Following a tightly contested Dulles District tournament final five days earlier, the Loudoun Valley Vikings and the Tuscarora Huskies squared off for the fourth time this season Wednesday in the Region 4C girls' basketball tournament championship game.
With a spot in the Virginia Class 4 state tournament on the line, Valley fended off Tuscarora's fourth-quarter surge to win 45-33 and claim its second consecutive regional championship.
The Vikings - who have won 40 of 41 games dating back to the start of the 2019-2020 season -- will play the winner of Friday's Region 4D championship game between Pulaski County and Amherst in the state semifinals Feb. 16.
"We want to get that ring, we are just focused on that right now," Valley junior point guard Jane Bodamer said of the Vikings' mindset heading into the state tournament. "We've been so close the past two seasons ... we want to finish it this year."
After suffering their only loss last season in the state semifinals, the Vikings (17-0) earned a return trip to the state playoffs by completing the season sweep of the Huskies.
Tuscarora -- led by first-year head coach Tayler Dodson -- held a one-point lead in the Dulles District championship game with less than two minutes to play before Valley rallied for a 47-44 win.
In Wednesday's region final, the Huskies (13-5) produced a 9-2 run in the fourth quarter to close to within five before the Vikings pulled away down the stretch. A drastic improvement for a young Tuscarora team that lost two regular season games to Valley by a combined 50 points.
"It's hard to beat a team four times in a season," Valley coach Bill Reynolds said before praising Dodson. "And she is an amazing coach, it's in her bloodline. I think we are going to have battles for years to come."
Despite being challenged by a physical Tuscarora defense, Valley sophomore Louis Volker still found a way to score a game-high 14 points. Bodamer and junior Alison Pike each added 12 points.
Reynolds also praised the defensive play of senior Kate Brennan, who requested and accepted the challenge of guarding Tuscarora sophomore standout Grace Middleton.
"Our difference maker was definitely Kate Brennan," Reynolds said. "She played great man defense. She stayed with Grace the whole game."
Sophomore Colette Morris led a balanced scoring effort for the Huskies with eight points. Freshman Alysa Carrigan and junior Katherine Scheivert each scored six points.
Loudoun Valley 45, Tuscarora 33
T: Morris 8, Carrigan 6, K. Scheivert 6, L. Scheivert 5, Lesho 4, Middleton 4
LV: Volker 14, Bodamer 12, Pike 12, Brennan 3, Cohoon 2, Wagers 2
Halftime: LV 21-15
Free throws: LV 14 of 19; T 4 of 7
3-pointers: T 3 (Morris 2, L. Scheivert); LV 1 (Pike)