Down in Wilmington, North Carolina a pair of traditional Central Virginia powers locked horns for the first of at least three battles this season as Miller and Blue Ridge found themselves squaring off in the semifinals of the Phenom Hoops Report Joe Miller Invitational.
Blue Ridge picked up the win to stay unbeaten, winning 65-52 over the Mavericks to advance to the tournament final where they’ll face Word of God out of North Carolina in the final.
Aamir Simms’ double double led the way for the Barons with 17 rebounds and 14 rebounds. Sardaar Calhoun had 13 points and Jaden Frazier finished with 11.
Dae Dae Heard had 15 points for Miller to lead the charge.
Miller and Blue Ridge will face off in their first scheduled clash on January 20 in Crozet.
STAB girls advance to Boo Williams title game
St. Anne’s-Belfield’s girls basketball team picked up its third win in a row and advance to the Silver Bracket title game of the Boo Williams Christmas Classic in Hampton, beating Deep Creek 57-35.
Sierra Smith exploded for STAB on the boards with 20 rebounds to go with her seven points.
A balanced offensive effort also powered the Saints as Vanessa Woodfolk scored 15 points, Bri Tinsley finished with 13 and Jayla Davis had 11. Tinsley also had three steals, five assists and four boards while Woodfolk had seven rebounds and three blocks. Davis notched eight rebounds and five assists.
The Saints will play Lake Taylor in the Christmas Classic Silver Bracket title game at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Western Albemarle girls lockdown Monticello
Western Albemarle’s girls squad is known for its defensive acumen, and that was on display in a big way Thursday as the Warriors clamped down on the Mustangs to the tune of a 45-20 victory.
Eleri Hayden led the way offensively for Western with 12 points and Elisabeth Coffman had 11 points. The Warriors were solid at the free throw line, going 12-for-18 at the stripe. Western also jumped out to a 12-4 first quarter lead.
Kirstena Lilley finished with 10 of the Mustangs’ 20 total points.
Fluvanna girls blow out Spotsylvania
Fluvanna County’s girls basketball team won its second straight game by a huge margin Thursday, beating Spotsylvania 53-18.
Nevaeh Ivory had a big night for the Flucos with 14 points, seven steals and five rebounds in the win while Niyah Brown notched 12 points and dished out four assists. Kyia Scott and Mya Wright had eight points for Fluvanna to bolster the offensive effort.
William Monroe boys basketball rolled 80-47 past the Fluvanna County boys. William Monroe’s girls basketball team fell 55-50 to Franklin County despite Sam Brunelle’s 37-point, 14-rebound performance. Brunelle also had four assists and four blocks while Dajour Strother had 10 points and six rebounds.