ROANOKE, Va. – It was a busy night in Southwest Virginia with nearly a dozen area teams competing in the VHSL basketball state semifinals.
Starting with Class 5 girls action, Patrick Henry dispatched visiting Potomac Falls 61-37 to advance to the program’s first state final. Coach Mike Hedrick has been busy building a perennial power, and gives all the credit to a tough group of veteran Patriots.
“Very blessed to have the players I have, very lucky to have Savannah Derey here for every game I’ve ever coached,” Hedrick explained. “I’ve had Shelby Fiddler and Minnie Childress for every game I’ve every coached. I’ve had them since they were 8th granders. I rely on them and anyone who watches knows they are our kick starters they do everything for us so right now I just drive the bus and they run the show,” Hedrick said.
The Patriots will face Princess Anne, a 71-30 winner of Lloyd Bird in the other Class 5 semifinal.
In Pulaski County, the girls basketball Region D champions hosted Loudon Valley, who won the Region C title. It was a low scoring, defensive battle for most of the game that ended 31-31 in regulation. A four minute overtime period looked to go into another tied at 39 all, but a buzzer beater by Keslyn Secrist sent the Cougars to the State Championship game against Louisa County Saturday.
“It felt so good, I had the confidence and knew it was going in. After I made it, it was a great feeling. I don’t even know, I can’t express how proud I am of my teammates and I’m so proud of each and every one of them and I’m so glad we get to go back this year,” Secrist said.
A hop and a skip down I-77, the Carroll County Cavaliers were in another state tournament appearance, hosting Spotswood. This matchup got out to a hot start offensively, with Spotswood going on two different scoring runs to gain nearly a double digit lead in the first and fourth quarter. Carroll County did take the lead late in the third quarter, but Spotswood was able to pull away to get the win, 52-45.
In girls Class 2 action, Glenvar had a tall task in trying to topple defending Class 2 Champion Gate City. Olivia Harris pitched in 20 but the Blue Devils had too much, advancing to the finals by a score of 55-38.