By Ben Sheridan / Scrimmageplaycva.com contributor
For their sixth game in 11 days, the Fluvanna Girls basketball team hosted Louisa County for a chance to begin Jefferson District play with a win. The Flucos were firing on all cylinders throughout the game and picked up a 59-43 victory, leading to that 1-0 district start that they wanted.
“We wanted to push it on the offensive end, we figured if we could keep the game in transition, that we could wear them down,” said Fluvanna coach Chad White.
The Flucos definitely managed to wear down the talented young Lions and Louisa struggled late to dig out of an early hole.
Louisa dug that hole in the first quarter, and offensively it seemed like the Flucos were getting whatever looks at the basket they wanted. They got some easy looks in transition, helping them jump out to an early 16-9 lead at the end of the quarter. Leading the charge offensively for Fluvanna was Mya Wright who had eight of her 14 points in the quarter, as well as five rebounds for the game.
Nevaeh Ivory finished with 11 points on the night and Aniah Webb chipped in eight.
In the second quarter, things didn’t get much better for the Lions, as Fluvanna’s defense did not let up. The Flucos built a 26-18 lead to the break. Emma Russ had four of her 11 points in the quarter for the Flucos, and posted a team-high six rebounds in the game.
Louisa finally got some offense going in the third quarter and freshman Olivia McGhee was a big part of the Lion rally, as she had four of her 10 points in the quarter while Louisa sliced into the Fluvanna lead, cutting it to five. The Flucos put their foot back on the gas though and never looked back, pressing the Lions, creating turnovers and easy buckets, and just like that they closed the quarter on an 11-0 run.
That run after the Lions had rallied back proved to be too much for Louisa to overcome.
It was a big win for the Flucos to start off district play undefeated and make it through a tough early season schedule, but they also know not to look too far ahead.
“Right now, we’re just thinking about Waynesboro on Tuesday, and they’ve done a good job, it’ll be a tough matchup and they’re coached well, so we’re getting ready for Monday’s practice and focusing on Waynesboro,” White said.
In addition to McGhee’s 10 points, Lydia Wilson finished with eight for the Lions and Alexis Miller had six. A 13-for-27 night at the free throw line didn’t help the Lions offensively.
While the Flucos take on Waynesboro Tuesday, Louisa faces a quick turnaround with a clash against L.C. Bird in Richmond Saturday.