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Loudoun Valley drops heartbreaker in overtime

Loudoun Valley senior Jordan Miller scored 17 points in the final game of his varsity career. Miller, signed to play for George Mason University, holds the Vikings’ all-time scoring record with 1,712 points.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat
A crowd of more than 2,100 gathered inside Shenandoah University's Wilkins Athletics and Events Center to watch the Loudoun Valley Vikings and the Handley Judges square off for the third time this season March 6 in the Virginia Class 4 boys' basketball semifinals.

After the teams split their two previous meetings this winter, the victor of the rubber match would earn the right to play for a state championship.

The Vikings and Judges traded shots through four intense quarters and three-plus minutes of overtime until Handley senior guard Michael Brown landed the decisive blow on the game's final possession.

Brown, who shared Region 4C Player of the Year honors with Loudoun Valley senior forward Jordan Miller, drove into the lane and rose for a short jumper that trickled through the net as the final second ticked off the clock.

The Judges (25-3) celebrated their 54-52 victory feverishly at midcourt having moved a step closer to claiming their first state championship, while the Vikings (25-3) saw their aspirations of repeating as state champions dashed.

Loudoun Valley senior Mark Melbourne drained a baseline 3-pointer to open the game's scoring. The Vikings maintained their advantage until the midway point of the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 10 on sophomore Trent Dawson's 3-pointer early in the third quarter.

Handley pulled within six by the end of the third quarter and took its first lead with four minutes left in regulation. Keevon Martin and Gus Wise sank 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to put the Judges ahead 40-39.

Trailing by four, Miller converted a layup and senior Jalen Williams followed with a steal and a layup of his own to pull the Vikings even with 1:50 left. Neither team was able to convert in the final minute-plus and the game went to overtime.

Brown and Miller were driving forces for their teams in the extra session. Miller scored all eight of the Vikings' points in overtime, while Brown produced the Judges' 10 points, highlighted by his buzzer beater.

Brown scored 19 of his game-high 23 points after halftime, while Miller finished with 17 points for the Vikings. Melbourne scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half.

Miller, signed to play NCAA Division I basketball at George Mason University, concludes his varsity career as Loudoun Valley's all-time scoring leader with 1,712 points.

Loudoun Valley, coached by Chad Dawson, won Dulles District season and tournament titles this season. The Vikings conclude a three-year run that saw them win 80 games and claim a pair of regional titles along with a first-ever state championship.

Vikings fall in Class 4 girls' semifinal

A breakthrough season for Loudoun Valley's girls' basketball team came to a close in the Virginia Class 4 semifinals.

An undefeated Millbrook squad proved too much for Loudoun Valley in a 76-64 decision March 5 at James Wood High School in Winchester.

The Vikings earned a spot in the semifinals following a thrilling 59-58 overtime victory against Region 4D champion Carroll County in the state quarterfinals March 3 in Christiansburg.

Loudoun Valley rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime and prevailed in the extra session to add a state playoff victory to its resume.

Junior Haley Pasqualone paced the Vikings with 21 points versus Millbrook. Freshman Lee Volker added 15 points and senior Celine Fink scored 10.

Loudoun Valley, coached by Kenyamo McFarlane, won Dulles District season and tournament titles, and reached the regional championship game this winter.

Boys: Handley 54, Loudoun Valley 52 (OT)

LV: Miller 17, Melbourne 14, Dawson 8, Williams 7, Adams 3, Peterson 3

H: Brown 23, James 10, G. Wise 9, Morris 4, Curry 3, Martin 3, S. Wise 2

Halftime: LV 24-17

3-pointers: LV 7 (Melbourne 3, Dawson 2, Adams, Peterson); H 2 (Curry, Martin)

Free throws: LV (7-12); H (8-13)


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