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CHS enjoys 3-1 week

Central High School’s varsity boys basketball team is rallying as the regular season nears its conclusion. The Chargers had their best week of the season last week, going 3-1.

“We played very well,” Central Head Coach Mike McGrath said, “even had a chance to win the one we lost at (Prince Edward). It was an important week for us to play well and gain some momentum for the postseason.”

After opening the week Jan. 29 with a blowout win over host Amelia County High School, the Chargers fell 50-45 to host Prince Edward County High School on Jan. 30. Two days later, they toppled visiting Cumberland County High School 70-61.

McGrath said that his team’s play in that game was “our best effort of the season by far. We were down 10 at the half and had too many first-half turnovers. We were able to control the ball in the second half and got a win versus a good basketball team.”

Central had a big fourth quarter against the Dukes, and hit 7-of-11 free throws, he said.

The Chargers closed the week Friday with a 58-50 home victory over Amelia that McGrath called “a good win for us versus a scrappy, young Amelia team.”

Central senior guard L.J. Watson scored a career-high 33 points against the Raiders, going 14-for-14 from the free throw line.

“He had a heck of a performance on Senior Night,” McGrath said.

The Chargers (5-13) close the regular season Wednesday at Nottoway High School at 7 p.m.

“Then we can rest up and get ready for the tourney,” McGrath said. “The region tourney is still being sorted out. I feel like we are in the mix to be able to finish in the top two. It’s going to be a competitive tourney.”