The Louisa County High School boys’ basketball team closed out 2018 in style, scoring a trio of wins to sweep the Clover Hill Holiday Tournament at Clover Hill High School Dec. 27-29.
The Lions opened the tournament with a game against the host school on Dec. 27. Coming out strong in the first quarter, Louisa put up a 21-10 lead over the Cavaliers by the end of the period. They kept the momentum going in the second quarter with an 18-8 run for a halftime lead of 39-18.
Clover Hill came out of the break with renewed energy, outscoring the Lions 36-27 in the second half to narrow the gap. The Lions were able to hold on and pulled out a 66-54 win to keep their winning streak alive.
Senior Chris Shelton put up 23 points for the Lions, followed by senior Mark Carter with 10. Juniors Issac Haywood and Xavien Hunter each added eight points for Louisa.
On the second day of the tournament, the Lions faced Banner Christian School from Richmond. Louisa continued their winning streak with a 67-40 victory.
After setting the tone with a 25-2 first quarter, the Lions continued to hold the upper hand. Shelton scored 16 points to lead Louisa, followed by senior Michael Weakley with 14. Both players sank four shots from outside the arch throughout the game.
The Lions closed out the tourney against the Amelia Academy Patriots from Amelia Court House. The Lions opened the game with a 20-10 first quarter performance, then added 23 points in the second period for a 43-34 halftime lead. An 18-15 third quarter in favor of the Patriots narrowed the gap slightly, but the Lions closed out the game, and the tournament, with a 28-22 final period to win 86-74.
Shelton tallied 22 points for Louisa, followed by Xavien Hunter and senior Shylek Washington with 18 points apiece. Junior Jarett Hunter added 13 points for the Lions.
The Louisa Lions continued their unbeaten streak on Dec. 21 with a big 100-62 win over the Fluvanna Flucos in their final Jefferson District basketball game of 2018.
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 3, 2019 issue.
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