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Panther boys, Raider girls advance in state basketball playoffs

The Potomac Falls Panthers boys and the Loudoun County Raiders girls moved a step closer to the ultimate goal of winning a state championship with quarterfinal round victories March 2.

The Woodgrove Wolverines girls and the Loudoun Valley Vikings boys lost their quarterfinal games March 2 to bring an end to their stellar seasons.

Here's a recap of each of the quarterfinal games:


Potomac Falls 73, Chancellor 53

The Panthers scored 20-plus points in each of the first two quarters on their way to a 20-point win over the Chargers in the Virginia Division 4 state boys basketball quarterfinals March 2 at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax.

Potomac Falls (26-4) earned its fourth straight trip to the state semifinals with the win. Sophomore Wayna Allen led the Panthers with a game-high 25 points.

"We just came out and played Panther basketball," Allen said. "We did what we had to do to."

Freshman Michael Janowski scored 14 points and senior D'Shawn Shorts added 12 as eight different Panthers scored. Potomac Falls connected on nine 3-pointers in the game.

Potomac Falls will square off against Salem in the state semifinals March 5 at the Siegel Center in Richmond. Salem advanced to the semifinals with a 53-45 win over Heritage-Lynchburg.

"Our goal is to go down there and get the win," Allen said. "That's what we are trying to do ... work hard in practice and go down there and get the win."

-Potomac Falls 73, Chancellor 53

C: Holmes 18, Greer 16, Patterson 6, James 5, Graves 4, Burrell 2, King 2

PF: Allen 25, Janowski 14, Shorts 12, Thomas 7, Tondi 6, Orbe 4, Fischetti 3, Flowers 2

Halftime: Potomac Falls, 43-28

3-pointers: Potomac Falls 9 (Allen 2, Janowski 2, Shorts 2, Fischetti, Orbe, Thomas); Chancellor 4 (Greer 3, Holmes)

Free throws: Potomac Falls (8 of 12); Chancellor (11 of 17)


Loudoun County 53, Grafton 48

The Raiders closed the game on a 6-0 run to collect the five-point win in the Virginia AA Division 4 state girls basketball quarterfinals March 2 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

Loudoun County - with a roster that includes no seniors and only two juniors - are headed to the state semifinals for the third time in the last four seasons.

Freshman Elisabeth Gianelos paced the Raiders with 15 points. Sophomore Chloe Knox (12 points) and junior Maggie Phillips (10) also scored in double figures.

Knox and sophomore Tayler Tibbits (eight points) each drained a pair of 3-pointers. Another freshman, Alyssa Paige added six points.

The Raiders (24-5) will play Salem in the state semifinals at the Siegel Center in Richmond. Salem defeated Lord Botetourt, 46-34, in the quarterfinals.

The semifinal game is set for March 6 at 11 a.m.


Courtland 54, Woodgrove 51

The Wolverines rallied from a nine-point deficit to take the lead late in regulation before the Cougars scored the final six points to claim the win. The Virginia Division 4 state girls basketball quarterfinal game was played March 2 at Robinson Secondary School.

Woodgrove - saddled with foul trouble - trailed by nine early in the fourth quarter. Three of the Wolverines' top players - seniors Stephanie Purnell, Maggie Buxton and Halle Lynch - each picked up their fourth foul in the first five minutes of the second half.

Lynch started the Wolverines' rally with a 3-pointer from the baseline with 6:32 left in regulation. Senior Brittany Basinger and Purnell scored on consecutive possessions to cut the deficit to two and Woodgrove eventually pulled even on senior Sarah Hardison's baseline jumper with 2:40 remaining.

Sophomore Brooke Basinger drained a jumper to give the Wolverines a 50-48 advantage with 1:55 left. After Purnell made 1 of 2 free throws to extend the lead to three, Courtland's Jessica Hairston knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game.

Hairston, who scored a game-high 28 points, converted two free throws with 11 seconds left to give the Cougars the lead for good. Woodgrove turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and Courtland added a free throw with less than a second remaining for the 54-51 win.

Hardison and Purnell led the Wolverines with 15 points each. The Wolverines were making their second straight appearance in the state playoffs.

Woodgrove (25-4) won Dulles District regular season and tournament titles, along with a Region II championship this season.

-Courtland 54, Woodgrove 51

C: Hairston 28, McNeal 17, Fennell 5, Bradley 3, Demps 1

W: Hardison 15, Purnell 15, Brittany Basinger 7, Lynch 7, Brooke Basinger 3, Lorinchak 3, Buxton 1

Halftime: Courtland, 28-25

3-pointers: Woodgrove 2 (Lorinchak, Lynch); Courtland 2 (Hairston 2)

Free throws: Woodgrove (17 of 26); Courtland (20 of 40)


Brunswick 24, Loudoun Valley 22

The Vikings' attempt to overcome a 10-point second-half deficit came up a little short against the two-time defending state champion Bulldogs in the Virginia Division 3 state boys basketball quarterfinals March 2 at the Siegel Center in Richmond.

Valley (25-5) had a couple chances to tie or go-ahead with a 3-pointer in the final minute despite trailing by nine at halftime and by seven after three quarters.

Junior Paul Rowley led the Vikings with 11 points in the low-scoring game. Rowley recently picked up an offer from Cornell University. He already holds offers from Mount St. Mary's and Quinnipiac.

Seniors Cameron Kiani (five points), Josh Grimard (four) and Jovon Miller (two) rounded out Valley's scoring.

The Vikings - playing in the state tournament for a second straight year - won the Dulles District tournament title this winter and shared the regular-season crown with Potomac Falls.



Quarterfinals, March 2

-Division 4 Boys
Potomac Falls 73, Chancellor 53

-Division 4 Girls
Loudoun County 53, Grafton 48
Courtland 54, Woodgrove 51

-Division 3 Boys
Brunswick 24, Loudoun Valley 22


Semifinal, March 5 at VCU

-Division 4 Boys
Potomac Falls vs. Salem, 9 p.m.


Semifinal, March 6 at VCU

-Division 4 Girls
Loudoun County vs. Salem, 11 a.m.



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