Louisa County’s boys basketball team never really stops attacking. It just turns out that Huguenot doesn’t either, and Friday night, the Falcons got the better of the Lions, pulling away for a 70-55 victory thanks to some stingy defense around the basket by Huguenot’s 7-footer Eric Rustin and Deshawn Ridley’s 21 points.
The loss ends the Lions’ season while the Falcons earn a state tournament berth and will take on Monacan in the region final.
The Lions, who’ve had their best success this season where they won a share of the regular season Jefferson District crown when Jarrett Hunter and Malik Bell are driving and creating while Chris Shelton knocks down 3-pointers. With Rustin coming with a critical series of rejections and altering a lot of others, the Lions’ offense sputtered down the stretch while the Falcons got going and knocked down several critical free throws. Huguenot went 9-for-9 at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.
Lance Monteiro finished with 14 points for the Falcons while Rustin added 15.
Louisa’s Chris Shelton finished with 21 points while Chris Steppe scratched out 12 and Hunter finished with 10. Hunter scored eight of his 10 in the second quarter before the Falcons appeared to adjust to shut off open lanes for the quick point guard. Bell scored eight points, with six of them coming at the free throw line.