Beating West Springfield also helped the Titans distance themselves from a frustrating experience the previous weekend in the National Title IX Holiday Invitational Classic at Trinity University.
T.C. advanced to the Gold Division final and was set to face Columbia (Ga.). With about four minutes left in warmups before the championship, T.C. got a new opponent. The Hoover, Ala., team scheduled to play Good Counsel in the Platinum Division final later that night had to back out of the Good Counsel game because of an issue regarding private school Good Counsel not being a sanctioned member of its state high school association.
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So 10 more minutes were put on the warmup clock, and Hoover, the team that had won its way into the more prestigious Platinum Division final, took the floor to face public school T.C. in the Gold final.
“I was more than upset about that,” said Walton, whose team lost 55-33 to Hoover. “We prepared to play [Columbia] and here we are three minutes before the game was to start [getting a new opponent]. We had prepped, watched film, figured our game strategy.”
Good Counsel beat Columbia in the Platinum final.
Eagles encouraged by early play
No. 9 Edison lost its Virginia AAA National District showdown at No. 7 Mount Vernon on Friday, but the Eagles are encouraged by their 9-1 record, which includes three wins over ranked teams (Calvert, Potomac and Bowie) in the Lady Crusader Holiday Tournament.
Three of the Eagles’ top five scorers are freshmen — Megan Hendrick, Jada Graves and Raven Moses — and leading scorer Sheila Sherrill is the only senior on the team. Moses had 15 rebounds against Mount Vernon.
Edison, led by junior Caitlyn Riley’s season-high 13 points, outscored the Majors by six in the fourth quarter of a 53-45 loss.
“They’ve definitely surpassed what I expected,” Edison Coach Dianne Lewis said. “Those kids love to play basketball. They’re committed to playing basketball. They want to be in the gym. They’re going to continue to get better. They’re going to develop.”
The rematch against Mount Vernon is at Edison on Jan. 30.