After scoring wins in the quarterfinal and semifinal round of the Jefferson District tournament, the Louisa County High School boys’ basketball team faced the Albemarle Patriots on Feb. 13 to battle for the district championship.
The game marked the third match between the two teams this year, with a record of 1-1 between them.
Louisa went up 5-0 early, but didn’t keep the Patriots off of the board for long. At the end of the first eight minutes, the tight battle saw Albemarle holding a narrow 15-14 lead over Louisa. The Lions stayed with the Patriots in the second quarter, never letting them get more than two points ahead as they outscored their opponents 11-10 tying the score 25-25 going into the halftime break.
Sophomore Anthony Nelson sank a basket to put the Lions up 27-25 to start off the second half. The Lions led the way for most of the quarter until a last second three-point bucket by Maxx Jarmon gave the lead back to Albemarle, 41-40 going into the final period.
Both teams continued to battle with the Lions holding a 51-49 lead after the first five minutes of the quarter. The Patriots hit the gas from there, outscoring the Lions 11-3 to take the game – and the Jefferson District title – 60-54.
“Of course you want to come out on top on the other side of these kind of games, but we can’t worry about that,” Lions’ head coach Robert Shelton said. “This is the kind of atmosphere we plan to play in at regionals, so we have to take the positives from it.”
Sophomore Jarett Hunter led the Lions’ scoring tally with 16 points. Senior Malik Bell added 14 and junior Chris Shelton scored 12.
(This is a partial article. Read the full story in the Feb. 15, 2018 issue of The Central Virginian)