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Loudoun Valley wins first state basketball title in dominant fashion

The Loudoun Valley Vikings are Virginia 4A state boys’ basketball champions.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat
Loudoun Valley and Monacan high schools have squared off in the Virginia 4A state boys' basketball quarterfinals each of the last two seasons. Each time, the winner of that game has moved on to win a state championship.

Monacan accomplished that feat in 2016, knocking off a previously undefeated Loudoun Valley squad on its way to a state title.

The Loudoun Valley Vikings turned the tables in 2017.

Once again entering the state playoffs as conference and regional champions, Loudoun Valley won the quarterfinal rematch 83-61 before cruising to a pair of 32-point victories in its next two games to earn its first state title in program history.

"I'm very proud of these young men. They battled all year long," Loudoun Valley head coach Chad Dawson said. "They are just a super group."

Loudoun Valley put the finishing touches on its magical season with a stellar performance in the state final. The Vikings controlled play from start to finish in an 80-48 victory against 4A West Region champion Jamestown on March 10 at the Siegel Center in Richmond.

"We definitely didn't leave off on the right note last year," Viking senior captain Nick Ball said. "It feels a lot better to get it this year. We've been working every day for a long time for this."

Playing in a state final for the first time since 1988, Loudoun Valley proved ready for the big stage. The Vikings (30-1) jumped out to a 24-8 lead after one quarter and extended that advantage in each ensuing quarter.

Loudoun Valley connected on a sizzling 70.5 percent of its field goal attempts and held a 26-15 rebounding edge.

"They are one of the best teams I've ever seen play high school basketball, and I've been around basketball my whole life," praised Dawson, who has guided the Vikings to five state tournament appearances in his 14 seasons as head coach.

Junior Jordan Miller, lauded by Dawson as the "best player in the state", poured in a game-high 26 points and grabbed six rebounds in the title game.

Ball scored 19 points and dished a game-high seven assists. Junior Dominic Peterson drained four 3-pointers on his way to 14 points, while senior Duron Norris produced a stat line of eight points, four assists and three steals.

Loudoun Valley won its final 14 games following a regular-season loss to Heritage. Ball points to the Vikings' response to that loss as a pivotal point in the season.

"I think the loss at Heritage helped us regroup as a unit and look at ourselves and know we are beatable. We have to play hard and give our best every night for all 32 minutes."

After playing in front of capacity home crowds in their conference and regional tournament championship games, the Vikings once again received tremendous support in the state title game as a large contingent of Viking faithful made the two-hour plus trip from Purcellville to Richmond.

Following the state championship victory, fans lined up outside the Siegel Center on a cold evening awaiting Loudoun Valley players and coaches to exit the arena.

"Our community is incredible," Dawson said. "I'm very fortunate to coach in a place like this with the support we get."

"The younger kids look up to these guys and treat them as almost superheroes," Dawson continued. "I think they have carried themselves well and I'm very proud of them. It's a fantastic place to coach."

-Click here to view photos from the state championship game.

Loudoun Valley Vikings

-Seniors
Nick Ball*
Cyle Brown
Jamir DeGree
Cameron Hippler
Nick Kallivokas
Duron Norris*

-Juniors
Ryan Alexander
Nick Dize
Dylan Jones
Jordan Miller*
Dominic Peterson*
Matthew Traub
Jalen Williams

-Sophomores
Robby Adams
Josh Baird

-Freshmen
Trent Dawson
Clyde Volker

-Head coach
Chad Dawson

-Assistant coaches
Scott Fitzwater
Josh Mallory
Kameron Ritter

-Managers
Valerie Contreras
Jordan Feeley
Annika Henrikson
Julia Singh

*Team captains


Loudoun Valley 80, Jamestown 48

LV: Miller 26, Ball 19, Peterson 14, Norris 8, Williams 5, DeGree 4, Dize 2, Volker 2

J: M. Wang 13, Jones 9, Schmidt 8, Devine 7, Brown 6, Exton 2, E. Wang 2, Boll 1

Halftime: LV 42-25

3-pointers: LV 6 (Peterson 4, Ball, Williams); J 6 (Jones 3, Devine 2, M. Wang)

Free throws: LV (12 of 13); J (6 of 10)


VHSL 4A State Basketball Tournament

-Final, March 10
Loudoun Valley 80, Jamestown 48

-Semifinals, March 4
Loudoun Valley 75, George Washington 43
Jamestown 66, John Handley 65

-Quarterfinals, March 3
Loudoun Valley 83, Monacan 61
Jamestown 64, William Fleming 45
John Handley 86, Hanover 56
George Washington 68, Smithfield 55


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