LIVE 4A Championship Blog at VCU

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What a way to start
off the three-day marathon of Championship games in the 2014 VHSL State
Basketball Tournament at VCU's Siegel Center in the Verizon Wireless
Arena. Richmond was definitely buzzing
after Norcom's unbelievable comeback from 16 points
down in the fourth quarter to stun Handley for the 4A State Championship.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Also taking home state titles were John Marshall Boys
by a wide margin, the Lake Taylor Girls for a third time five years (
style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>like the Norcom
Boys) and Spotswood Girls repeated as State Champs (
normal'>like the Lake Taylor Girls).
The main thing we take away from this is team that are used to being
there before can see that go a long way, especially when it gets tight.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Below are the Final Scores from the 4A and 3A
Championships as well as Postgame Sound from the Norcom/Handley
clash. Don't forget that the 5A and 6A
Championships take place on Friday (for
the schedule of those games, see the bottom of this


none;text-underline:none'>Postgame Audio with Norcom
Coach Leon Goolsby
none'>Postgame Presser with Norcom
none'>Postgame Presser with Handley

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Championship #3 for
Head Coach Leon Goolsby
I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth must feel
pretty sweet, and for tonight anyways, it'll be as enjoyable if not more so
than their back-to-back crowns in 2010 and 2011.
style=> Norcom closed with
a 31-10 flurry and turned a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter into their
third state title in five years. At one
point, the Greyhounds scored 21 unanswered and got contributions from all over,
maybe none bigger than backup senior guard Craig
Ingram. He was one of four players
that scored in double-figures for the Greyhounds, two off the bench.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For the Handley Judges, this one will sting for an
awful while. They had a fine season,
going 21-3 and reaching the state title game for the first time since the
1960's. In the end, they'll be thinking
about what could've been.

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>BOYS HOOPS 4A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL - - NORCOM
59, HANDLEY 52

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Let's go over the Final Stats from this wild game at
VCU . . .


115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Greyhounds 59:
(23-5 Overall)
Troy Locke - - 14Pts. 3-11FG, 8-12FT, 7Reb. 2Ast. 4Stl.
Antonio Parker - - 13Pts. 5-13FG, 3-4FT, 5Reb.
Travis Fields - - 12Pts. 3-9FG, 3-4 3's, 3-4FT, 4Reb.
Craig Ingram - - 10Pts. 4-5FG, 3Reb. 2Stl.
Travis Ingram - - 6Pts. 2-4FG, 2-5FT, 4Reb. 2Ast. 4Stl.
Greyhounds - - 19-47FG, 4-8 3's, 17-27FT, 33Reb. 6Ast.
14TO's, 0Blk. 17Stl.

Judges 52:
style=> (21-3 Overall)
Cameron Jackson - - 20Pts. 9-14FG, 2-6FT, 8Reb. 2Ast. 4Stl.
Solomon Finley - - 13Pts. 5-9FG, 3-5 3's, 4Reb. 4Ast. 2Stl.
Jason Morgan - - 13Pts. 5-12FG, 3-6 3's, 2Reb. 2Ast.
Will Dearing - - 4Pts. 2-2FG, 3Reb. 2Ast.
Judges - - 22-44FG, 6-12 3's, 2-8FT, 28Reb. 11Ast. 21TO's,
4Blk. 10Stl.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We'll have a wrap-up coming soon, so stay tuned to your
home for High School Hoops in Virginia and that's none other than!

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A huge three-pointer
from Handley senior guard Jason Morgan cut
the Norcom lead to 52-50 with 43 seconds to
play. Oh by the way, in case you're now
just joining the Live Blog, the Greyhounds were down 16 in the fourth quarter
earlier and played like the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder wrapped into
one to take the lead on a 21-0 run in what seemed to be the blink of an eye.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>, sophomore sub for Norcom,
made two foul shots to increase the advantage to 54-50.
style=> Cameron
Jackson responds with two inside for Handley, which is running out of time
and needs some missed free-throws to have a chance.
style=> Troy
Locke hits two at the charity stripe to give Norcom
a 56-52 lead that seems safe with 11.6 seconds to play.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>An absolutely surreal comeback by Norcom
in this game that words cannot do justice to explain.
style=> The Handley players have to feel heart-broken
and devastated after the state title was well within their grasps.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With 1:11 remaining,
Norcom leads Handley 51-47 in a wild 4A State
Championship to close out Thursday night, the first day of three days full of
title games in the VHSL Basketball Tournament at the VCU Siegel Center.

basket a moment ago for Norcom just followed up a
three-pointer from Jason Morgan of
Handley to push the Greyhounds up by four.
For some unknown reason, Handley has gone away from what was working for
them {which was Cameron Jackson attacking
in the paint and Solomon Finley slashing
in from the wing]. Norcom's
defense has been locked in with incredible focus and tenacity since about the 6
minute mark of the fourth period.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Locke goes 1 of 2 at the line with 52 seconds left to
push Norcom's lead to 52-47.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This comeback by
class=SpellE>Norcom has been simply unbelievable.
style=> Moments into the fourth quarter, they looked
like a dead team as they trailed 42-28 after a basket by
normal'>Jason Morgan of the Judges.
Insert Craig Ingram and he's
been the catalyst for this remarkable rally for Norcom.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 19-0 run for Norcom is
over after KeSean
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Robinson scores with just over two
minutes to play, but the Greyhounds can taste a title.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Handley led by a
count of 42-28 early in the fourth quarter and the Norcom
Greyhounds are now within three after a three-pointer with 5:12 to play by
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Craig Ingram, a seldom-used reserve
that is making the most of this spotlight.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What has enabled Norcom to
get back in the ballgames besides their relentless defensive pressure is the
fact that Handley got in the double-bonus early.
style=> However, the Greyhounds have yet (
style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>emphasis on yet) because of missed foul

has suddenly tied the game on a basket by Craig Ingram.
style=> They now go in front on Ingram's bucket, plus
he draws the foul. His brother, freshman
Travis Ingram, gets a steal and

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Norcom fans are simply
going bananas here at the Siegel Center, and Handley Coach
normal'>Jason Toton finally calls time-out.
style=> The Judges trail it 47-42 with 3:51 to
play. This has been a remarkable 21-0
run by the Greyhounds, unlike any I can recall in recent memory.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Things might be
starting unravel for Handley just a tad, which is weird to say considering they
are up by a count of 42-35 on Norcom with 5:39 to
play in the 4A State Championship. Why
is that? They were ahead by as many as
16 to start the fourth quarter.
class=SpellE>Norcom is on a run, triggered by its defense causing
turnovers and their guards attacking the rim.
Troy Locke just nailed two
free-throws to pull his team closer. This
is a very resilient bunch from the 757.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Off the bench, Craig
Ingram has really given Norcom a pulse with his
energy. Handley is starting to panic
some for an odd reason against the defensive pressure that Norcom
is applying. Even worse for the Judges,
they have already committed 10 team fouls.
That means the Greyhounds are in the double-bonus and will be shooting
two free-throws the rest of the way.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Handley has lost its momentum and the question is can
they re-gain it? To win a Championship,
they'll have to do it with the Norcom fans starting
to get loud in here at the Siegel Center.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To start the fourth
quarter off, Handley gets a basket from Jason
Morgan, who has really been a serviceable sixth man for them with seven
points off the bench to go with two assists.
That's what senior guards are supposed to do in this spot, provide
leadership, energy and instant offense off the bench.
style=> Norcom's fans that
made the trip from Portsmouth badly want to get excited about something and
reserve Craig Ingram, a senior that
transferred from King's Fork, scores and is fouled going to the hoop.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Handley leads it 42-31 with 6:04 to go and Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Jason Toton of
the Judges knows it's too early to celebrate.
His team takes a time-out, and they will probably look to spread the
Greyhounds out here when they return to the floor with an emphasis on taking
care of the ball, and going inside to Cam
Jackson when single covered near the cup.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The duo of Jackson and
normal'>Solomon Finley has combined for 31 compared to 15 total points from
Norcom's dynamic tandem of
normal'>Troy Locke and Antonio

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Not every year do
you see a shot like the one we just witnessed to close the third quarter here
at the Verizon Wireless Arena in the Stuart C. Siegel Center on the campus of
VCU. Handley senior guard
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Jason Morgan just banked in a
three-pointer from about 55 or 60 feet out, and the Judges' fans from
Winchester that made the trip to Richmond absolutely exploded.

3Q in 4A State Championship - - Handley 40, Norcom 26

got a three-pointer from sophomore guard Travis
Fields moments before that, but all the life got sucked out of the
Greyhounds on that shot it seems.
Handley is shooting 58.6% from the field so far, converting 17-of-29
shots. Norcom
is shooting only 28.1% on 9-of-32. The
numbers don't lie in this one, folks.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It didn't take long
for Handley to re-establish control when Norcom cut
the once 14-point lead to nine. The
Judges' lead is back up to 14 at 35-21 with 1:45 left in the third quarter as
Wofford commit Cameron Jackson, the
4A-North Region Player of the Year trying to add State POY to his honors,
scores inside and is fouled. He converts
the three-point play at the charity stripe.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Credit Handley 6-foot-2 junior forward
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Will Dearing, who scored on the play
before, on a great assists to Jackson.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Troy Locke with a tough runner for
class=SpellE>Norcom and tries to make it two in a row, although he steps
out of bounds. The Judges stay up
double-figures, 35-23, with 1:07 to play in the third quarter and go back into
their methodical style of offense to close out the third quarter like they did
the second quarter potentially.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Down by as many as
14 earlier in the third quarter, Norcom is starting
to chip away by getting the tempo up, which we noted in the previous entry was
paramount to make a rally. It started
with Antonio Parker getting fouled,
and then 4A-South Region Player of the Year
normal'>Troy Locke took a hard spill going to the basket.
style=> He made 1-of-2 free-throws before the
Greyhounds were called for an offensive foul.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Handley's advantage is 28-19 with just under four
minutes to go in the third quarter, but the Judges must be careful not to start
playing too fast and out of character, taking rushed, ill-advised sots.
style=> Stick with the game-plan and punch the ball

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Handley Judges
are two quarters away from capturing their first ever State Championship if
they can stay ahead against a Norcom Greyhounds team
that has won the crown twice since 2010.
Sophomore guard Travis Fields,
who came off the bench to start the game and in the last game, hits a
three-pointer to cut into the deficit.
Handley comes right back with Cameron
Jackson, the 6-foot-8 Wofford commit who was the 4A-North Region Player of
the Year, and senior wing Solomon Finley.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A tough runner by Finley pushes the Judges' lead to
26-15 with 5:39 to play in the third period.
Jackson then gets a tip-in and is fouled.
style=> A three-point play can push the advantage to
14 with 4:50 to go in this third quarter.

clearly has to get the tempo up and make this a transition game to stage a
comeback because right now they look lackluster in the half-court, which is
what Handley wants this game to be played at for the duration it appears.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>All you Blog Fans
out there, we unfortunately did not get a half-time stat sheet (
style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>that's the price you pay sometimes), but
don't worry, we'll have Final Numbers later.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Here are some key things of note that we can tell you .
. .

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>is leading the way with 11 points for Handley, picking
up the slack considerably when Cam
Jackson (8Pts.) when out due to foul trouble.
style=> Norcom has been led
by Antonio Parker's 6 points, but
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Troy Locke has only 3 and that's well
under his average for a half. Per game,
he's hitting for around 20 a contest.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Handley has controlled the tempo and the backboards
thus far. Norcom
has to take re-control by playing with added intensity and focus on the
offensive end, driving to the hoop and getting to the foul line.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Second half about to get underway with Handley in front
by a count of 21-12 . . .

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What a superb close
to the first half in the 4A State Championship for
normal'>Jason Toton's
Handley Judges, who finish the second quarter on a 12-0 run over the last five
minutes, capped on a fall-away three-pointer from
normal'>Solomon Finley in the corner.
Norcom has to be very discouraged with how
poorly they offense performed late in the second quarter and unable to create
points off turnovers.

State Championship at the Half - - Handley 21, Norcom

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We'll have stats coming in a jiffy . . . don't go

class=SpellE>Norcom Greyhounds are finding themselves in sort of a
malaise offensively as they've hit a lull and Handley is starting to get the
offense going as Cam Jackson is
operating well in the paint, while Solomon
Finley strikes from three-point land to push the Judges' lead to 18-12 with
2:18 to go in the second quarter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Since that dunk early in the second period,
class=SpellE>Norcom has scored just three points, which came on a
three-pointer from Travis Fields.
style=> They've got only two field goals and a lot of
their off-balanced shots aren't falling, while Handley is cleaning up the
glass. Coach
normal'>Jason Toton's
team is controlling tempo well now, too.
They are keeping Norcom out of transition and
content to play a deliberate game with Jackson on the bench with two fouls.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To start the second
quarter, Norcom takes the lead on a dunk from senior
wing Antonio Parker.
style=> When he plays efficient at the offensive end
with few turnovers and takes smart shots, the Greyhounds generally win,
sometimes with ease. When he doesn't,
they have major problems.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Handley is able to tie it up at 9 on a post up score
inside, but the Greyhounds return the favor with a three-pointer from the
sophomore guard Travis Fields whose
return to the team from injury in their last game was a huge boost.
style=> The Judges aren't backing down and take the
lead on a Cameron 'Bam-Bam' Jackson score
inside; he's got eight of his team's 12 points already.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A jumper from Solomon
Finley increases Handley's advantage to three at 15-12, and that is
followed by steals from Jackson of the Judges and Norcom's
Troy Locke, the two guys likely
battling it out for the State Player of the Year honors in 4A.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>At the end of the
first quarter, it's a stalemate as Norcom and Handley
are deadlocked. Handley has turned it
over too much, six times in fact, after scoring the first two buckets to build
a 5-0 lead. Norcom
responded with strong defense to end the half, and
normal'>Antonio Parker's first field goal tied the score.

1stQ - - Norcom 7, Handley 7

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Greyhounds shot only 3-of-15 from the floor, but
Coach Leon Goolsby
must be pleased to be tied because they competed on the offensive
backboards with five, four of them by reserve junior forward
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Terrell Camp as one of those garbage
guys we touched on in the Preview. It
seems like Norcom is on the verge of a run and
Handley has to get something going offensively or else it could be trouble real
fast real soon.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In the early going,
I've been impressed with how well Handley has defended Norcom
in the painted area. A lot of that has
to do with Cameron Jackson altering
and changing shots around the cup.
class=SpellE>Norcom has missed some shots that they normally make and
knocked down going towards the bucket last Saturday.
style=> But Handley isn't making them pay at the
other end as Jackson misses to foul shots going to the tin and the Judges' lead
is slim at 7-5 with a minute left in the opening quarter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Only two players have scored for Norcom
and two for Handley. Needless to say,
it's a defensive struggle (or is that
rather an offensive struggle?) so far.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Handley has started
off on a good note with senior wing Solomon
Finley hitting a three-pointer, followed by a deuce inside from Wofford
commit Cameron Jackson to claim a
5-0 lead. That's good news for Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Jason Toton with
Finley striking because he had 23 points in the regional title game against
GW-Danville, but was scoreless in the State Semis vs. Glen Allen.
style=> Jackson can be a load in the paint for
anyone, even a team with the athletes that Norcom

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Greyhounds get on the board on a three-point play
the old-fashioned way from 4A-South Region Player of the Year
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Troy Locke.
style=> A couple of missed lay-ups from senior wing
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Antonio Parker, who was efficient last
Saturday at ODU in the State Semis vs. GW-Danville, sends him to the bench as
Coach Leon Goolsby
goes to his bench early, bringing in the likes of
normal'>Kenneth Duke,
normal'>Jamelle Strange and
sophomore point guard Travis Fields,
the sparkplug in their last win.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We're about to
tip-off between the 4A-South Region Champion Norcom
Greyhounds and the 4A-North Region Champion Handley Judges.
style=> These two teams have had state title
aspirations since way back when the season started, but only one team will take
the title at the end.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>By the way, I think I may be the only person or
definitely one of the few that is picking Handley to win.
style=> Polled about seven or eight people before the
game and most are going with the Greyhounds, and understandably so given their
recent postseason success with back-to-back state titles in 2010 and 2011.

style=> The Lake Taylor Lady Titans have completed a
repeat, capturing back-to-back State Championships and their third title in
five years as they held off a William Fleming team that got hot from three-point
territory in the third quarter thanks to a suffocating defensive effort that
created 28 turnovers. Lake Taylor's 14-1
surge to close the third quarter and start the fourth quarter proved to be the

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Here are the numbers from the title bought . . .


Taylor Lady Titans 57:
style=> (22-4 Overall)
Joanne Williams - - 15Pts. 5-16FG, 5-13FT, 12Reb. 3Ast. 2Blk. 3Stl
Endia McKinney - - 14Pts. 6-16FG, 16Reb. 3Stl.
(Fouled Out)
Taylor Whitley - - 13Pts. 5-12FG, 2-6 3's, 6Reb. 2Stl.
Kyara Cooper - - 7Pts. 2-11FG, 2-9 3's, 4Ast. 3Stl
Carlesha Farris - - 6Pts. 2-6FG, 2Reb. 3Stl
Lady Titans - - 21-67FG, 7-25 3's, 8-23FT, 48Reb. 9Ast.
19TO's, 3Blk. 16Stl.

Fleming Lady Colonels 50:
style=> (22-6 Overall)
Desiree Keeling - - 11Pts. 5-10FG, 1-6FT, 15Reb. 2Blk. 3Stl.
Gracie Doane - - 11Pts. 4-13FG, 3-8 3's, 10Reb.
Antavia Stevens - - 11Pts. 3-8FG, 3-6 3's, 3Reb.
3Ast. 3Stl.
Nadjae Stokes - -
style=> 6Pts. 2-5FG, 2-3FT, 3Reb. 3Ast
Lady Colonels - - 18-62FG, 6-20 3's, 8-17FT, 55Reb. 14Ast.
28TO's, 6Blk. 12Stl.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>More to come, and stay tuned for the 4A Boys Basketball
State Championship between Norcom and Handley in a
little bit!

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Well, it's in the
books and Coach Saundra Sawyer's
Lake Taylor Lady Titans have closed the deal in strong fashion yet again.
style=> Last week in the State Semis at ODU, they
went from down three to winning on a 9-0 run at the end.
style=> For the third time in five years, they are
State Champs as they turned a 51-50 nail-biter into a seven-point victory with
a 6-0 spurt at the end as Joanne
Williams scored twice on drives to the hoop, plus
normal'>Taylor Whitley had a bucket to make it a three-possession game.

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>GIRLS BASKETBALL 4A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We'll have Final Stats coming shortly, and don't forget
class=GramE>, the 4A Boys Basketball State Championship between the
class=SpellE>Norcom Greyhounds and Handley Judges awaits us here at VCU!

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Under a minute to
play and Lake Taylor appears to be slating it away as
normal'>Joanne Williams has driven twice to the basket for critical buckets
to extend the lead to 55-50. William
Fleming had at least two, maybe three (I
lost count), chances to go in front, despite numerous missed lay-ups
throughout the course of the game and upwards of 25 turnovers, probably around
the 30 mark.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In between Williams' two stellar attack and score
plays, Lake Taylor senior captain
normal'>Endia McKinney fouled
out with 14 points at the 1:37 mark.
William Fleming has been unable to take advantage with their size down
low. They trail the defending State
Champion Lady Titans 55-50 with 50 seconds remaining in the 4A Girls Basketball

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Two costly missed
free-throws for William Fleming keep them from drawing closer, and they have started
to play Lake Taylor's game just a bit of settling for three-pointers.
style=> One thing Fleming did do well on one post-up
situation was draw the fourth foul on Lake Taylor's
normal'> McKinney with 3:30 remaining.
That means the Lady Titans will have to either sub her or go the rest of
the way with her in danger of fouling out, which looks to be the move they will

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Lake Taylor is hanging on to a 51-50 lead with 2:37 to
play in this one. Both teams have three
players in double-figures in points.
Foul shots might ultimately decide this one.
style=> The Lady Titans have played in so many
Championship type of games over the years, and have
closed quarters on a flurry, much like they have already done twice in this
title match and a week ago in the State Semis when they finished on a 9-0 run
vs. Loudoun County.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It didn't take long
for Lake Taylor to go from behind 39-36 late in the third quarter to up 50-40
less than two minutes into the fourth period.
The mind-numbing 14-1 run was ignited by
normal'> McKinney's three-pointer to close the third quarter, and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Joanne William picked up where she left
off to begin the game's final stanza.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Williams scored the first five points off the fourth
quarter, including an and-1 play, and Saundra
Sawyer's team turned up the defensive heat on William Fleming.
style=> The Lady Colonels struggled to handle it
well, and as a result, the Lady Titans blitzed them much like the football team
coached by Saundra's husband Hank does.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Cooper sprinkled in a three-pointer
during that surge.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Fleming is missing a bunch of easy shots around the
rim, but more than that, what is hurting them are the turnovers, a total of 25
with over six minutes to play. It's hard
to win Championships with that many.
However, the bank is open for
normal'>Antavia Stevens
on a three-pointer to cut the Lake Taylor lead to 51-47 with 5:25 to play.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Just like they
closed the second quarter in a big way, Lake Taylor does it with a shot to beat
the buzzer to end the third period as
normal'>Endia McKinney hits
a crucial three-pointer to give the defending State Champs the lead.

3rdQ - - Lake Taylor Girls 42, William Fleming 40

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>As long as they stay in front, Lake Taylor is eight
minutes away from repeating as State Champs and capturing their third crown
since 2010. William Fleming, which has
never been to the Final Four round until this year, is looking to make its own
history and win their first. They've
been led by the 11 points from Gracie
Dane, keeping them in it with outside makes during that third quarter.
style=> It figures to be a wild fourth quarter if
these two teams keep this pace up.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>William Fleming has
had quite barrage of three-pointers in this third quarter after shooting just
1-of-6 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Five-foot-10 junior Gracie
class=SpellE>Doane has drilled three of them herself, including one
to give her team the lead 39-36 on the defending State Champion Lake Taylor
Lady Titans here in the 4A title game.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To go with Doane's makes,
5-foot-3 senior guard and captain
normal'> Stevens has connected from long distance.
style=> Foul trouble to both
normal'>Taylor Whitley and
normal'>Endia McKinney,
the top two scorers for Lake Taylor with a combined 20 points, has hurt them
just a bit with how tenacious they can be defensively.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The second half is
underway and Lake Taylor has carried over some of that momentum to begin the
second half, very much like John Marshall Boys did earlier in the day in the 3A
State Championship against George Wythe.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>I'm not sure the Lady Titans will completely run away
with it to the tune of an 18-point romp like the Justices did, but 5-foot-6
senior guard Taylor Whitley is doing
her best to make sure she gets a State Championship ring on her finger.
style=> Whitley has scored eight quick points in less
than three minutes to start off the second quarter, including a three-point
that pushes the advantage 31-23.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Carrying over from the first half, that's an 11-0 run
to answer the one William Fleming had.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Gracie Doane,
a 5-foot-10 junior, is starting to warm up for Fleming.
style=> She's made a couple of three-pointers and
Fleming only trails 33-31 with 3:40 to go in the third quarter.
style=> Buckle those seat belts because this one
could be a roller-coaster of a fourth quarter upcoming!

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Through one half of
play, it's the Lake Taylor Lady Titans ahead of the William Fleming Colonels by
the slimmest of margins in the 4A Girls Basketball State Championship.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Before we get to the stats, don't forget, following
this one to conclude the festivities on this pleasant Thursday evening we have
the 4A Boys Basketball State Championship with Norcom
versus Handley.

at the Half:

Taylor Girls 24:
Endia McKinney - - 9Pts. 4-9FG, 9Reb. 3Stl
Joanne Williams - - 4Pts. 1-10FG, 2-5FT, 8Reb.
Taylor Whitley - - 4Pts. 1-5FG, 1-4 3's, 4Reb. 2Stl.
Carlesha Farris - - 4Pts. 1-4FG, 1-3 3's
Lady Titans - - 8-36FG, 4-15 3's, 4-11FT, 29Reb. 3Ast.
12TO's, 1Blk. 8Stl.

Fleming Girls 23:
Desiree Keeling - - 6Pts. 3-7FG, 0-2FT, 8Reb. 2Stl.
Antavia Stevens - - 5Pts. 1-3FG, 2-2FT, 3Stl.
Nadjae Stokes - - 4Pts. 1-3FG, 2-2Ft, 3Ast.
Keashe Lee
- - 4Pts. 2-7FG
Lady Colonels - - 8-33FG, 1-6 3's, 6-8FT, 29Reb. 5Ast.
14TO's, 2Blk. 6Stl.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>So far, William Fleming is doing what they need to
defensively, holding Lake Taylor to just three field goals in that second
quarter and to 22.2% shooting for the half.
The Lady Titans are +9 from three-point land and Fleming could use some
outside makes to loosen up that Lake Taylor defense that has force 14
turnovers, including eight in the second quarter when Fleming scored 15 points
in the period and took the lead. As long
as Fleming doesn't turn it over, they are able to get fairly good looks at the
basket with their size advantage.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Not good usage of
the clock to close the first half for William Fleming.
style=> Up by three, they've had three or four missed
chances, giving Lake Taylor a shot to take the lead before the break and they
do with Endia
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> McKinney's put-back jumper.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A potentially crucial steal for
normal'>Desiree Keeling at one end that could've led to a lay-up that
pushes the Fleming lead up to four instead turns into Keeling's second foul at
the other end when they can't convert two shots.
style=> Since Lake Taylor is in the double bonus that
gives Joanne Williams two
free-throws and she splits a pair to trim the deficit to 23-22.

Girls State Final at the Half - - Lake Taylor 24, William Fleming 23

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Numbers to come momentarily . . . stay tuned!

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On defense, Lake
Taylor has gone from doubling down on William Fleming inside threat
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Desiree Keeling to now tripling her on
one sequence. It's fair to say that she
is the focal point for the Lady Colonels, and even with only six points in the
ballgame. She's capable of striking for
18 or 20 when she gets going.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Transition defense starting to be a small problem for
Lake Taylor, which it was at times in their comeback win over Loudoun County
too because they apply so much defensive pressure that if/once you break it,
there are opportunities for easy baskets.
Fleming is breaking it with some success, but they have also rushed a
couple of their looks and been able to convert, which could've allowed them to
increase their lead further.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With 1:31 to go in the second period, Fleming leads it
23-20, amidst a 13-1 run. The Lady
Titans continue to bomb away from three-point land, largely due to the fact
that Fleming is bigger with two players over 6-feet-tall and no one is bigger
than 5-foot-10 on LT's roster. At this
present time, it's not working out for them as they've gone from taking good
looks to forcing ones that aren't there.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Suddenly, things
have changed in a drastic way in favor of William Fleming.
style=> Down 19-10, they've tied the game up on a
three-pointer from senior guard
normal'>Antavia Stevens.
style=> In the first quarter, Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Ronald Hubbard of Fleming played nine
players, giving his starters a breather here and there.
style=> They've rewarded him greatly in this second
period to stay in the ballgame when things were starting to look bleak.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Lake Taylor is doubling
normal'>Desiree Keeling down low, and paying extra attention to her is
leaving players open on the backside, such as sophomore wing/post
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Stokes.
style=> Just a little while ago, Stokes' jumper cut
the Lake Taylor lead to there and forced Coach
normal'>Saundra Sawyer of Lake Taylor to burn a time-out.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With 3:44 to go in the second period, William Fleming
is in front 21-19 after a pair of free-throws by Stokes.
style=> Fleming is on an 11-0 run, and the benefits
of that deep rotation is starting to show.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A put-back by
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Desiree Keeling, the highly regarded
junior prospect for 4A-North Region Champion William Fleming, trims the Lake
Taylor lead to 19-14 with 5:15 to go in the second quarter.
style=> That came moments after a pair of free-throws
by the Lady Colonels and a missed lay-up in transition that could've brought
them even closer.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Lake Taylor has been very opportunistic on offense as
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Saundra Sawyer's team is making the
most of its three-point opportunities with junior
normal'> Cooper and sophomore
normal'>Carlesha Farris canning
them from deep.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Through one quarter
of play, it's Lake Taylor in the lead by five against William Fleming largely
because the Lady Colonels cannot get anything to fall offensively.
style=> Coach Ronald
Hubbard's squad is 3-of-19 from the field and 0-for-4 from deep, which
includes three starters that are scoreless.
Lake Taylor has created six turnovers already and they are playing much
like they did to finish the State Semis vs. Loudoun County, performing with a
sense of urgency and playing very determined.

1stQ - - Lake Taylor Girls 13, William Fleming Girls 8

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To lead the way for Lake Taylor,
normal'> McKinney has seven points.
The Lady Titans haven't shot a bunch of 3's - - just 3 to be exact - -
but they've converted a pair of them and William Fleming has yet to do much on
six turnovers by Lake Taylor.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We are nearing the
end of the first quarter and it's Lake Taylor on top by a count of 12-6 against
William Fleming, which isn't backing down against the aggressive Lady Titans,
but they have missed several lay-ups that have hurt their cause.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A couple of three-pointers have been knocked down by
Lake Taylor courtesy of Taylor Whitley and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> McKinney, their 5-foot-10 senior
standout who should have more attention from colleges in my opinion.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It's the feeling out
process early on with Lake Taylor and William Fleming, which had a furious
finish to their game against Wilson in the State Semis to get here.
style=> Wilson was trying to get a fifth meeting with
a Lake Taylor team they defeated for the Conference 17 Tournament crown, but
lost to in the 4A-South Region Championship.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Lake Taylor feeds off its defense, which keyed a 9-0
spurt at the end of their 4A State Semis win over Loudoun County at ODU last
normal'> Cooper hit the go-ahead three-pointer in that one, while senior
forward Endia
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> McKinney was a factor in the
front-court for the Lady Titans. William
Fleming will have to be able to handle their fierce defensive pressure to win
their first ever state title. If they
do, the Colonels have a 6-foot-2 junior post in
normal'>Desiree Keeling that is drawing attention for the next-level from
all over.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We are back for the
Night Session, otherwise known as Session #2, on this Thursday to open up the
2014 VHSL State Basketball Tournament from the Verizon Wireless Arena in
Richmond at VCU's Stuart C. Siegel Center.
We have 12 Championship matchups - - six boys and six girls - - over the
next there days and we plan to provide you with updates throughout.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Coming up in the 4A Girls Basketball State Championship
it'll be the Lake Taylor Lady Titans against the William Fleming Lady Colonels,
followed by the 4A Boys Basketball State Championship with the
class=SpellE>Norcom Greyhounds against the Handley Judges.
style=> Both the Lake Taylor Girls and
class=SpellE>Norcom Boys will attempt to win their third state title in
five seasons, and in the case of Lake Taylor, they're attempting to repeat.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Here are the Finals from earlier in the day . . .

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>3A GIRLS FINAL - - SPOTSWOOD 56,

style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>To see the Blog Session #1
Click Here

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Also be sure to follow the
none'>Hatfield Sports Twitter feed
line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> for periodic updates and
tidbits, too.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Below you can see the matchups with records and times
when the Championship games will be played here at VCU over the next three



State Championships:

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



State Championships:

- S2 Henrico (22-6) vs. N2 Potomac (27-1) - - March 14 at 2PM
Girls - S1 Princess Anne (27-1) vs. S2 Highland Springs (24-2) - - March 14 at



State Championships:

- S1 Norcom (22-5) vs. N1 Handley (21-2) - - March 13
at 8:30PM
Girls - S1 Lake Taylor (22-4) vs. N1 William Fleming (22-6) - - March 13 at



State Championships:

- E1 George Wythe (23-4) vs. E2 John Marshall (21-5) - - March 13 at 2PM
Girls - W1 Spotswood (26-1) vs. W2 Broadway (22-5) - - March 13 at Noon



State Championships:

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



State Championships:

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



none'>6A Preview - - Colonial Forge vs. Landstown
none'>5A Preview - - Henrico vs. Potomac
none'>4A Preview - - Norcom vs. Handley
none'>3A Preview - - George Wythe vs. John Marshall
none'>2A Preview - - Bruton vs. Dan River
none'>1A Preview - - Radford vs. Altavista



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