third-ranked Petersburg outscored No. 6 Colonial Heights 24-6 in the second quarter and never looked back en route to a 53-36 win in the quarterfinals of the Central District girls basketball tournament on Tuesday at Matoaca High School.
Petersburg senior Jameka Scott and junior Khaila Ellis scored 12 points apiece, offsetting 11-point performances from Colonial Heights guards Lindsay Nowland and Caitlyn Cook.
The Crimson Wave limited the Colonials to seven points in each of the first three quarters and led 45-21 at the onset of the fourth. Petersburg’s victory completed a first round that saw all four top seeds advance to the semifinals.
PHS: 11 24 10 8 – 53
CHHS: 7 7 7 15 – 36
NO. 3 PETERSBURG: Gregory 7, Knight 0, S. Ellis 6, Scott 12, Fitzgerald 6, K. Ellis 12, Tucker 0, Green 4, Williams 6, Alexander 0. Totals 22 6-10 53. 3-pointers: Scott 2, Ellis.