2 Henrico Edges 9 Highland Springs

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The first showdown between two teams ranked in the AAA Hoops Preseason State Top 10 came on Friday night between
a couple of Capital at Highland Springs
High School when the ninth-ranked Springers played
host to the #2 ranked Henrico Warriors.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Expected to be a fast-paced battle for 32 minutes, it
started out as an up-tempo clash, but things slowed down in the second quarter
with Henrico winning a lower scoring game than they're accustomed to playing,
58-51 to improve their record to 3-0 overall on the season.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"It's a tremendous win because it's a district win, and
second of all because it was against a rival.
That had something to do with the score and the conditions of being hot
and kids cramping up," remarked Henrico Head Basketball Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Vance Harmon afterwards.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Both teams came out, rolled their sleeves up and we got
stops when we needed. We held them to
1-of-16 from the three-point line, which I thought was tremendous as well as
winning the rebounding battle by +11, two pretty big stats to me."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>After grabbing a 15-5 lead going into the second
quarter, Henrico then outscored Highland Springs 14-4 over the next eight
minutes to go up double-figures at intermission.
style=> The Warriors led by as many as 16.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Highland Springs didn't score a field goal the last
5:27 of the first half. The
class=SpellE>Springers also didn't attempt a single free-throw through
two quarters of play. Led by senior
guards Jordon Talley and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Tim Jones, the Warriors' emphasis was
to keep Highland Springs floor general C.J.
Wiggins in check. That objective was
accomplished, holding Wiggins to four points on 1-of-8 shooting on the night.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Highland Springs would make a run in the second half, pulling
within two with 57 seconds remaining.
Talley, who scored a game-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, stepped
up in crunch time with a basket to make it a two possession game, followed by a
pair of free-throws.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I just felt like I had to make a play and then make a
big stop on the defensive end. We did
what we had to do," Talley commented.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"The whole week, we were practicing defense and Coach
kept preaching defense. We wanted to
play good help defense and keep C.J. out of the paint.
style=> Some nights we win it at the offensive end
and other nights we can win it with defense.
For the last two years, we've led the state in scoring, so we know if we
play good defense we can win every game."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Henrico got contributions from all over with 6-foot-6
senior forward Marvin Smith posting
a double-double, 13 points and 13 rebounds, and
normal'>Stephen Booker collecting 13 rebounds to go with seven points.
style=> Smith, long and active in the front-court,
was a major factor against Highland Springs'
normal'>Ralph Stovall, who nearly recorded a double-double as well with 19
points, nine boards and six steals.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Marvin's a big part of the team and he's the third
captain along with Tim and me," Talley pointed out.
style=> "We've been on the team for four years and
we've all known each other since we were little."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>That chemistry is a big plus for Henrico.
style=> Their other starters, Jones and freshman
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Buckingham, added 11 points and four
assists on the night.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Even after graduating Capital District Player of the
Year Evan Thorpe, who's now playing his College Basketball at Christopher
Newport University, Henrico continues to boast a balanced attack with several
different weapons capable of striking.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"No matter what happens in the game, it's what we do
and that we're trying to have success.
Whether it's points, rebounding, defending, it doesn't make a difference
who does it as long we do it together. On
any given night, any one of us can do it and I think that's carried over
throughout the years," Harmon stated.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Our guys are interchangeable to me.
style=> Our seniors, particularly Smith, Jones,
Talley, Booker, whoever's hot, they just tend to rise to the occasion.
style=> The great thing is they don't have egos, they're
happy for each other, which is rare for young kids.
style=> It's kind of a next man up mentality.
style=> That's one reason why we can have a decent

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Henrico, which finished 28-3 overall last season and
made it to the State Final Four before being eliminated by eventual Champ
Hampton 74-60, has grand expectations.
Their seniors are looking at it as State Championship or bust this year.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"It's a well-rounded team.
style=> We're just trying to get better
game-by-game. If we don't win it, then
it's a season of failure. We want to leave
it all on the court."



115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Postgame Audio with Henrico Head
Basketball Coach Vance Harmon

style=> *** Courtesy
of Chris Jones & STATVA (

Jordon Talley - - 23Pts. 10-15FG, 2-4FT, 6Reb. 2Ast.
Marvin Smith - - 13Pts. 6-11FG, 13Reb. 2Ast.
Stephen Booker - - 7Pts. 3-8FG, 13Reb. 2Blk.
Tim Jones - - 6Pts. 2-8FG, 2Reb. 3Ast.
De'Monte Buckingham - - 5Pts. 1-6FG, 3Reb.

Springs 51:
Ralph Stovall - - 19Pts. 8-16FG, 3-4FT, 9Reb. 6Stl.
Curtis Jones - - 13Pts. 3-16FG, 7-8FT, 4Reb.
Romeo Jones - - 6Pts. 3-8FG, 10Reb. 3Blk.
Dante Jones - - 5Pts. 2-3FG
C.J. Wiggins - - 4Pts. 1-8FG, 2-2FT, 3Reb. 5Ast.



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