Learning a new level

Published 9:18 am Friday, February 7, 2020

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Central High School’s junior varsity (JV) boys basketball team took on visiting Prince Edward County High School Friday, Jan. 31.

It was a competitive game with victory still in reach for the Chargers in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles were able to keep Central at bay and develop their lead on the way to a 53-40 victory.

Central Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach Mike McGrath, filling in just for the night for JV Head Coach Derek Burke, saw no shortcomings as far as the team’s effort level was concerned.

“I thought the team played hard,” he said. “They had a big man who was hard to guard.”

McGrath was looking for the Chargers to take better care of the basketball, though.

“Turnovers cost us points,” he said.

Leading Central in scoring for the game was freshman forward Kemarion Watson with 10 points.

The loss took the Chargers’ overall record to 1-13 for the season.

Though Central’s JV squad has struggled this season, McGrath noted he is seeing progress.

“They are learning to play at the high school level,” he said.

According to the roster on the district website, the team is comprised of eight freshmen and five sophomores.

After a Tuesday, Feb. 4, game, Central hosts Goochland High School on Friday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m.