Central girls split wins at PE

Published 10:49 am Thursday, February 11, 2016

Though both Central High School girls basketball teams fought fearlessly in their Friday night games against Prince Edward County High School, only the junior varsity team returned home with a win.

The JV took a 30-22 win over the Eagles, while the varsity team fell 60-52.

The JV game didn’t see much action from the Chargers until the second half. After trailing Prince Edward the entire first half, the Chargers were down by nine points entering the third quarter.

They quickly came together as a team and began to give Prince Edward a run for its money. The fourth quarter saw both teams scoring left and right. However, the Chargers managed to squeeze out an 8-point win in the end.

Kyra Holliday was Central’s leading scorer with 17 points. Zhalen Rainey followed with eight points. Zharia Rainey notched four points during the game.

“They came back (in the second half) and things just started to roll,” said JV girls coach Thomas Collins. “They rebounded well and everything seemed to go our way at the end.”

With the win, the JV team ended its season with an 8-9 record.

“They just played their hearts out, like they have done all season, and this was a big season for them,” Collins said.

“They believe in themselves. At one point in the season, we only had five players that were able to play. They have come a long, long way.”

The varsity game drew in even more attention, as it proved to be a battle of shooting precision.

(Photo by Hannah Davis) Varsity girls basketball player BriAnna Johnson scored 21 points in Central’s game against Prince Edward on Friday.

(Photo by Hannah Davis)
Varsity girls basketball player BriAnna Johnson scored 21 points in Central’s game against Prince Edward on Friday.

The game flip-flopped from the beginning, as Prince Edward led 18-17 after the first quarter and then the Chargers stole the lead entering halftime with a 28-27 score.

The Lady Eagles were up 43-38 entering the fourth quarter, but the Chargers gave one last push late in that quarter to tie the score 49-49 before the buzzer alarmed.

Fans began to watch the nail-biter as the Chargers scored first in overtime. However, the Eagles began to hit shot after shot which led them to their win.

“It was a great game and it is ashame that one our these teams had to lose tonight,” said varsity girls coach Scott Wilson. “I think we are hitting our stride and even though we came out on the short end tonight, I am proud of how they played.”

BriAnna Johnson was the Chargers leading scorer with a season-high 21 points. She also had 23 rebounds.

“BriAnna gives her most all the time and I am real proud of her,” Wilson said. “She did well tonight and I see her constantly improving.”

Brittany Dolan and TanJaNeKa White-Freeman notched 11 points a piece. Ashley Genova finished with 16 rebounds.

The varsity Chargers finished their regular season 5-12. They will also continued on to the Conference 42 tournament.

They will play on Tuesday in the first round of the tournament. However, their seed and opponent have yet to be determined.

“Luckily, I think our JRD (James River District) prepares us for our conference play,” said Wilson.

“I don’t know who we will play, but I think we are going to surprise some people.”