No. 12 West Springfield did its best to slow the pace against Cosby’s potent offense in Thursday’s Virginia 6A state semifinal, but the Spartans could not overcome their own offensive struggles in a 36-27 loss at VCU’s Siegel Center in Richmond.
The teams were knotted at 15 at the half, but a Cosby team that features Georgetown signee Dorothy Adomako and North Carolina recruit Jocelyn Jones proved to be too much for the Spartans.
The 6-foot-1 Adomako scored a game-high 18 points for the Titans and West Springfield senior Amy Berglund finished her standout high school career with 13 points in the loss. Shelby Haynes added seven points and hit two-three pointers for the Spartans (25-3).
“We wanted to get them out of their 2-3 zone. They had four kids in their zone over 6-foot, so we weren’t getting any rebounds,” Spartans Coach Bill Gibson said. “We tried to get them into a man and they came out a little bit, but they went back to 1-3-1 and trapped us.”
The Spartans trailed 19-18 after three quarters, but key turnovers allowed Cosby to take control of the game as they outscored West Springfield 16-8 in the final period.
Berglund finished four-year varsity career with more than 1,200 points for West Springfield, which began the season with 16 straight wins.
“I talk about Kara Lawson a lot,” Gibson said of the former West Springfield and Tennessee standout, “and now I’m going to be talking about her and Amy Berglund.”