LIVE 5A Championship Blog at VCU

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Our first session on
this Friday, third overall in the VHSL State Basketball Tournament for 2014, is
in the books and we have crowned Champions in Potomac Boys and Princess Anne
Girls, two programs with rich histories and winning traditions.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Two of the Richmond area schools in Henrico Boys and
Highland Springs Girls fell short, but just like the teams that took home of
the trophies, they have excellent coaching on their side and also some talented
underclassmen that should help them get back to this point come next year.


style=> It's in the books and the Potomac Panthers
have defeated the Henrico Warriors, the 2013 AAA State Champions, here in the Group
5A State Championship at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Panthers got contributions from all over, and
played their best maybe in the fourth quarter defensively when they held
Henrico to just eight points in that period.
They also held their best outside shooter to only one field goal and
kept the team's top scorer without a field goal over the final eight minutes.

none;text-underline:none'>Postgame Audio with Potomac Coach Keith
style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>Potomac Postgame Presser
style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>Henrico Postgame Presser

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Let's review the numbers from this and we'll have more
to come shortly . . .


Panthers 54:
style=> (28-1 Overall)
Trey Porter - - 18Pts. 7-7FG, 4-6Ft, 4Reb. 6Blk.
Randy Haynes - - 11Pts. 4-8FG, 2-2FT, 9Reb. 4Ast.
Xavier Laws - - 11Pts. 4-7FG, 3-4 3's
Torrey Dixon - - 6Pts. 2-9FG, 5Reb.
T.T. Felder - - 3Pts. 1-2FG, 5Reb. 7Ast.
Panthers - - 20-43FG, 7-16 3's, 7-12FT, 32Reb. 13Ast. 19TO's,
7Blk. 8Stl.

Warriors 42:
style=> (22-7 Overall)
De'Monte Buckingham - - 18Pts. 5-14FG, 8-10FT, 7Reb.
Matthew Wallace - - 13Pts. 5-10FG, 2-2FT, 12Reb.
Walter Williams - - 4Pts. 1-8FG, 2Stl.
Ryan Pearson - - 3Pts. 1-12FG, 1-5 3's, 2Reb.
Warriors - - 13-54FG, 2-13 3's, 14-19FT, 37Reb. 6Ast. 16TO's,
1Blk. 9Stl.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Night Session starts at 6:30 PM with the 6A Girls State
Championship with Stonewall Jackson vs. Cosby, followed by the 6A Boys State
Championship between Landstown and Colonial Forge, a
re-match from the 6A-South Region Championship where the winner will certainly
be the Eagles.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With 59.1 seconds to
play and a 54-40 lead on Henrico, the Potomac Panthers' players and coaching
staff have smiles all around as it is starting to hit them that they will be
2014 State Champs in Group 5A, perhaps the most difficult in all of Virginia to
win it in under the new format. There are
quality teams all over, beginning with a defending State Champ that they faced
today in Henrico that's very well-coached and has a tenth grader who is one of
the budding stars in High School Basketball.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Up North, they had to deal with a Wakefield team that
handed them their only loss. The
Panthers also needed to beat Maury in the State Semis.
style=> Even some of the teams that didn't get to the
State Tournament, such as L.C. Bird and Green Run in 5A-South, would stand a
darn good chance of winning it all in another division.

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>BOYS HOOPS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL - -

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We'll have Final Stats coming soon . . . don't go
anywhere friends.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The big fella,
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Trey Porter, is asserting himself well
inside defensively, protecting the paint as he just sent away another drive and
shot by Henrico, a real streaky team that can get hot from outside.
style=> Henrico depends so heavily on
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Buckingham, and with four fouls, he
has to be careful defensively. Plus, at
the offensive end, T.T. Felder is
tiring him out maybe a bit and the sophomore is having a tough time scoring on
him as well as Porter on the back end when goes to the cup in this fourth

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Potomac has been extremely opportunistic on offense,
especially from the perimeter.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Xavier Laws knock down yet another
three-point shot when the Henrico defense lost him in transition in the corner.
style=> Following
normal'>Randy Haynes delivers a fast-break basket.
style=> The Panthers are up 54-40 suddenly with 1:55
to play after an offensive foul by Henrico.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This Potomac team has looked to me like the best public
school basketball team in Virginia practically the whole season and they can
taste it, the program's first State Championship since 1995 to wrap up a 28-1
campaign. For Henrico, their players and
coaching staff has done a marvelous job to get to this point when other teams
looked to be more equipped to make this run, but down the stretch, the size and
experience coupled with the outside shooting for the Panthers has proven to be
the difference.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Is this a new
episode or a re-run from last night?
Some here at the Verizon Wireless Arena at VCU are starting to wonder as
the lead that was 10 to start the fourth quarter for Potomac has been trimmed
to six. Even worse for Potomac, much
like Handley last night, the fouls are adding up as both
normal'>Trey Porter and T.T. Felder have
four fouls and there's still 5:04 to play.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Porter just made an enormous block that might've
thwarted the Warriors' run as a lay-up there would've made it 46-42.
style=> The Panthers need to score on this possession
and cannot afford a turnover.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Well, Potomac turns it over.
style=> That gives Henrico the ball back and you can
bet they will be going right at Porter, trying to get him out of the game on
that fifth foul. Felder is guarding
Buckingham very closely as that is the guy the Warriors are looking to more
times than not down the court. His
runner is a bit rushed and Potomac is able to dodge a big bullet.

line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>I'm not criticizing the
officials, so I want to make it perfectly clear as I get ready to make my next
comment in this entry (which will sound
like I'm hammering them), but this game has been called very tight on both
sides. Both
normal'>T.T. Felder and
normal'>De'Monte Buckingham have
been whistled for their fourth fouls each.
Buckingham makes two foul shots, while Potomac's
normal'>Xavier Laws missed a pair, although it has to be pointed out again
that he's been a catalyst this half with his outside shooting.
style=> That cuts the Panthers' lead down to 44-36
early in the fourth quarter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Foul shooting will be critical down the stretch and so
too will how the Panthers handle the defensive pressure that Henrico is capable
of applying. Right now, Buckingham has
been a real force with his athleticism, hitting the offensive glass and
extending possessions.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Jordan English is very pivotal to that
defensive charge for the Warriors.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A strong finish to
the third quarter for the Potomac Panthers.
Though he was quiet offensively in the first half, 6-foot-2 senior guard
Xavier Laws is making his presence
known and felt. Laws hit the second of a
pair of three-pointers in the third quarter with 0.4 seconds left.
style=> That gave Potomac a 10-point lead, matching
the largest of the day.

3rdQ in 5A Championship - - Potomac 44, Henrico 34

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Does Henrico have a phenomenal comeback in them similar
to the one Norcom had last night in the 4A State
Championship vs. Handley when they rallied from 16 down to shock the
Judges? Or like the one they had a year
ago in the State Tournament quarterfinals vs. Kecoughtan
on their way to winning the AAA title?
Their perimeter defense has to come through as the Panthers have made
six three-pointers and the Warriors have turned it over 14 times compared to 13
for Potomac to this point.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Just when it looked
like danger zone for Potomac, their offense steps up in a grand way with top
scorer Randy Haynes out of the
ballgame after he picked up third foul just a pinch past the midway point of
the third quarter. A gorgeous alley-
class=SpellE>oop is delivered when senior wing
normal'>T.T. Felder finds the big fella
normal'>Trey Porter, who flushes it down.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>continues to be a real solid complement on offense
today to Henrico star De'Mnte
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Buckingham, but the Panthers are
getting timely shots from their guards, the latest by
normal'>Xavier Laws. This is a guy
that scored only three points on 1-of-2 shooting in the first half.
style=> Nevertheless, the role players such as him,
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Honore and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Torrey Dixon often have rose to the occasion
when called upon.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With under a minute to go in the third quarter, it's
Potomac in the lead by a mark of 41-34.
Henrico's defense needs to close the period strong to have a real shot
at repeating. As Maury found out last
week in the State Semis at ODU when they got behind by 13 and made a rally to
get as close as one, making up a big deficit against a team with the size and
experience that the Panthers have is a tough chore.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The pace is really
picking up in this one as three-pointers are starting to fall both ways, first from
Henrico junior Ryan Pearson, who was
scoreless until that shot, and then from Potomac leading scorer
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Randy Haynes, a guy not known for his
outside shooting ability.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>hits one at the 4:20 mark of the third period to push
the lead up to 37-32 after
normal'>De'Monte Buckingham
class=GramE>came flying through virtually untouched for an offensive
stick-back. For a team with their size,
Potomac is giving up way too many second chance opportunities.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A big moment comes at the 3:52 mark of the third
quarter when Haynes gets called for an offensive foul.
style=> That's his fourth, meaning one more and he's
done. The Panthers cannot afford to lose

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To start the second
half, Potomac executes very much like they did in the first few minutes of the
game and it begins defensively with George Mason signee
normal'>Trey Porter stepping up and drawing a charge.
style=> It could've been his third foul and instead
it's foul #3 on Henrico sophomore sensation
normal'> Buckingham. Shortly
thereafter, T.T. Felder, who also
has two fouls, sacrifices his body and draws a charge as well.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Sandwiched in between the two charges drawn by Porter
and Felder was a critical three-pointer from
normal'> Honore, son of Head Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Keith Honore.
style=> The junior came through last Saturday at ODU
in the State Semis vs. Maury with three of those makes from downtown.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>At the break, it's
Potomac up against Henrico in the 5A State Championship as the Panthers have
been able to keep the surging Warriors at bay for the most part.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Let's take a closer look at the numbers of note . . .

at the Half:

Trey Porter - - 11Pts. 4-4FG, 3-4FT, 1Reb. 3Blk. 2PF
Randy Haynes - - 4Pts. 2-5FG, 7Reb. 3Ast. 3PF
T.T. Felder - - 3Pts. 1-1FG, 3Ast. 2PF
Torrey Dixon - - 3Pts. 1-7FG, 3Reb.
Panthers - - 10-24FG, 2-8 3's, 4-6FT, 15Reb. 8Ast. 8TO's,
4Blk. 6Stl.

De'Monte Buckingham - - 12Pts. 4-8FG, 4-6FT, 4Reb.
Matthew Wallace - - 7Pts. 3-4FG, 3Reb.
Warriors - - 8-21FG, 1-3 3's, 6-11FT, 16Reb. 5Ast. 9TO's,
1Blk. 5St.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Henrico out-rebounded, and in some ways out-competed
Potomac, by a margin of 8-4 on the boards in the second quarter.
style=> That can't happen for a Panthers team that is
bigger on the front-line than the Warriors.
Porter has to be more of a factor there.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Henrico wants to attack Porter and keep him as well as
Haynes and Felder in foul trouble. But
the Warriors have also had three shots sent back by Porter, and they need to
get guards out of position so that they can get some pull-up opportunities for
both Buckingham and Ryan Pearson,
who was scoreless in the first half and will crucial to the outcome of this one
in the second half.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We have reached
half-time in a very competitive and entertaining 5A State Championship between
the Potomac Panthers and Henrico Warriors.
This might go down to the wire, much like their regular season meeting
did in December when the Panthers pulled it out 70-64 in overtime with junior
guard Keijon
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Honore hitting
a clutch shot to force overtime. Can
class=SpellE>Honore and company come through again or will it be Henrico
completing an unexpected repeat as State Champs?

Championship at the Half - - Potomac 26, Henrico 23

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We've got some number crunching coming up, so crunch
and munch with us. Or keep your
mouse-pad, smartphones, whatever device you're using, locked to all weekend long.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>If not for their
decisive advantage on the interior with 6-foot-10 senior center
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Trey Porter, a George Mason signee and
All-State candidate that has 11 points despite foul trouble, Potomac might be
trailing against Henrico in the first half of this 5A State Championship at

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Fortunately for the Panthers, they hit 1-of-2
free-throws and get the ball back on a five-second violation by Henrico, which
could prove costly for the Warriors. The
Panthers can hold it for the last shot, ahead by a count of 26-23 late in the second
quarter as they've weathered the storm of Henrico in this pro-Richmond crowd here.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Foul trouble is
really hurting Potomac in a major way.
The Panthers cannot get to half-time any faster as their lead that was
once double-figures in the first quarter has almost completely evaporated.
style=> An Avril
Campbell basket in transition really helped stop the bleeding to a
degree. However, Henrico is starting to
get in a groove offensively.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Coach Keith
class=SpellE>Honore has seen enough and uses a 30-second
time-out. His Panthers lead it only
23-21 here and the Warriors have answered in a big way, keyed by the playmaking
of De'Monte
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Buckingham and jump shooting of one
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Matthew Wallace.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A great start to the
second quarter for Henrico has been spearheaded from an unlikely source with a
fantastic first name. Six-foot-tall
senior forward Matthew Wallace has
scored seven quick points on three possessions in the second quarter to cut the
Potomac lead down to just three at 18-15.
Potomac pushes it back up to five on an easy score inside by
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Trey Porter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What Coach Keith
Honore of the Panthers has to be worried about is
that the fouls are adding up in a hurry here.
They've got nine team fouls and still have 2:17 to play.
style=> Their main guns in Porter, Felder and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Randy Haynes all have at least
two. Foul trouble plagued them in their
only loss of the year, which came in the 5A-North Region Championship when
Wakefield lived at the free-throw line and made them play, taking the lead late
in the fourth quarter in a back-and-forth, memorable battle.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We've reached the
end of one quarter of play in the 5A State Championship and Potomac has doubled
up Henrico, converting 6-of-16 from the field and turning the Warriors over
seven times.

1stQ - - Potomac 16, Henrico 8

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Leading the way for Potomac with six points is
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Trey Porter, who is 2-of-2 from the field,
but also has two fouls. So too does
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>T.T. Felder, one of their vital wing
defenders with ample versatility.
Henrico has been carried by
normal'>De'Monte Buckingham offensively
with six of his team's eight points and four boards.
style=> The Warriors have gone 2-of-5 at the foul
line to this point.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We're starting to
see Henrico settle down considerably after that Potomac burst to open the
game. A pair of foul shots by sophomore
stud De'Monte
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Buckingham trims the deficit to 14-8
with 2:18 to go in the opening period.
The Warriors are starting to slow down and take their time better on the
offensive end to get good looks.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Potomac is able to get a defensive spark from two-sport
athlete Torrey Dixon, a running back
on their football team. Dixon gets a
steal and score. That pushes the lead
back up to eight.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What a start by
Potomac as the Panthers are up by a count of 12-2 at the 4:28 mark of the first
quarter, forcing Coach Vance Harmon of
the defending AAA State Champion Henrico Warriors to burn a time-out.
style=> Potomac came out with
normal'>T.T. Felder, son of ex-Panthers star Mookie
Felder, draining a three-pointer, and then they really got the crowd that came from
Dumfries down to Richmond into it with a slam by
normal'>Trey Porter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>That was one of two big-time jams by the future George
Mason player who checks in at about 6-foot-10 (
normal'>definitely no shorter than 6-foot-8 and maybe as tall as 6-foot-11, we'll
have to get the measuring tape out).
Anyways, the Panthers have been spacing the floor tremendously and
getting excellent ball movement. That
led to another there-pointer from senior guard
normal'>Xavier Laws.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Henrico has not been able to get a handle for the
Panthers' size and athleticism to this point and will need sophomore star
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Buckingham as well as junior sharp
shooter Ryan Pearson to get going in
a hurry or it'll be an even greater deficit.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We are underway in
the 5A State Championship between the Potomac Panthers and Henrico
Warriors. Potomac started the year out
26-0, then lost to Wakefield in the 5A-North Region Championship and held on
late to beat Maury down in Norfolk in the State Semis at ODU.
style=> Henrico has had a couple double-digit
comebacks this postseason against L.C. Bird and Deep Run to get to this point
and there's no shortage of star power in this one.

normal'>De'Monte Buckingham was
the leading scorer for Henrico last year as a freshman in the state title
game. He's got multiple ACC offers on
the table, most recently one from Maryland.
Potomac has a 6-foot-10 giant in the middle in George Mason signee
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Trey Porter and a two-time Player of
the Year in the conference/district.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Once again, the
Princess Anne Lady Cavaliers are on top as they claimed their fifth state title
since 2002 by beating the Highland Springs Springers
in the 5A State Girls Basketball Championship.

none;text-underline:none'>Postgame Audio with Princess Anne Coach Darnell
style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>Postgame Presser with Princess
style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>Postgame Presser with Highland

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Let's go over the numbers from this extremely well-played
matchup . . .


Anne Lady Cavs 57:
style=> (28-1 Overall)
Gadiva Hubbard - - 35Pts. 11-22FG, 7-11 3's, 6-11FT,
7Reb. 3Stl.
Janayla White - - 13Pts. 3-8FG, 7-10FT, 11Reb. 4Blk.
Mercedes Tapia - - 6Pts. 1-6FG, 4-6FT, 4Reb. 2Ast.
Justyce Swango - - 3Pts.
1-7FG, 1-3 3's, 2Reb. 5Ast.
Lady Cavs - - 16-49FG, 8-15 3's, 17-29FT, 39Reb. 9Ast. 13TO's,
4Blk. 7Stl.

Springs Lady Springers 52:
(24-3 Overall)
Ciera Crudup - - 14Pts. 6-11FG, 5Reb. 2Stl.
Briana Justice - - 12Pts. 4-11FG, 4-4FT, 4Ast.
Pollard - - 10Pts. 4-7FG, 2-3FT, 6Reb. 2Blk.
Tia Byrd - - 8Pts. 1-8FG, 5-6FT, 2Stl.
Lady Springers - - 19-55FG, 2-9 3's, 12-14FT, 36Reb.
class=GramE>6Ast. 15TO's, 7Blk. 8Stl.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The performance of Hubbard was one that will go down in
VHSL history with the best of the best.
She simply could took over the fourth quarter with 15 of their 16 points,
serving as the Mariano Rivera
(a.k.a. 'The Closer') for Coach
normal'>Darnell Dozier. Highland
Springs battled well and did a lot of things that could've been enough to win
the title, but PA was just a smidge better in most of the key categories,
winning the boards, a couple fewer turnovers and most importantly finishing +18
from three-point territory.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Coming up next around 2:00 PM it'll be the 5A State
Championship between Potomac, a team that has been ranked #1 in the state all
year long, and the reigning AAA State Champs Henrico.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Drive for Five
is complete. Princess Anne, under its
legendary Head Coach Darnell Dozier,
continues their excellence on the hardwood.
The Lady Cavs are victorious in the 5A Girls Basketball State
Championship against a very good Highland Springs team that didn't quit, even
getting a three-pointer with 7.9 seconds to go from freshman
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Ciera Crudup to pull within four.
style=> This PA team knows how to finish the deal
though, and Coach Dozier's team captures its fifth state title since 2002,
improving his unbelievable career record to 497-95 at the Virginia Beach

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>GIRLS HOOPS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL - - PRINCESS

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We'll have some Final Stats coming shortly and gear up
for the second title match in Session #3 in this VHSL State Basketball
Tournament as Henrico and Potomac face off for the 5A Boys Basketball
Championship here at VCU in Richmond.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Highland Springs
finally gets a shot to fall from beyond the three-point arc as it is
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Tia Byrd, their 5-foot-5 senior,
hitting to cut the Princess Anne lead to 52-46 with 2:10 remaining in this
contest. This has been the
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Hubbard Show for Princess Anne as the
sophomore has 31 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, and really catapulted her
team when the game was tight at the start of the period.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Make it now 33 and she'll try to make it 35 with a
couple of free-throws with 40.3 seconds to go and PA in the lead 55-46.
style=> Highland Springs has battled admirably and
played a much better, more competitive ballgame than they did nine days ago
when they got routed by 22. Having their
emotional leader Bri
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Justice closer to full strength
certainly helped, but in the end, Princess Anne's offense executed like a
Championship team is expected to do in crunch time.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We'll put a capper on this one and get ready for the 5A
Boys State Championship between Henrico and Potomac in a few minutes . . .

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This fourth quarter
is simply belonging to Princess Anne sophomore standout
normal'> Hubbard. She's up to 28
points, eight in the period with a pair of three-point makes, as the Lady Cavs
have widened their lead to 49-41 with 4:03 to play with Highland Springs star
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Justice out of the game.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>, a promising freshman for the Lady Springers,
hit a tough perimeter jumper and that cuts the deficit to six with just under
minutes remaining in this one.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To make a rally without Justice will be tough for
Highland Springs. It looks like though
she's trying to return after this time-out from Coach
normal'>Franklin Harris. Unless they
can find an answer for Hubbard though, who is just as comfortable hitting the
pull-up as driving to the tin on people this one will go in the favor of PA.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A tough injury and
sad moment for Highland Springs as star guard
normal'>Briana Justice, a Delaware State signee, is helped off the floor
with a leg injury with 7:21 to play and Princess Anne in the lead by a count of
41-37. The Highland Springs fans showing
their support by chanting, "Let's Go Bri," as she is
helped off the floor by the team's athletic trainer and Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Franklin Harris.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Lady Springers are going
to have to really show their mettle, particularly at the defensive end of the
court to take down this drive, focused and determined Princess Anne group that
is trying to win a State Championship after falling in this title game each of
the past two years to Lake Taylor (2013) and Oakton (2012).

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Where Princess Anne continues to do its damage is from
three-point range, going 5-of-10 compared to 0-for-6 for Highland Springs.
style=> Those 15 points have made a major difference
and now make it 18 points as
normal'>Gadiva Hubbard hits
a long-range bomb.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We're seeing a great
display of basketball at the offensive end by both teams in this 5A Girls
Basketball State Championship as Princess Anne and Highland Springs are
battling it out like two teams should when it's do-or-die.
style=> In my opinion, the runner-up here would be
worthy of competing for a state title at any of the other five classifications
in the state.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Princess Anne takes the lead on a couple of
three-pointers from the sophomore
normal'>Gadiva Hubbard,
who should join a long line of many D-1 prospects under Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Darnell Dozier in a couple years when
she graduates. The lead doesn't last for
long as Highland Springs goes back up behind a driving lay-up from
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Bria Justice
style='font-weight:normal'>, and a deuce inside by
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Pollard.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Where PA is hurting Highland Springs is from beyond the
arc. They are +9 in that department, and
they are now back ahead, 39-38 with Highland Springs trying to take the last
shot of the quarter. They miss it and
Justice is slow to get up after a spill.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Swango drains
a three-pointer nothing but net at the horn for Princess Anne to close the
third quarter.

3rdQ in 5A Girls State Championship - - Princess Anne 41, Highland Springs 37

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>That shot was a huge shot in the arm for PA.
style=> It also was the first field goal of the day
for PA's Mighty Mouse Swango, who will play at the
next level at College of Charleston.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The action is
picking up and really intensifying as we near the midway point of the third
quarter with Highland Springs trying to hang onto a 31-27 lead against Princess
Anne. Of those 27 points for PA, a total
of 24 have been by the tandem of White and Hubbard.
style=> Highland Springs has gotten great lifts from
freshmen Ciera Crudup with seven
first half points and four from freshman Cam
Gaitlin off the pine.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Princess Anne is starting patiently attack that zone
defense and fouls are coming as a result for the Lady Springers.
style=> White will go to the foul line a chance to
tie it with 3:28 left in the third quarter.
It's worth nothing that Highland Springs was a perfect 9-for-9 from the
foul line in the first half, though missed on all five of their outside
shots. As long as they defend and attack
the cup with a purpose, I don't think Coach
normal'>Franklin Harris will mind that stat at all.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Princess Anne opens
the second half with their first basket and it comes via
normal'>Mercedes Tapia. That's exactly
what Coach Darnell Dozier needs;
scoring punch from someone outside his main tandem of
normal'> Hubbard and
normal'>Janayla White to
take pressure off them. Highland Springs
has gone to a sagging 2-3 zone defensively in the early going and it's making
Princess Anne have to work the ball around from side to side.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What really turned the tide for Highland Springs late
in the first half was their ball security.
They turned it over only once in the second period after six turnovers
in the first quarter, so as long as their guards, mainly
normal'> Justice (who has yet to turn
it over once), can attack the hoop, they've got a great shot to pull this
one out.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Some of the
half-time statistics of note here as the Highland Springs Lady
class=SpellE>Springers are two quarters away of winning a State Championship
for the first time in its history in Girls Basketball.
style=> They'll need two more terrific periods to get
it done against a Princess Anne team that is trying to win its fifth state
title since 2002.

Girls Championship Stats at the Half:

Springs Girls 27:
Briana Justice - - 8Pts. 2-7FG, 4-4FT, 3Ast.
Ciera Crudup - - 7Pts. 3-5FG, 2Reb. 2Stl.
Tia Byrd - - 4Pts. 0-3FG, 4-4FT
Lady Springers - - 9-30FG, 0-5 3's, 9-9FT, 18Reb.
class=GramE>4Ast. 7TO's, 3Blk. 7Stl.

Anne Girls 22:
Gadiva Hubbard - - 11Pts. 5-8FG, 4Reb.
White - - 10Pts. 2-5FG, 6-8FT, 7Reb. 2Blk. 2Stl.
Lady Cavs - - 7-26FG, 1-5 3's, 7-11FT, 21Reb. 3Ast. 9TO's,
2Blk. 5Stl.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>So far, White and Hubbard have given PA plenty of
production. They need that third option
to step up as the backcourt of Goodhope and
class=SpellE>Swango is scoreless so far.
Swango is especially critical considering she's
made 18 free-throws in a row.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Although she would
be whistled for two personal fouls off the bench in this second quarter,
Highland Springs freshman enter Cam
class=SpellE>Gaitlin (6-feet-tall) has come in and given
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Franklin Harris' Lady
class=SpellE>Springers good minutes as they now lead it 25-21 with a 7-0
run. The energy, enthusiasm and tenacity
at both ends have been tremendous for Highland Springs here during this spurt.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Give another basket to Gaitlin
inside to beat the horn and Highland Springs' offense couldn't have asked for
more during the second period, scoring 17 points on a Princess Anne team that
prides itself on defense and really makes opponents work for their points.

Girls Championship at the Half - - Highland Springs 27, Princess Anne 22

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We'll crunch and much on some numbers when we return.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We're seeing Highland
Springs get really creative defensively as they are sending a second defend on
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> White of Princess Anne on the catch,
and rightfully so since she's capable of being a game-changer with a
double-double. They're also fronting
when opportunities are there so that it makes it difficult for her to receive
the catch from a teammate, and for a teammate to get the ball into her.
style=> White will now have to make her presence felt
defensively and see if that leads to some transition opportunities.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Speaking of which, a White block leads to a
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Hubbard lay-up and now PA is back in
front, 19-18 with 2:39 to go in the second quarter.
style=> Highland Springs has controlled the flow of
the second quarter much of the way, but two or three subpar possessions
offensively can turn a lead into a 5-7 point deficit quickly vs. the Lady Cavs.
style=> Hubbard scores again and it's PA up 21-18.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>One of the telling
statistics for the opening quarter so far is that Princess Anne shot just
3-of-17 from the field, yet they are still deadlocked with Highland Springs
after one quarter of play. Credit their
board play with a 13-10 advantage as
normal'>Gadiva Hubbard and
Mercedes Tapia have combined for
seven. Also, they've turned Highland
Springs over six times.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What Highland Springs is doing well is getting
contributions from everyone as seven different players have recorded a
defensive rebound.
normal'>Bria Justice is the straw that stirs the drink, though.
style=> She's got two points on 1-of-4 and will need
to create off the bounce for her teammates and others because PA is able to
punch it inside on most occasions when the Lady Springers
force them to pick up their dribble.

style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Franklin Harris of Highland Springs has
to be pleased with how his young ladies are contesting shots defensively.
style=> The latest rejection comes from
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Pollard, at least the third block of
the opening quarter for his Lady Springers.
style=> As they say in the business, great defense
leads to even better offense and
normal'>E'Shay Winfield delivers
a jumper just inside the arc to knot the score at 10 after Princess Anne went
on a 6-0 spurt to no surprise after the time-out.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With Justice playing at full strength this time around,
the game has a different look and feel to the one we saw nine days ago at
class=SpellE>Churchland High School in Portsmouth for the 5A-South
Region Championship.

1stQ in 5A Girls State Championship - - Princess Anne 10, Highland Springs 10

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With 2:58 to go in
the first quarter, it's Highland Springs on top of Princess Anne by a count of
6-4. Make that 8-4 nearing the 2 minute
mark after baskets from Ciera Crudup
and Bria Justice, the Delaware State
signee that was hobbled in the last meeting.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Princess Anne has gone about four minutes without a
field goal and their offense is in a rut, which is why Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Darnell Dozier decides to burn a
30-second time-out. This guy Dozier
knows what he's doing and how to fix it; he's 469-95 in his 19 years at the helm
with 11 regional titles, four State Championships and three state crowns.
style=> Oh by the way, this is their sixth straight
appearance in the State Championship game.
They haven't missed the State Playoffs since 2007.

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In the early going,
Highland Springs looks pretty spry and they get the first basket of the game
courtesy of junior forward
normal'>Najai Pollard.
style=> However, Pollard would get her second foul at
the 5:04 mark of the first quarter, which could turn out to be critical later
on in defending PA's interior threat
normal'>Janayla White.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>After that first hoop by the Lady Springers,
the Lady Cavs of Princess Anne respond with scores from White and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Hubbard, the Conference 9 Player of
the Year and an All-Region selection in 5A-South.
style=> Highland Springs has swatted away two other
shots, so they have come out ready to go defensively.
style=> Can they maintain it whenever PA gets on a
run is the question?

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We're moments away
from tipping off between Princess Anne and Highland Springs in the 5A Girls
State Basketball Championship. A mini
capsule preview if you will the best we can . . .

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>These two teams met back in the 5A-South Region
Championship, where Princess Anne ran away to the tune of 74-52.
style=> They are now on the 'Drive for Five,' under
Coach Darnell Dozier, seeking the
program's fifth state title. PA has been
runner-up three times for the title, including each of the past two years to
Lake Taylor and Oakton. They are led by
the likes of Janayla
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> White inside,
normal'> Hubbard (18.6PPG, 58 3's) on the perimeter, and College of
Charleston pledge Justyce
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Swango in
the backcourt.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Highland Springs, under the direction of Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Franklin Harris, is looking to win its
first state title. This team's only two
losses have been to Cosby and Princess Anne, two teams that are playing for
Championships, and in the case of Cosby, an undefeated squad.
style=> This is Highland Springs' second trip to the
Final Four stage in three years, but first appearance in the title game after
beating Edison in the State Semis. The
last time they ran into PA, Delaware State signee
normal'>Briana Justice got hurt and she's a big part of what they want to
do, both offensively and defensively.
Big efforts will be needed from seniors
normal'> Winfield, Tia Byrd and
junior NaJai
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Pollard to capture the crown.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>One note of change in the lineup for PA and that's sophomore
guard Danyael
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Goodhope (younger
sister of ex-PA standout and ODU player Galaisha
class=SpellE>Goodhope) is starting in place of
normal'> Drawhorn, a sophomore battling an ankle

9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>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.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We have another exciting day of State Championship
Hoops in store, beginning with Princess Anne vs. Highland Springs in the 5A
Girls Basketball State Championship to be followed by Potomac against Henrico
in the 5A Boys Basketball State Championship.
What a way to start off the three-day marathon of Championship games in
the 2014

style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>To see the Blog Session #1
Click Here
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"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 couple of
days as well as the results of last night's title matches that brought plenty
of excitement to the city of Richmond.



State Championships from Thursday:

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



State Championships from Thursday:

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>4A GIRLS FINAL - - LAKE TAYLOR 57,



State Championships on Friday:

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



State Championships on Friday:

- 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



State Championships on Saturday:

- 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



State Championships on Saturday:

- 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



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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Network. Check out
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and you can also read his work in the
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