Varsity sports returned to game action Monday night for the first time since March. A total of 18 Loudoun teams competed in nine varsity basketball games throughout the county.
Broad Run, Dominion, Independence and Stone Bridge earned wins on the boys' side, while Briar Woods, Dominion, Loudoun Valley, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora each prevailed on the girls' side.
For players and coaches, it was the first chance to compete in a high school game since COVID-19 halted varsity sports more than nine months ago.
Players wore masks and the bench areas were spread out to allow for social distancing. Spectators were not permitted inside gymnasiums.
"It's great for the kids. These kids have been through a lot these last nine months," Independence boys' basketball coach Corey Stitzel said following his team's 69-63 win over Tuscarora. "Kudos to everyone out there who made this happen and allowed us to play a basketball game."
Monday, Dec. 21
Dominion 55, Loudoun County 50
Stone Bridge 57, Rock Ridge 51
Broad Run 66, Loudoun Valley 59
Independence 69, Tuscarora 63
Briar Woods 54, Freedom 32
Dominion 46, Loudoun County 43
Tuscarora 38, Independence 19
Loudoun Valley 48, Broad Run 28
Stone Bridge 50, Rock Ridge 6