Lady Chargers are still a work in progress

Published 12:29 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Central High School’s varsity girls basketball team is looking to produce a complete performance, which will help it add to its tally of two victories.

The Lady Chargers have played four games so far in 2019 and have gone 0-4, putting their overall record at 2-6.

“Three of the four have been against teams that are in the top four of the district —Goochland, Prince Edward and Amelia,” Central Head Coach Scott Wilson said of his team’s early 2019 slate. “So the schedule has been pretty challenging so far. For us, it’s just coming down to playing 32 minutes of solid ball. We play solid ball in spurts, and then we’ll have a period where we don’t play as solid.”

Central fell 51-15 to visiting Goochland High School on Friday, lost 40-28 to visiting Nottoway High School on Jan. 9, dropped a 43-19 result to host Amelia County High School on Jan. 4 and was defeated by visiting Prince Edward County High School on Jan. 2, 52-13.

“When we played Amelia, the first 12 minutes of the game, we fell down 22-1, and the remaining 20 minutes of the game, they only outscored us by three,” Wilson said. “So at times we play very competitive, and we’ve just got to do it over four quarters.”

In highlighting his team’s best performance of 2019 so far, Wilson said, “That game against Nottoway, it was tied 20-20 going into the final quarter, and then unfortunately, Nottoway scored 20 points to our eight, and they won by 12. So for that game, we played three good quarters of ball and just couldn’t pull it out in that last quarter.”

Central has had a variety of leading scorers so far this year. Against Amelia, junior guard Nyasia Tate scored nine of the Lady Chargers’ 19 points. In the Nottoway game, sophomore guard DaJaMeka White-Freeman led the way with eight points, and against Goochland, senior center Ladasha Robertson scored six of her team’s 15 points.

Central hosts Cumberland County High School on Wednesday at 7 p.m.