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4 Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com The scrappy and relentless Harding LEONARD BANKS sparked a 9-2 Indian run that in- cluded a foul shot that tied the game Sports editor at 16. It was a nail-biter to the very end In the final seconds of the quar- at Lancaster High School Saturday. ter, Drifter center Tamara Ruczynski In spite of being swept during the scored two back-to-back layups that regular season during conference gave the Drifters an 18-16 halftime basketball matchups, the Northum- lead. berland Indians pushed the Drifters In the third quarter, after New- (17-5) to the final seconds. However, man briefly left the game with four in spite of lead changes, foul trouble fouls, the Indians rallied back from and a resilient front court led by 4 a 7-point deficit and cut the Drifter foot 10 Kayla Harding (15 points), lead to 36-34. the Drifters held on to win their Northumberland started the final third Conference 43 title, 50-45. quarter with confidence, as Rajaa "Sometimes your head swells Shabazz and Harding led the Indians too much, but you need you need a on a 7-1 run and a 41-37 lead. The game like this;' Drifters head coach Drifters responded with defense, as Keith Dickerson said. "When you get their front court harassed Indian down to the fourth quarter, and our guards with turnovers and miscues. goal is to never give up--you have to Eventually the Drifters capitalized fight back. I am very proud of them" on Indian mistakes for a 44-41 lead. After a slow, fiat 3% minutes to Newman sealed Northumberland's start the first quarter - both teams fate with two trips to the foul line were 2-20 from the field, the Drifters (4-4). went on a 10-4 run. The Indians, led Faced with a 6-point lead, Hard- by Harding's 3-pointer, responded ing's 3-pointer with 30 seconds left with 7 points. The Drifters closed out to play brought the Indians within the quarter with an assist from Deni- three (48-45); however, Amber Jones ya Newman to Jordan McGinnis that and Newman combined for 2 points gave Colonial Beach a 12-7 lead. In the second quarter, the me- See DRIFTERS, page 5 mentum shifted towards the Indians. Northumberland guard Jada Noel tries to run by Drifters forward Michaela Beverly Saturday during the Conference 43 champsionship game. LEONARD BANKS Sports editor On Wednesday evening, the road into the post season ended for the Foxes. In a closely contested Conference 19 semifinal matchup, Courtland de- feated the Foxes 55-48. Throughout the majority of the game, Courtland's Kayla Demps and Sammi Wood kept King George within an average of 5 points. Elated with his team's effort, Foxes' head coach Nell Lyburn said, "The game was tough, and we played it as best we possibly could; the girls did their job, but it was one of those games that featured a missed re- bound or a missed put-back there that eventually made the difference:' The victory marked the Cougars' third straight title. On the following day, Chancellor defeated the Cougars, 48-42. In the first quarter, the Foxes ral- lied back from a 7-2 Cougar lead to cut the deficit to 2 in the final min- ute of the period. Mickey Perrotte's jumper sparked a Foxes' minirally, as Megan Montague followed with a jumper. Cougar Kayla Demps ex- tended the Cougars lead to 15-8 after responding with a 3-pointer. Foxes Halia Ellis closed out the quarter with foul shots that cut the Cougar lead to 15-10. Reminiscent of the first quarter, the second proved to be just as ex- citing. After three ties, and numer- ous score exchanges, the Cougars lead over the Foxes went from 5 to 3 points. During this period, Demps seemed to the momentum factor for the Cougars with three 3-point bas- kets. Throughout the third quarter, the Cougars consistently maintained a 2 to 5 point advantage. With the Foxes' top rebounder and post-up scorer, Brianna Martin picking up her fourth foul late in the period, the challenge of a fourth quarter rally took on the form of a tall task. During the final two minutes of Get results! Advertise your yard sale in the Journal call Bonnie at 540-775-2024 semis. Fox forward Jonnae Usher, 32, surveys the post zone before passing the ball. play, both teams spent time on the sity head coach, has worked within free-throw line. With the dock tick- the Foxes' basketball system from the ing away, the Foxes' attempts to cut middle school to the varsity level. into the Cougars' lead were futile. Although Lyburn will lose five se- The trip to the semifinals, was the niors to graduation, he will lose one furthest the Foxes have been in the starter, with a host of returning expe- last 14 years. Lyburn, a first year var- rienced players for next season. Acupuncture Surgery Dentistry In House Laboratory Digital X-Ray Chemotherapy Grooming Boarding Reproductive Services 7955 King's With Drs. 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