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LIVE 1A Championship Blog at VCU

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Our first session on
this Saturday is over and the Chilhowie Girls and Altavista
Boys have represented with Championship victories today over quality opponents
in Honaker, which beat Chilhowie in the regional title game, and a Radford team
that had won three state titles since 2009.
In the case of Chilhowie's ladies, they put together the largest margin
of victory in a Group A State Championship in 12 years.
style=> Altavista won its
second state title in a row.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Coming up this evening, it's Central-Wise vs. Gate City
in the 2A Girls Championship and Bruton vs. Dan River in the 2A Boys
Championship. That Blog will come your way beginning around 6:30/7:00 PM this
evening. It'll conclude our LIVE Blog
Coverage of the 2014 VHSL State Basketball Tournament.

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GIRLS FINAL - - CHILHOWIE 60, HONAKER 34
1A BOYS FINAL - - ALTAVISTA 49, RADFORD 44

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Coach Mike Cartolaro
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class=SpellE>Altavista
style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>Postgame Presser with Radford

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PM:
style=> The Altavista
Colonels are your VHSL State Tournament Champions for 2014 in Group 1 High
School Basketball. They took down a
Radford Bobcats team that was ranked #1 all season long.
style=>

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Let's go over the Final Stats from this one before we
break for the Night Session, which will feature the 2A title games, on this
Saturday in the 2014 VHSL State Tournament.

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Stats:

style='font-size:9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Altavista
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>
115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Colonels 49:
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>
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(23-3 Overall)
Darius Johnson - - 14Pts. 6-11FG, 2-3FT, 6Reb. 2Stl.
Demetrius Johnson - - 9Pts. 2-3FG, 5-6FT, 8Reb.
Juan Thornhill - - 9Pts. 3-9FG,
3-7FT, 6Reb. 4Ast.
Meche Maulbeck - - 7Pts.
3-9FG, 2Reb.
Walker Allen - - 6Pts. 2-2FG, 1-1 3's, 2Reb.
Colonels - - 18-41FG, 2-9 3's, 11-18FT, 30Reb. 9Ast. 13TO's,
2Blk. 7Stl.

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Bobcats 44:
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style=> (26-3 Overall)
Nate Jones - - 24Pts. 10-15FG, 4-7FT, 10Reb.
Marcus Finley - - 7Pts. 2-14FG, 2-12 3's, 1-3FT, 2Ast.
Isaiah Phillips - - 5Pts. 2-12FG, 1-2FT, 8Reb. 3Stl
class=GramE>.
Zach Bradley - - 2Pts. 1-1FG, 4Reb. 3Stl.
Bobcats - - 17-46FG, 2-18 3's, 8-14FT, 32Reb. 9Ast. 14TO's,
0Blk. 9Stl.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What has made Altavista so
dynamic this season is their ability to score in different ways, going to the
post play with the Johnson twins or seeing their guards break people off the
bounce or finish in transition.
class=SpellE>Thornhill and Maulbeck were
solid, and Allen quietly gave them fine minutes off the bench.
style=> Altavista rebounded
better as the game went along, and they had a reasonable amount of success
against Radford's man-to-man defense, particularly in a key stretch midway
through the third quarter that allowed them to open the lead up to nine.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Even in a loss, Jones put forth a terrific display, and
we've come to expect that from him in his career so far at Radford, which is
why he's a D-1 prospect. Phillips and
Finley didn't have their typical games as Altavista's
defense dared Finley to be more of a shooter than distributor.
style=> The subpar perimeter shooting was too much
for a very good Radford team to overcome against a squad that can hurt you
inside or out.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We'll have more to come . . . keep it tuned to
VirginiaPreps.com!

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>All year long, the
class=SpellE>Altavista Colonels and Radford Bobcats have been the Class
of High School Basketball in Virginia in 1A.
Radford has been ranked #1 the entire season and Altavista
#2 with each team looking to repeat as State Champs in the first year of the
new realignment. It'll be the Colonels
doing so as they hold off the Bobcats in the end, getting a total team effort
as four starters scored between 7 and 14 points for Coach
normal'>Mike Cartolaro's
squad.

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background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>BOYS HOOPS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL - - ALTAVISTA
49, RADFORD 44
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"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Although the Bobcats see their season end at 26-3
overall, they had another superb season under veteran Head Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Rick Cormany.
style=> Their three losses were by a total of 11
points. The Bobcats were denied their
fourth state title in 2009, but ran into another team with Championship
experience and lots of talent on its side.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Misses on the
front-end of two 1 and 1 foul shot opportunities for Altavista
has kept them from putting this one away.
Radford gets closer with 18.3 seconds left on another splendid offensive
play from their junior guard Nate Jones,
a Conference Player of the Year.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Bobcats are going to turn to their full-court
pressure out of a time-out in hopes of creating a turnover.
style=> However, Altavista
breaks it with Meche
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Maulbeck racing
down the court, catching the baseball pass and scoring on a lay-up.
style=> Radford misses at the other end, and with 3.3
seconds left, the Colonels are in front by a count of 48-44 with the Colonel
Crazies starting to celebrate.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This will be the third state title for Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Mike Cartolaro
style='font-weight:normal'>'s team since 2004 as they have
had a wonderful season, only losing to Goochland, who they later defeated, and undefeated
Dan River twice. Oh by the way, Dan
River is undefeated and later facing Bruton for the 2A State Championship.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Out of a time-out,
Radford puts Nate Jones back into
the game and he scores, gliding to the rim and drawing contact.
style=> His free-throw is no good, but the
class=SpellE>Altavista lead is down to 44-41 with 2:25 remaining.
style=> Sophomore guard
normal'>Marcus Finley makes two stellar defensive plays for the Bobcats,
but Radford is to pull closer.

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makes it a two-possession lead as 5-foot-11 senior captain
normal'>Richard Hubbard scores with 1:22 to go.
style=> The Colonels' role players like Hubbard and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Walker Allen have stepped up at
critical times to help out their main four playmakers.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With 44.6 seconds left, Altavista
is shooting a one-and-one, ahead 46-41 on their fellow defending State Champs,
the Radford Bobcats.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We have reached the 3:39
mark and it's Altavista up 44-40 on Radford after a
pair of free-throws by DeAndre
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Cook.
Moments ago, Demetrius Johnson had
a nice finish versus contact for the Colonels in the open floor.
style=> Altavista's
transition game has had timely buckets to help them steady or increase the lead
when it has mattered most.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>More than anything though, the difference in this game
so far has been the Colonels' defensive attention to detail, taking away what
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Isaiah Phillips and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Marcus Finley, the #2 and #3 scoring
options for Radford, do best. The
Johnson twins have performed well on the front-line well to complement guards
class=SpellE>Meche
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Maulbeck and
Juan Thornhill,
too.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Radford is getting
closer thanks to junior 6-foot-4 shooting guard
normal'>Nate Jones, who is exploding to the cup on a couple of drives, one
in transition. To me, he's a mid-major level
prospect with what he's showing today and has room for growth in his game,
primarily on the defensive end because once he translates that leaping ability to
that end of the floor, he'll be an even more dangerous
player.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With 6:06 left to play, it's Altavista
leading 39-36. The Colonels have tried
to go to some isolations the last two trips down the
floor and it didn't work. They need to
find a way to give Darius Johnson a
high-percentage shot in the low post or high post area, or get it in the hands
of Juan Thornhill
on a slash to the hoop and let him use that natural athleticism to attack.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Things starting to
get a little chippy as
normal'>Walker Allen of Altavista and Radford's
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Nate Jones exchanged some words after a
foul. Trailing 39-30, Radford needs to
step it up and the Bobcats do so with a Jones bucket in transition; he's got 17
of their 32 points thus far to keep them alive offensively.
style=> Beating the horn is
normal'>Anthony Miano, a 6-foot-2 senior forward
and captain for the Bobcats.

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3rdQ in 1A State Championship - - Altavista 39,
Radford 34

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>These first three minutes are going to be critical for
Radford and they have to take better care of the basketball.
style=> They committed six of their 12 turnovers in
that third quarter.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A terrific off the
glass score by Altavista's
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Meche
normal'> Maulbeck, using the spinner in the lane,
pushes Altavista's lead to 33-25, their largest of
the ballgame. Radford comes back with
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Marcus Finley's second three-pointer of
the third quarter. Altavista
comes back with their x-factor, sophomore sub
normal'>Walker Allen to push the lead back up to eight.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>UVA football commit
normal'>Juan Thornhill is showing off the
defensive back skills with a tremendous catch on the break and finish, drawing
the foul in the process. It's a 38-30
lead for Altavista with 2:10 left until the fourth
quarter gets underway. A steal from
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Richard Hubbard and the Colonels can
now push it to double-figures with a basket.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It has been a sloppy
start to the third quarter for Radford, which was able to tie the score up at
23 on a three-pointer from Marcus Finley
at the 6:18 mark. That was their
first conversion from beyond the arc in the game, much to the delight of Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Rick Cormany.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Since then though, Altavista
has taken control with Darius Johnson going
to work in the painted area. He's
displaying superb footwork and maneuvering well inside to get to his spots to
attack, using the occasional dribble move when needed.
style=> He's getting favorable one-on-one matchups
inside that the Bobcats have to adjust to defensively soon.
style=> Altavista goes up
by four on a basket from Richard Hubbard,
and then it's a six-point advantage with over four minutes to go in the third
quarter on another hoop from Johnson.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Through two quarters
of play, it's the Altavista Colonels leading the
Radford Bobcats in a matchup of defending State Champs for the 1A title.
style=> Something like this couldn't happen in the
past, but with the new setup, we have a real treat.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Here are the stats of note at intermission . . .

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at the Half:

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style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>
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Darius Johnson - - 6Pts. 2-7FG, 2-2FT, 4Reb.
Juan Thornhill - - 5Pts. 2-6FG, 4Reb. 2Ast. 2PF
Meche Maulbeck - - 3Pts.
1-5FG, 1-4 3's, 2Reb.
Walker Allen - - 3Pts. 1-1FG, 2Reb.
Colonels - - 6-24FG, 1-9 3's, 6-7FT, 16Reb. 4Ast. 6TO's,
2Blk. 2Stl.

style='font-size:9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Radford
18:
Nate Jones - - 11Pts. 5-8FG, 5Reb.
Isaiah Phillips - - 4Pts. 2-5FG, 3Reb. 2PF
Zach Bradley - - 2Pts. 1-1FG, 2Reb. 2PF
Bobcats - - 8-23FG, 0-9 3's, 2-4FT, 19Reb. 4Ast. 6TO's, 0Blk.
4Stl.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Johnson twins have started to get involved better
in the front-court for Altavista in the second
quarter after the first period. Radford
has yet to convert from the outside and they need to get their outside shots on
track or it'll be tough to win this with the way Altavista
has kept them out of transition for the most part
style=> If this one isn't decided in the final two or
three minutes, it would surprise me.
These two teams are so evenly matched I could see them splitting ten
meetings.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To close the first
half, it's Nate Jones breaking a tie
for Radford with 30 seconds left, but Altavista
pushes ahead on a three-pointer with six seconds to go from
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Meche
normal'> Maulbeck, a 5-foot-9 junior.
style=> That was the first make from long range for
either team in this first half.

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State Championship at the Half - - Altavista 19,
Radford 18

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We'll have some half-time numbers to go over in just a
bit . . .

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It's easy to see
that Nate Jones of Radford and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Juan Thornhill (UVA
football commit) of Altavista, both
class=GramE>Class of 2015 prospects, are the two best athletes in the
floor in this one. Thornhill
followed his own miss at the foul line for a put-back to cut the Radford lead
to 14-12. Jones answered with a
stick-back of his own.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What's starting to become evident is that Jones really
has to carry Radford offensively. Both
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Isaiah Phillips and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Marcus Finley have been relatively
quiet shooting the ball.
class=SpellE>Altavista is starting to get their tandem on the
front-line, Demetrius Johnson and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Darius Johnson, going.
style=> Demetrius nails two foul sots and Darius has
been instrumental on the offensive boards to extend possessions.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A basket by Jones with 30 seconds left in the half
gives the Bobcats a slim lead, 18-16.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Radford has started
the second quarter off on a 7-2 spurt in a span of 3:31, triggered by their
defense forcing long misses from the perimeter by Altavista.
style=> As expected earlier, Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Rick Cormany went
to a 2-3 zone and that gave the Bobcats a couple of
run-outs at the other end, including a lay-up by All-State candidate
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Isaiah Phillips.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Potential 1A State Player of the Year
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Nate Jones is really impressing in the
first half as he just soared over Juan
class=SpellE>Thornhill of Altavista on a
catch-and-shoot jumper, plus was fouled.
He converts the three-point play.
This is my first time watching him live this season and he's got really
good touch, plays with pace and poise, and he's more than athletic enough to be
an impact player at the next level.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>These two teams are
so similar and the stats after one quarter of play are almost identical across
the board. With that in mind, it should
surprise no one that the score is tied.

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1stQ in 1A State Championship - - Altavista 7,
Radford 7

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Both teams are shooting 3-of-11 from the field without
a three-point make, in part due to solid defense.
style=> Both have two assists compared to five
turnovers. One area where someone has a
fairly strong edge is rebounding and that's Radford 11-6 so far.
style=> They've gotten boards on some of their
misses, and the Johnson twins, Demetrius and Darius for Altavista,
will have to assert themselves on the defensive glass for the Colonels to make
that category even.

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PM:
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has responded after the slow start in a major way, sparked by the defensive
intensity and athleticism of junior guard Juan
Thornhill, a UVA football commit that showed off
the hops when he rejected a Radford shot in the paint.
style=> Moments later, Altavista's
defense forced a turnover and Thornhill flushed it
down at the other end with a dunk.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Coming off the bench, 6-foot-3 sophomore
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Walker Allen has given the Colonels a
lift with a three-point play after a Radford turnover and Altavista
leads it 7-5 with 2:20 to go in the first quarter.
style=> The Bobcats are staying man-to-man so far defensively,
but it'll be interesting to see if they throw a wrinkle at them with a zone or
junk defense to try and break their momentum.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Out of the gate,
Radford appears to be a step quicker and maybe a smidge more athletic, playing
with an edge.
normal'>Nate Jones, the junior star getting Division I offers that's also
the son of Radford University Coach Mike
Jones, scores and that is followed shortly after that by an
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Isaiah Phillips slam.
style=> Those two have been the bread and butter all
year long for Rick Cormany
style='font-weight:normal'>'s Bobcats along with sophomore
guard Marcus Finley, who makes
1-of-2 foul shots to increase the lead to 5-0 on Altavista.

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Cartolaro's
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Colonels respond with a basket inside from Darius
Johnson at the 4:56 mark to cut into the deficit.
style=> Altavista's offense
isn't getting some of the looks they are accustomed to and Radford is working
the ball around the perimeter might well on the offensive end.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Starting lineups are
being introduced for the Altavista Colonels and
Radford Bobcats in the 1A State Championship here at VCU and we are about to
get underway.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A few thoughts, some of which we touched on more
in-depth in the Preview (see at the bottom of this Blog for that link) . . .
Radford has a tremendous perimeter with Nate
Jones, Marcus Finley and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Isaiah Phillips that can be hard to
handle. Altavista's
guards are solid as well with UVA football commit
normal'>Juan Thornhill and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Meche
normal'> Maulbeck.
style=> The key for the Colonels will be getting
consistent play out of their front-line with
normal'>Demetrius Johnson and Darius
Johnson. Radford wants to keep them
out of the paint as best as possible.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>These two teams won state titles a year ago; Radford
beating Gate City and Altavista cruising against West
Point in Group A D-1 and D-2.
style=> With the new setup though, only one of these
two will prevail. They've been ranked #1
and #2 all year long, and if both play up to their potential, it has the
makings to be a classic.

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PM:
style=> The Chilhowie Lady Warriors have avenged a
10-point loss to Honaker in the 1A-West Region Championship and captured their
first ever state title in the program's first ever trip in the Championship
game. It was a thoroughly dominating performance
by Mark Hasley
style='font-weight:normal'>'s group, which suffered is only
other loss early in the season to Lebanon 45-40.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Let's review the numbers from the 1A Girls State
Championship before we near tip-off of the 1A Boys State Championship, pitting
Radford against Altavista against two teams that won
state titles a year ago.

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Stats:

style='font-size:9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Chilhowie
Lady Warriors 60:
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style=> (26-2 Overall)
Kenzie Sabo - - 20Pts. 10-12FG, 9Reb.
Danielle Catron - - 18Pts. 7-15FG, 4-4FT, 7Reb. 3Ast. 2Stl.
Gracelyn Tilson - - 9Pts. 3-3FG, 3-3 3's, 4Reb.
Ckareekeea Branch - - 6Pts. 3-8FG, 5Reb. 7Ast. 3Blk
class=GramE>.
Rachel Hurley - - 6Pts. 2-5FG, 2-2FT, 6Reb.
Lady Warriors - - 25-45FG, 3-5 3's, 7-10FT, 35Reb.
class=GramE>11Ast. 13TO's, 3Blk. 6Stl.

style='font-size:9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Honaker
Lady Tigers 34: (24-7 Overall
class=GramE>)
style='font-size:9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Laken
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>
115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Robinette - - 10Pts. 3-11FG, 4-6FT,
6Reb. 4Blk.
Madison Musick - - 10Pts. 2-8FG, 6-6FT, 5Reb.
Madison Miller - - 5Pts. 2-8FG, 1-6 3's, 3Reb.
Lady Tigers - - 10-50FG, 2-17 3's, 12-14FT, 27Reb.
class=GramE>3Ast. 13TO's, 4Blk. 5Stl.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It is in the books
and the Chilhowie Lady Warriors are going to complete a 26-2 overall season and
their first state title in Girls Basketball.
In fact, it's the fist state title in any major sports at the school in
the western part of Virginia since 1970 when football won it all in Group A.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This game has been all about half-court execution on
offense and turning rushed shots by Honaker into easy points at the other
end. Both Cotton and Sabo have done that
in leading the charge.

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background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>GIRLS HOOPS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL - - CHILHOWIE
60, HONAKER 34
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"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We'll have some Final Stats coming shortly and then get
ready for the titanic matchup in the 1A Boys State Championship between Radford
and Altavista.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What's hard to
believe about this game is that Chilhowie is just running away from Honaker, a
team that beat them 40-30 in the 1A-West Region Championship.
style=> In that game, Chilhowie 6-foot-4 sophomore
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Kenzie Sabo was much quieter than she
is today.

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3rdQ in 1A Girls State Championship - - Chilhowie 47, Honaker 24

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Sabo and Danielle
Cotton, a 5-foot-10 senior guard that came into today with 2133 career
points, have 18 apiece. Cotton is headed
to Concord University, a Division II program, to play her College Basketball.
style=> For Honaker, their major threat inside
6-foot-tall junior Laken
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Robinette, who had 22 rebounds and
five blocks earlier this postseason in a State Semis victory over Colonial
Beach. Robinette hasn't been nearly as
dominant on the glass with five players registering four rebounds or more for
Chilhowie.

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PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Since I just got
here and missed the first half of this game, it'll be hard to give you
hard-hitting analysis, which you can get on the TV if you're watching this game
from the broadcast team of Andy Hayes and
Coach Ed Young, but we'll provide
you with updates to close out the second half of this Chilhowie/Honaker 1A
State Championship in Girls Basketball.

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PM:
style=> It's half-time in the Girls 1A State
Championship and Chilhowie has broken open what was a close game midway through
the first quarter with a strong second quarter, spearheaded by the distributing
of Ckareekeea
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Branch with five assists.

style='font-size:9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>1A
Girls Championship at the Half - - Chilhowie 27, Honaker 12

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It was a rough shooting first half for Honaker, which
went 4-of-26 compared to 11-for-22 for Mark
Halsey's Lady Warriors of Chilhowie.
The offense got stagnant for quite a while for Honaker after getting
really good movement without the basketball in the first quarter.
style=> Chilhowie's offense is really clicking on all
cylinders thus far.

style='font-size:9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>12:50
PM:
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Howdy all and
welcome to our third and final day of 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.
style=> Yours truly has just pulled into Richmond
after hosting my radio show on ESPN 94.1 in Virginia Beach, ready for what
should be a memorable day of postseason play on the hardwood.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We've had two outstanding days of Championship action
thus far with a total of eight teams, four male and four female squads,
capturing trophies. Four more will win
State Championships later today as we have a 1A doubleheader already in process
and later one we'll have a 2A doubleheader to conclude the season.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For those that missed our previous Blog Entries, you
can see them at the links below.

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Click Here
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style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>To see the Blog Session #2 Click
Here

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In addition to the Blogs, you can follow the
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href="http://www.twitter.com/hatfieldsports">
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text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>Hatfield Sports Twitter feed
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for periodic updates and tidbits, too.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Underneath are the Championship results so far and what's
on the docket on this Saturday that will close out the High School Basketball
season, which comes one day before Selection Sunday for the NCAA Men's
Basketball Tournament at the Division I level.

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normal'>1A
State Championships on Saturday:

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- 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

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normal'>2A
State Championships on Saturday:

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- 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

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normal'>6A
State Championships from Friday:

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background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>6A GIRLS FINAL - - COSBY 53, STONEWALL
JACKSON 46
6A BOYS FINAL - - COLONIAL FORGE 58, LANDSTOWN 54
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normal'>5A
State Championships from Friday:

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background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>5A GIRLS FINAL - - PRINCESS ANNE 57,
HIGHLAND SPRINGS 52
5A BOYS FINAL - - POTOMAC 54, HENRICO 42
normal'>

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normal'>4A
State Championships from Thursday:

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background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>4A GIRLS FINAL - - LAKE TAYLOR 57,
WILLIAM FLEMING 50
4A BOYS FINAL - - NORCOM 59, HANDLEY 52
normal'>

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normal'>3A
State Championships from Thursday:

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background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>3A GIRLS FINAL - - SPOTSWOOD 56,
BROADWAY 49
3A BOYS FINAL - - JOHN MARSHALL 74, GEORGE WYTHE 56
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