Intensity and passion were not absent in any way during the Jefferson District match-up between rivals Louisa and Fluvanna this past Friday evening as the Lady Flucos downed their hosts 41-36 in Mineral.
“It started last night. Our effort was good last night with Charlottesville,” Louisa Head Coach Jarred Soles said. “That’s two games in a row that these girls have played hard and that has been our struggle point this year, playing hard for a full game.”
Just as she will be doing in the near future as her nursing career unfolds, senior Maddie Morales fittingly injected life into Louisa’s Lady Lions as she tallied the first three points of the contest against Fluvanna High School this past Friday evening in Mineral. Leading the charge for her squad, Morales successfully drove to the basket at the 6:20 mark of the opening quarter only to be fouled in the process. Nailing her foul shot, Morales put Louisa in front by a 3-0 mark to begin the contest.
Pulling out to an 8-4 advantage on sophomore Rebecca Brookman’s trey from the left of the key with 2:07 remaining in the first quarter, Louisa maintained its edge until Flucos’s Kiana Childress knotted the score with just thirty seconds remaining in the period.
Completing a 10-0 run, Fluvanna’s Childress successfully sank three foul shots resulting from being fouled beyond the arc, pushing her team into the lead at 14-8 at the 6:27 mark of the second period. She led her team with 14 points on the evening to go along with three steals and five boards, all defensive.
Grasping the moment, an outburst from Lady Lion sophomore guard Breon Washington tied the contest at 14 points each as she converted back-to-back treys, one from each side of the key. Fluvanna, however, responded with a 7-2 run to close the half in front by a score of 21-16. Washington led all scorers on the night with 22 points while pulling down nine rebounds.
“Breon was impressive as was Nya [Anderson] tonight. I told her [Washington] to just keep attacking the basket and going for her shots which she did,” Soles said. “We’re very young. We only have one senior, but they’re starting to believe. We are a real team now.”
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 7 edition of The Central Virginian.