By Bryan Rothamel / Scrimmageplaycva.com contributor
The Fluvanna girls’ basketball team only gave up 12 points in the second half in defeating Harrisonburg 41-30 in the Conference 23 quarterfinals.
The Flucos once led 10-9 but fell behind 18-13 at halftime. HHS scored nine of the first first 10 second half points to go up 27-14 before the Fluvanna’s defense turned up the pressure.
“In the second half, Bri Harris gave us a spark. Smallest player out there, and she gets like three offensive rebounds — that sparked our run. I just told them, stick with it. It is a game of runs, we’ll get ours,” said Fluco head coach Chad White.
By the end of the quarter Fluvanna had only given up two free throws while pouring in 12 points to bring it within four. To open the final stanza Kiana Childress hit a 3-pointer then Harris sank two free-throws to give FCHS the lead.
Childress scored eight of her game high 15 points in the fourth frame. Kate Stutz scored four of her nine points in the final minutes.
The Streaks managed just one point in the fourth quarter.
“I told our kids when it was 18-13 at halftime, ‘You aren’t going to lose many games giving up 13 points but you aren’t going to win many scoring 18 either.’ We only scored 12 in the second half,” said HHS head coach Bill Bayer.
Now Fluvanna will head to top seeded Amherst to play in the conference semifinals. A win moves it to the 4A North tournament.