|Loudoun County’s Gabrielle Gillis wrestles Lake Taylor’s Endia McKinney for a loose ball during the Virginia 4A state girls’ basketball semifinal game March 8 in Norfolk.—Photo Courtesy/Stephen Katz, Virginia Pilot|
Loudoun County High School showed grit in turning an eight-point halftime deficit into a fourth-quarter lead March 8 in the Virginia 4A state girls' basketball semifinals at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, it was not enough as reigning state champion Lake Taylor closed the game on a 9-0 run to win 42-37.
Lake Taylor - Virginia AAA state champions in 2010 and 2013 - will face William Fleming in the 4A state championship game March 13 in Richmond.
Loudoun County concludes its season at 23-6, highlighted by Conference 21 regular-season and tournament championships and another trip to the state playoffs.
Maggie Phillips scored a game-high 16 points and Elisabeth Gianelos added 14 for the Raiders.
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Lake Taylor 42, Loudoun County 37
LC: Gillis 4, Phillips 16, Gianelos 14, Kushner 3. Totals 16 4-13 37.
LT: Cuffee 9, Cooper 7, Whitley 8, Williams 8, McKinney 8, Farris 2. Totals 16 8-18 42.
Halftime: Lake Taylor, 24-16.
3-point goals: Kushner, Cooper, Williams.