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Louisa team battles it out with Panthers

Posted on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Chris Shelton makes a run toward the basket during Louisa’s game against Massaponax.

The Louisa Lions boys’ basketball team faced one of its toughest opponents this season on Dec. 18 when they hosted the Massaponax Panthers in The Den.

Both teams opened the game with a strong offensive performance, matching each other point-for-point until a late 3-point basket from senior Chris Shelton gave the Lions a narrow 18-15 lead after the first quarter.

They didn’t hold that advantage for long as a Panther 3-pointer tied the game early in the second quarter. Junior Jarett Hunter put up six points to help the Lions pull ahead 26-18 by the halfway point of the quarter. The Panthers tried to close the gap, but the Lions were able to hold them off, leading 30-22 heading into the halftime break.

The Lions surged ahead early in the third period, outscoring the Panthers 10-5 over the first three minutes of play for a 40-27 lead. Massaponax took command from there, narrowly outscoring the Lions 14-10 to pull the score to 50-41 in favor of the home team.

The final quarter again saw the Lions jump ahead, putting up 10 points in the opening three minutes. Junior Xavien Hunter and senior Shylek Washingon combined for six of those points. The Panthers quickly brought things back to a 9-point game, but the Lions kept one step ahead of them, pulling out a 72-62 win.

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Dec. 27, 2018 issue.

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