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March 14, 2014

LIVE 6A Championship Blog at VCU

11:30 PM: Two days are down and one more to go in the 2014 VHSL State Basketball Tournament. Saturday's action will conclude with a pair of 1A title games and 2A title games for Boys and Girls Hoops at the Siegel Center at VCU. Five of those eight teams participating have two losses or less, so we're truly seeing the cream of the crop at those levels.

We've seen four very competitive Girls games so far for the Championship with Spotswood, Lake Taylor, Princess Anne and Cosby all capturing the crown in games decided by single-digits. All of us appreciate close battles, definitely more than the blowouts that get boring real fast. On the Boys side, Championship trophies have been handed out to Colonial Forge, Potomac, Norcom and John Marshall.

6A BOYS FINAL - - COLONIAL FORGE 58, LANDSTOWN 54
6A GIRLS FINAL - - COSBY 53, STONEWALL JACKSON 46
5A BOYS FINAL - - POTOMAC 54, HENRICO 42
5A GIRLS FINAL - - PRINCESS ANNE 57, HIGHLAND SPRINGS 52

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Postgame Audio with Colonial Forge Coach Jason John
Postgame Audio with Colonial Forge Presser

Postgame Sound with Landstown Coach Dwight Robinson

10:45 PM: A very well-played battle in the 6A State Championship between the Colonial Forge Eagles and Landstown Eagles. With most of the key pieces for both squads being underclassmen, I dare say we could see these two meet up again in the postseason next year.

Final Stats:

Colonial Forge Eagles 58: (27-1 Overall)
Winston Burgess - - 13Pts. 5-10FG, 3-8FT, 10Reb. 2Blk.
Carion Eaton - - 12Pts. 4-8FG, 2-2 3's, 2-2FT, 2Reb.
Jaylen Franklin - - 9Pts. 1-4FG, 6-8FT, 2Ast.
Gary Jennings - - 9Pts. 4-12FG, 5Reb. 4Stl.
Damen Daniel - - 8Pts. 3-6FG, 2-2FT, 3Reb.
Marco Haskins - - 2Pts. 1-9FG, 0-4 3's, 2Reb. 2Ast. 2Blk. 2Stl.
Forge Eagles - - 20-52FG, 5-11 3's, 13-23FT, 27Reb. 7Ast. 8TO's

Landstown Eagles 54: (23-6 Overall)
Darius Bolstad - - 21Pts. 7-7FG, 7-7FT, 13Reb. 4Blk.
Brandon Pringle - - 18Pts. 5-12FG, 2-5 3's, 6-7FT (Fouled Out)
R.J. Nicholson - - 5Pts. 2-6FG, 1-2FT, 1Reb.
Eric Watson - - 4Pts. 1-4FG, 2-3FT, 3Reb.
Lands Eagles - - 17-37FG, 2-10 3's, 18-21FT, 31Reb. 7Ast. 20TO's, 5Blk. 3Stl.

Down five with under three minutes to play and trailing by a point with less than a minute to go, Colonial Forge's 24-game winning streak was very much in jeopardy and the state title looked to be headed Landstown's way. But the Eagles got key plays from the likes of Jennings and Burgess as well as Daniel with a jumper that put them ahead for good with 42 seconds to play.

Forge outscored Landstown 15-10 in the fourth quarter and got 10 of those points off turnovers. Jennings really sparked that with his steals and defensive hustle. Haskins didn't have his typical night, and in fact, the 6A-South Region Player of the Year had one of his worst shooting games of the year. However, he didn't turn it over once in 25 minutes played and still did things defensively to impact the game. What Colonial Forge does so well as another Head Coach in 6A pointed out to me before this game is not beat themselves with a lot of mistakes. They turned it over only eight times the entire night, and they had 15 offensive rebounds against a 6-foot-8 star for Landstwn.

Speaking of that 6-foot-8 star for Landstown, can one have a better or more efficient stat line than Bolstad did? To be perfectly honest, he didn't get enough touches. Pringle played very well this postseason, but was contained much of the second half and Nicholson being in foul trouble carried over to some struggles at the offensive end for an Eagles team that was unable to hit a three-pointer in the second half.

10:10PM: With 1.2 seconds left and Colonial Forge up by three, junior Winston Burgess heads to the foul line to shoot. He misses the first, but makes the second that puts the finishing touches on a 5-0 spurt that allowed the Eagles to take the lead when they trailed with 1:08 to go after a basket by Darius Bolstad inside.

It's over and Colonial Forge has finished a magical season. The Eagles have won 25 in a row after losing in early December to Battlefield and Jason John's team from Stafford wins their first ever state title, following their first ever conference and regional crowns.

BOYS HOOPS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL - - COLONIAL FORGE 58, LANDSTOWN 54

We'll have more Stats and Postgame Reaction coming right here on THE Internet Resource for High School Sports in the state of Virginia - - VirginiaPreps.com!

10:05 PM: Down by one, Ladnstown puts the ball in the hands of Brandon Pringle and he looks to drive, but an offensive foul is called, allowing Colonial Forge to maintain a 55-54 lead. Colonial Forge is fouled with 10.4 seconds left, sending Damen Daniel to the foul line to shoot a pair. The worst news for Landstown is that Brandon Pringle, their leading scorer tonight and one of their primary outside shooting threats, has fouled out.

Daniel knocks both down. With 7.2 seconds to go, Landstown calls a 30-second time-put and will try to dial up a game-tying three-pointer. One of the x-factors to watch out for is sophomore Daryus Evans.

It's not Evans taking the 3, but rather junior wing R.J. Nicholson. He's been in foul trouble most of the night and the shot is almost down and instead pops out. A heart-breaking ending for Landstown, which led most of the way and almost got revenge against the team that beat them in the 6A-South Regional Championship.

10:00 PM: We're seeing some big-time shot making on both ends here in this 6A State Championship between two worthy title contenders in Landstown and Colonial Forge.

After two free-throws by Carion Eaton cut the deficit to one for Colonial Forge, they went ahead on a basket by Gary Jennings, 51-50 on Landstown. On two straight possessions, Landstown went inside to their junior star and State POY candidate Darius Bolstad. A baseline jumper by Jennings and Damen Daniel score puts Colonial Forge up 55-54 with 40 seconds left.

Coach Dwight Robinson calls time-out with 23.9 seconds left and Colonial Forge leads his Eagles 55-54. Will it be another dramatic win at the end like his team got vs. Woodside? Stay tuned to find out!

9:55 PM: A turnover with 3:43 to play might've been it for Colonial Forge, which trails 50-45 and was unable to convert out of the time-put by Coach Jason John. However, the Eagles get a turnover and Winston Burgess scores on a stick-back to trim the deficit to 50-47 with 3:18 to go. The defensive pressure for Forge has to be top-notch and create some turnovers, and it may take Landstown helping out with some missed free-throws.

Some really good time management by the Eagles in white (that's Landstown) by milking the clock down to 2:30 before burning another time-out, maintaining a 50-47 advantage without turning it over. Colonial Forge entered the fourth quarter with only six turnovers compared to 14 for Landstown, but the Eagles are used to these pressure situations and have executed mighty well like they did against Woodside in the regional semis in their dramatic comeback win.

9:48 PM: To start the fourth quarter, Landstown runs a beautiful, textbook high-low with junior forward Eric Watson finding junior center Darius Bolstad for the deuce to push the advantage to three points. The Eagles played practically the whole third quarter without their second leading scorer on the season in junior wing R.J. Nicholson, who has four fouls. Look for him to return early in the fourth quarter around the 5 or 6 minute mark.

Colonial Forge, which has had a fabulous season and is riding a 24-game winning streak, might be seeing the energy tank run low and close to empty. The Eagles aren't going to win this game unless they can get their guards to get on track, specifically Marco Haskins. Single-digits just isn't going to cut the mustard in my opinion for them to prevail.

9:43 PM: We're seeing why Colonial Forge has won 24 in a row and they've responded when Landstown was in position to go up seven or eight to take the lead. The Eagles' only loss this year came back in early December to Battlefield, a team that beat Landstown in the Sixth Annual VirginiaPreps.com Classic in January.

The Eagles in white (that would be Landstown) goes back in front 44-43 with a pair of free-throws by senior guard Brandon Pringle, the team's high scorer tonight with 16 points. Still only two points for Marco Haskins of Colonial Forge and that is simply hard to fathom. Credit outstanding defense played by Landstown on the 6A-South Region Player of the Year.

End 3rdQ in 6A Championship - - Landstown 44, Colonial Forge 43

9:38 PM: This is Colonial Forge's chance to get on a run. With Darius Bolstad, the 6-foot-8 junior monster in the middle for Landstown out of the game with three fouls, the Eagles can slice into this deficit. Two-sport standout Gary Jennings is giving them really good minutes in the front-court at both ends, and Winston Burgess, the junior center for Forge, is starting to challenge shots inside and attack the offensive glass.

Landstown just got called for their eighth team foul with 3:35 to go in the third quarter when Jennings draws a charge. That makes Coach Dwight Robinson of the Eagles irate. Burgess' bucket inside just 15 seconds later cuts the lead to one and they go up 43-42 on Jennings' lay-up with 1:51 left in the third quarter.

9:33 PM: I feel pretty strongly that if Landstown can push their lead up to eight or nine points, they will walk out of the Siegel Center tonight as State Champs. Of course, I type this less than 24 hours after Handley coughed up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter against Norcom (sorry Handley fans for bringing up a sore subject). Colonial Forge junior star Marco Haskins has been completely bottled up with three points on just one field in 20 minutes of action.

On the year, Haskins is putting up around 20 points per game and the main source of offense for an Eagles team that has consistently hit for 70-plus since the regional playoffs started. Without that type of production, their offense is looking at about 60 points or less when it's all said and done. They have to find ways to get him to the charity stripe.

A decision for Landstown as Darius Bolstad is called for his third personal foul with 5:07 left in the third quarter, only 31 seconds after completing a three-point play. Coach Dwight Robinson doesn't hesitate and brings in senior Owen Obasyui, who's headed to Hampton University to play College Football and provides beef inside.

9:28 PM: Just 20 seconds into the third quarter, Landstown junior wing R.J. Nicholson picks up his fourth personal foul and that forces Coach Dwight Robinson to go to his bench and sub Eric Watson, who has played pretty well in limited minutes.

In the past three games, Colonial Forge has lived at the free-throw line and it has been a major part of their success. In this game, they haven't gone there nearly as much, nor have they been able to convert at a strong percentage. With 5:52 to go in the third quarter, it's Landstown clinging to a 37-34 advantage after Colonial Forge splits a pair at the line with Jaylen Fraknlin.

9:21 PM: In the 6A-South Region Championship, it was Colonial Forge beating Landstown by a count of 72-68. Through one half of play in the 6A State Championship though, it's Landstown in the lead by five, trying to avenge that loss and win their first state title. Nine years ago, they lost in the AAA title game to Woodside.

Here are the numbers at the break . . .

Stats at the Half:

Landstown 35:
Brandon Pringle - - 14Pts. 5-10FG, 2-5 3's, 2-2FT
Darius Bolstad - - 10Pts. 3-3FG, 4-4FT, 9Reb. 3Blk.
R.J. Nicholson - - 5Pts. 2-5FG, 1-2FT
Eric Watson - - 4Pts. 1-2FG, 2-3FT, 2Reb.
Lands Eagles - - 12-26FG, 2-9 3's, 9-11FT, 23Reb. 5Ast. 8TO's, 3Blk. 2Stl.

Colonial Forge 30:
Carion Eaton - - 10Pts. 4-7FG, 2-2 3's, 2Reb.
Jaylen Franklin - - 6Pts. 1-4FG, 3-4FT
Damen Daniel - - 4Pts. 2-5FG, 3Reb.

Forge Eagles - - 11-32FG, 4-9 3's, 4-8FT, 15Reb. 4Ast. 3TO's, 3Blk. 4Stl.

Pringle is shooting extremely well and taken his game up a peg this postseason. Bolstad is controlling the paint like normal and hasn't missed from the field or at the foul line. You can't get more efficient than that. For Landstown to win, they have to keep the turnovers down, create some points off the few mistakes Colonial Forge makes, and get some timely scores from Nicholson, Cooper or Nady.

Colonial Forge is only down five, despite Marco Haskins, their leading scorer on the year and a 6A State Player of the Year candidate, with only two points on 1-of-6 shooting. He hasn't hit from three-point land like he did in the previous meeting. Only three turnovers so far for Colonial Forge and they are getting the shots it takes to win; they just have to find ways to get Haskins in the paint and to the foul line, where he's yet to be through 16 minutes of play.

9:15 PM: Six-foot-8 junior center Darius Bolstad, clearly one of the best players in the state from the Class of 2015 without a D-1 offer to date, scores inside for Landstown and is fouled. He converts the three-point play to put him in double-figures. He's well on his way to another 20 & 10 night, and Colonial Forge doesn't have an answer for him, nor do probably 95% of the teams in 6A in the state for that matter.

Colonial Forge cannot get one to fall before the half and that brings us to intermission with the Eagles in white leading the ones in green.

6A Championship at the Half - - Landstown 35, Colonial Forge 30

We'll have some stats to go over momentarily . . .

9:10 PM: A much-needed three-pointer is drilled by Jaylen Franklin of Colonial Forge to cut the Landstown lead down to five at 32-27. Up until that point, the Landstown defense was starting to take away some of those perimeter looks of the Eagles in green. Meanwhile, the Eagles in white are getting whatever they want offensively it appears.

The lefty sophomore guard Carion Eaton has sprinkled in some 3's and now the 5-foot-8 little man attacked the hoop hard against the 6-foot-8 center Darius Bolstad of Landstown for the basket. At the other end, Bolstad counters to take the lead from 32-30 to 35-30 as he scores and converts the three-point play at the charity stripe.

If Landstown can come up with two stops to end the half, they've got to feel great with how they have performed in what might be their most efficient offensive performance through two quarters of play all season, even more so than their sterling performance to open up regional play vs. Kecoughatn when they finished shooting 60% from the field.

9:06 PM: Colonial Forge has gone to a 1-2-2 zone defense, bringing a defender up with the cutter. That leaves the middle wide open and Landstown will have to counter by feeding the big man Darius Bolstad, perhaps in a high-low situation.

With 2:45 to go in the second quarter, it's Landstown on top 30-25 after Tyriq Nady's basket off a turnover. In this nip-and-tuck battle thus far, a five-point advantage seems substantial. Colonial Forge has not gotten a ton of production offensively out of Marco Haskins or Jaylen Franklin, who had the hot hand in their State Semis win over Lake Braddock.

Both of these teams have shown the ability to come from behind as Forge erased a half-time deficit in the Conference 4 Tournament Championship vs. C.D. Hylton, and Landstown practically rose from the dead in the regional semis vs. Woodside, winning on a Bolstad buzzer-beater.

9:00 PM: Breaking the 21-all tie is Landstown senior guard Brandon Pringle, sinking a three-pointer in the corner to give him half of the Eagles 'points in this first half. Making his presence known inside on defense is 6-foot-8 junior center Darius Bolstad, who blocks a shot. That leads to a break opportunity, though the Eagles rush a three-pointer and don't reward the big man for running the floor and making a play on defense.

Colonial Forge's guards are starting to play just a tad bit on the sloppy side and that has resulted in a couple of empty trips. Landstown turns it right back over, and the Eagles of Colonial Forge capitalize with Isiah Williams' first field goal. It's 24-23 in favor of Landstown nearing the 5 minute mark of the second quarter.

8:54 PM: Although the Landstown Eagles are doing just about everything right offensively in the half-court, getting jumpers from Brandon Pringle and a basket + 1 opportunity from Eric Watson. Colonial Forge isn't going away though on their end and sophomore guard Carion Eaton is providing a lift off the bench with two three-point makes, the latest coming right before the horn to conclude the first quarter.

End 1stQ in 6A Championship - - Landstown 21, Colonial Forge 19

Landstown is doing a better job on Marco Haskins defensively, but others for Colonial Forge are stepping up. These two teams are spacing the floor and sharing the ball very well. They both execute so well and their coaches adjust that it'll be hard for any major kind of run to occur to stretch the lead out.

8:50 PM: One of the trademarks of Landstown over the years has been their mixture of presses and traps they use defensively, whether it's in the half-court or full-court. However, in the early going, it has been Colonial Forge dialing up the pressure as Jason John's Eagles have turned Landstown over a couple times. Junior point guard T.J. Flood hits a three-pointer and the Landstown lead that was eight is down to only one at 16-15.

Senior guard Brandon Pringle continues to shoot it with confidence this postseason. He stepped up in a gigantic way in the regional semifinals against Woodside and he's got nine points here, the latest and outside jumper to push the lead back up to 19-15. The starters have executed just about everything that Landstown's coaching staff would want in the half-court so far, and Colonial Forge will have to make some adjustments defensively in the half-court.

8:44 PM: Coach Dwight Robinson of Landstown couldn't ask for a better start offensively as the Eagles are about 6-of-8 from the floor. Darius Bolstad has five points, while senior guard Brandon Pringle (12PPG in the postseason) has a pair of makes and junior wing R.J. Nicholson is clawing his teeth into the defense.

Colonial Forge is doing a fairly decent job offensively with Damen Daniel, one of their few seniors and a football player as well, hitting the offensive glass for a couple of stick-backs. Sophomore guard Carion Eaton drains a three-pointer off the bench and that trims the Landstown lead to 14-9 at the midway point of the opening quarter.

8:38 PM: We're underway in the 6A State Championship between Colonial Forge and Landstown, both nicknamed the Eagles. When they met on this same VCU floor just two weeks ago, it was Colonial Forge prevailing 72-68 in what was an offensive shoot-out.

The two junior stars for each team, 6A-South Region Player of the Year Marco Haskins for Colonial Forge and Conference 1 Defensive Player of the Year Darius Bolstad of Landstown, were stellar that night. They'll nee to be again and get help from their supporting casts.

Landstown gets a three-point play the old-fashion way from Bolstad to start, while Forge counters with a driving basket from Haskins.

8:15 PM: Before we get to the action in the Boys 6A State Basketball Championship in the battle between Eagles from Colonial Forge and Landstown, let's go over the numbers in the 6A Girls Basketball State Championship, where Cosby outlasted Stonewall Jackson in what was a rather good tussle the whole way.

Final Stats:

Cosby Lady Titans 53: (26-0 Overall)
Dorothy Adomako - - 23Pts. 8-24FG, 7-12FT, 16eb. 2Ast. 2Stl.
Jocelyn Jones - - 14Pts. 4-14FG, 6-6FT, 6Stl.
Tyra Whitehead - - 6Pts. 2-8FG, 12Reb. 2Ast. 3Stl.
Syke Jefferson - - 6Pts. 3-9FG, 6Reb.
Lady Titans - - 18-56FG, 0-6 3's, 17-23FT, 42Reb. 6Ast. 10TO's, 3Blk. 11Stl.

Stonewall Jackson Lady Raiders 46: (22-7 Overall)
Nicole Floyd - - 19Pts. 6-10FG, 6-10FT, 12Reb. 2Ast.
Genesis Parker - - 11Pts. 4-18FG, 2-8 3's, 4Ast.
Rachel Burns - - 10Pts. 3-7FG, 3-4FT, 4Reb. (Fouled Out)
Lady Raiders - - 16-47FG, 4-15 3's, 10-16FT, 30Reb. 10Ast. 13TO's, 2Blk. 3Stl.

Miss Adomako was absolutely tremendous and put up outstanding numbers of 23 points and 16 rebounds while facing a future ACC player in Floyd and still managed a high scoring output despite 33% shooting from the floor. Jones' defensive play cannot be overstated; her ability to disrupt the ball-handlers led to some key turnovers and scoring opportunities for Cosby, and Stonewall Jackson is a team that doesn't make that many mistakes.

The future still remains bright for Stonewall Jackson, and Parker can be an impact player in the years to come. In this game, the rebounding was hard to overcome as Cosby extended their possessions with five or six players on the roster at least 6-feet-tall.

7:59 PM: It's now over and the Cosby Lady Titans have done the unthinkable, completing an undefeated season in High School Basketball. Regardless of competition and classification, to go an entire season, wire-to-wire, unbeaten is quite an impressive accomplishment. Major kudos to Coach Rachel Mead and her gals for getting that done and answering the call when Stonewall Jackson came out with a great start offensively.

GIRLS HOOPS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL - - COSBY 53, STONEWALL JACKSON 46

We'll have numbers to wrap this one up in just a little bit. One more game to go on this Friday evening and it ought to be a dandy in the 6A Boys Basketball State Championship with Colonial Forge and Landstown in a re-match of the 6A-South Regional Final. We know for sure that the Eagles will prevail.

7:55 PM: To win a Championship, it sometimes takes a team being able to ice it at the free-throw line when the opposition is making a rally. That is what undefeated Cosby has done as Stonewall Jackson standout Nicole Floyd, a Wake Forest commit, drained a tough three-pointer to pull the Lady Raiders within three at 49-46 with 17.8 seconds left.

Down the stretch in the final 30 seconds, Cosby was a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line as Jocelyn Jones (UNC), Tyra Whitehead (Wake Forest) and Dorothy Adomako (Georgetown) all calmly sank free-throws to finish the job.

The final seconds are ticking away and it appears that Cosby will capture their first state title in the school's history in Girls Basketball.

7:48 PM: Just when Cosby thought they might be pulling away and in position to salt away their ever State Championship here in the Girls 6A State Final, the Stonewall Jackson Lady Raiders are inching closer. They get to the foul line, knock down 1-of-2, and create a couple of turnovers with their athleticism on defense.

Cosby is still in front by a count of 45-41 with 1:26 to play. A jump-ball and possession arrow in favor of the Lady Titans keeps Stonewall Jackson from having a shot to get within one or two. As long as the guards for Cosby can play keep away and effectively milk clock, they'll be fine. But Stonewall Jackson is going to need a couple of three-pointers to fall to complete stunning comeback.

7:42 PM: The defense for Cosby in the early part of this fourth quarter has been nothing short of superb. Major kudos must go to guard Jocelyn Jones, a 6-foot-tall sophomore verbally committed to UNC. She's really locking up the Stonewall Jackson guards and it's making the Lady Raiders depend on scoring from their front-court. With Cosby's size inside, that isn't always easy to get.

Bad news for Stonewall Jackson is that with 3:58 to go, Nicole Floyd (Wake Forest commit) is called for her fourth foul. Cosby is in the bonus and that will allow sophomore Tyra Whitehead, another Wake Forest commit, to head to the foul line and try to up that 41-36 lead.

7:34 PM: Three quarters of basketball are complete in the Girls 6A State Championship, where the Cosby Lady Titans have re-gained the lead after trailing by five after one quarter and by three at the half against the Stonewall Jackson Lady Raiders.

End 3rdQ in Girls 6A Hoops Championship - - Cosby 36, Stonewall Jackson 34

Stonewall Jackson has done an effective job of doubling, and even occasionally, triple teaming the Cosby star inside Dorothy Adomako. She still is making a major impact on this game with 14 points and 13 rebounds despite a rough shooting night of 5-for-20. When the guards can play so well, which Jocelyn Jones (UNC commit) has done with 10 points and no turnovers while coming up with four steals defensively, it makes this Cosby team so difficult to defend. They have others that hit the boards besides Adomako, too.

For Cosby to gain some separation and much-needed breathing room, they're going t have to knock down a couple of outside shots to loosen up the defense. So far, they are 0-for-6 from beyond the arc. Stonewall Jackson is +9 in that category, but minus 11 on the boards with two of those starters yet to record an offensive rebound. They have to extend possessions because shooting over 35% in the fourth and final quarter will be hard to do.

7:29 PM: One of Nicole Floyd's future teammates at Wake Forest will be Tyra Whitehead, a 6-foot-3 sophomore that has not been much of a factor offensively, but corralled five defensive rebounds. Whitehead's basket puts Cosby back on top 33-32. Floyd has been to the foul line 106 times on the season and made 86 coming into this title match. Cosby is starting to maximize their trips there after no attempts from the charity stripe in the first quarter.

For Stonewall Jackson to extend their winning streak to 14 games to close the season and knock off a Cosby team that is ranked as high as #17 nationally by USA Today, they're going to need to defend inside without fouling. Floyd is known for her offensive exploits, but it'll be defensively keeping Adomako from swooping in for rebounds that will determine this one.

7:24 PM: To start the second half, Stonewall Jackson has come out with a renewed sense or energy and aggressiveness behind their senior leader Nicole Floyd. The Wake Forest signee had seven points in the first half and is up to 11 after a couple of quick makes. Complementing her out nicely is sophomore Genesis Parker, a 5-foot-8 sophomore with a knack for making the difficult plays look easy.

Those two players, Floyd and Parker, have 11 points apiece. Suddenly, Stonewall Jackson is back in the lead at 32-31, riding an 8-4 spurt with a little less than four minutes to go in the third quarter.

7:17 PM: We have reached intermission and the Cosby Lady Titans have closed the second quarter on a 9-0 run to go up by three against a really prepared and hungry Stonewall Jackson team that came out in a groove offensively.

Stats at the Half:

Cosby 27:
Dorothy Adomako - - 11Pts. 4-12FG, 3-6FT, 10Reb. 2Ast.
Jocelyn Jones - - 8Pts. 4-11FG, 2Reb. 2Stl.
Skye Jefferson - - 4Pts. 2-5FG, 3Reb.
Lady Titans - - 12-34FG, 0-4 3's, 3-6FT, 24Reb. 6Ast. 5TO's, 4Stl.

Stonewall Jackson 24:
Genesis Parker - - 9Pts. 3-11FG, 2-4 3's, 3Ast.
Rachel Burns - - 8Pts. 2-4FG, 1-2 3's, 3-4FT
Nicole Floyd - - 7Pts. 3-6FG, 5Reb.
Lady Raiders - -8-24FG, 3-7 3's 5-8FT, 16Reb. 5Ast. 6TO's, 3Stl.

What really jumps out to me in the first half statistics is that Cosby took 10 more shots and controlled the glass, being +12. Having Adomako allows them to get second shots, and not to be forgotten is Jefferson who has three offensive boards and is no slouch in the frontcourt either.

As long as Cosby gets out on shooters and doesn't give up too many clean looks from the outside, Coach Mead's team will complete the undefeated dream season.

7:13 PM: Wake Forest pledge Nicole Floyd has displayed a really good middle game shooting the basketball for Stonewall Jackson to make up for a quiet first half so far on the backboards. There's a reason why she's going to play her College Hoops in the ACC and averages 23PPG. Her jumper is pure and offensive game is lethal.

Cosby is starting to get second chance opportunities and make the most of them behind their front-line tandem of Dorothy Adomako (Georgetown) and Skye Jefferson (UNC-Greensboro). North Carolina signee Jocelyn Jones gives the Lady Titans the lead 25-21 late in the first half after scoring on two consecutive possessions. Jones is a player that can give teams headaches when she gets rolling.

7:09 PM: The second period has belonged to Cosby as they have been able to get in the paint with Dorothy Adomako and Skye Jefferson doing work. We're seeing the Lady Titans stay patient at the offensive end and not rush things. Defensively, they still have some things to iron out because Stonewall Jackson is converting and seeing a lot of high-percentage shots.

Stonewall Jackson buries a three-pointer with Rachel Burns, a 5-foot-6 junior and captain to increase their lead to 24-18 with 5:02 left in the half. Cosby is zeroing in on them, and once the guards start to penetrate the defense, it could be tough for the Lady Raiders' defense to handle them given their noticeable height advantage.

7:03 PM: Offensively, everything seems to be falling the way of Stonewall Jackson and it's not necessarily indicative in the statistics with them shooting 40% at 6-of-15 compared to the 6-of-187 for Cosby at 35.3% from the floor. They turned the ball over only twice and really held their own against a Cosby team with great size, having five players at 6-feet-tall or bigger.

No outside shots have gone down for Cosby and I reckon that will change in the second quarter as they start to pound the ball inside and the Stonewall Jackson defense has to collapse on those post players like Dorothy Adomako, the Gatorade Girls Basketball State Player of the Year who comes in averaging 21.7 points per game.

End 1stQ in Girls 6A Championship - - Stonewall Jackson 17, Cosby 12

6:52 PM: Action is almost one quarter through between Cosby, an undefeated team under the direction of Coach Rachel Mead with four Division I prospects, and a Stonewall Jackson team that is trying to win its first title after finishing as runner-up in 2011.

Stonewall Jackson has come out and really spread the floor well in building an 11-4 lead with just under four minutes to go in the fist quarter. Sophomore guard Genesis Parker has six early points and is appearing to be an x-factor for Coach Diana Martinez' Lady Raiders. Cosby has had trouble attacking this Stonewall Jackson defense, which is cutting off passing lanes exceptionally. Outside shots aren't falling, so Georgetown signee Dorothy Adomako will have to create some offense by hitting the offensive boards for this team.

Another three-pointer by Parker pushes the Stonewall Jackson lead to 14-9 with just over two minutes to go in the opening period.

6:45 PM: Hello friends and welcome to Day 2 of our LIVE Blog Coverage from the 2014 VHSL State Basketball Tournament at the Verizon Wireless Arena in the Stuart C. Siegel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. It's the Night Session, and in case you missed it earlier, let's go over the results from the 5A State Championships in Girls and Boys Basketball before we get you set for the 6A title games. We have links to the previous blogs below as well.

To see the 3A Championship Blog (Session #1) Click Here
To see the 4A Championship Blog (Session #2) Click Here
To see the 5A Championship Blog (Session #3) Click Here

Also be sure to follow the Hatfield Sports Twitter feed for periodic updates and tidbits, too.

Below you can see the matchups with records and times when the Championship games will be played here at VCU over the next couple of days as well as the results of last night's title matches that brought plenty of excitement to the city of Richmond.

 

5A State Championships from earlier Today:

5A GIRLS FINAL - - PRINCESS ANNE 57, HIGHLAND SPRINGS 52
5A BOYS FINAL - - POTOMAC 54, HENRICO 42

 

3A State Championships from Thursday:

3A GIRLS FINAL - - SPOTSWOOD 56, BROADWAY 49
3A BOYS FINAL - - JOHN MARSHALL 74, GEORGE WYTHE 56

 

4A State Championships from Thursday:

4A GIRLS FINAL - - LAKE TAYLOR 57, WILLIAM FLEMING 50
4A BOYS FINAL - - NORCOM 59, HANDLEY 52

 

6A State Championships on Friday:

Girls - S1 Cosby (25-0) vs. N1 Stonewall Jackson (22-6) - - March 14 at 6:30PM
Boys - S1 Colonial Forge (26-1) vs. S2 Landstown (23-5) - - March 14 at 8:30PM

 

1A State Championships on Saturday:

Girls - W1 Honaker (24-6) vs. W2 Chilhowie (25-2) - - March 15 at Noon
Boys - E1 Altavista (22-3) vs. W1 Radford (26-2) - - March 15 at 2PM

 

2A State Championships on Saturday:

Girls - W1 Gate City (25-2) vs. W2 Central-Wise (23-6) - - March 15 at 6:30PM
Boys - E1 Bruton (26-1) vs. W1 Dan River (24-0) - - March 15 at 8:30PM

 

VAPREPS BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEWS:

6A Preview - - Colonial Forge vs. Landstown
5A Preview - - Henrico vs. Potomac
4A Preview - - Norcom vs. Handley
3A Preview - - George Wythe vs. John Marshall
2A Preview - - Bruton vs. Dan River
1A Preview - - Radford vs. Altavista

 

Matthew Hatfield serves as State Basketball Analyst for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail hatfieldsports2k4@yahoo.com, and don't forget to listen to him every Saturday at 10AM on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.


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