The Louisa Lions’ boys’ basketball season came to a close in the Virginia High School League semifinals on Feb. 23, when they lost to the Falcons of Huguenot High School, 70-55.
The Lions matched the Falcons point-for-point throughout the majority of the first quarter, but a late surge allowed the Falcons to pull ahead 17-14 by the time the period ended.
The Lions went on a 6-2 run early in the second quarter to pull ahead 20-19 with 4:20 left in the half. They didn’t hold it for long as the Falcons put up 12 unanswered points over the next two minutes of play to take a 31-20 lead. The Lions narrowed the gap before halftime, with sophomore Jarett Hunter sinking a pair of buckets and senior Chris Steppe hitting a three-pointer to pull the score to 33-27 at the break.
The second half opened with the Falcons going on a 11-5 run over the quarter’s first four minutes to go up 44-32. The Lions weren’t done yet, though. Steppe hit his second three-pointer of the night and Shelton added two from outside the arch to boost the Lions to within six again by the end of the quarter. With eight minutes left in the game, the Lions trailed 47-41.
Louisa continued their offensive push, pulling the score to a four point difference by the halfway point, trailing 50-46. From there, the Falcons took control, outscoring the Lions 20-9 for a final score of 70-55, bringing the Lions’ season to a close.
“I thought we defended well,” Coach Robert Shelton said. “We had some mental lapses, and at this stage of the game, a lot of teams are going to take advantage of that and that’s what happened here.”
Junior Chris Shelton tallied 21 points for the Lions. Steppe added 12 and Hunter scored 10.