Loudoun basketball: Freedom-South Riding’s Nicole Zubovich ‘playing big’ after overcoming ACL injury

January 20, 2014

It’s been a long road to recovery for Freedom-South Riding guard Nicole Zubovich.

In November of 2012, she tore her ACL, which required extensive rehab for her to be able to return this season.

With the 2013-14 season more than halfway finished, Zubovich’s knee has improved significantly, evidenced by two recent stellar performances.

“It’s doing a lot better but it still gets sore after games,” she said. “But I’ve progressed a lot since the beginning of the season.”

Wearing a brace to protect her knee, Zubovich has been able to contribute in a big way for the Eagles recently.

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Last Wednesday against Heritage, Zubovich, averaging 6.4 points per game at that point, exploded for 24 points. In the process, she hit seven three-pointers to lead her team in a 67-60 win. On Friday against Woodgrove, Zubovich scored 14, adding three more three-pointers in a 47-41 win.

Coach Teddy Whitney said the senior guard’s production has catapulted the Eagles (11-1) to a higher level on the court.

“She’s starting to get in the flow,” Whitney said. “Those big threes, her attacking the basket, it makes us a totally different team. We didn’t have that fifth starter. We always had four starters. And now she’s stepped in and is playing big.”

Bulldogs making noise in Conference 14

Don’t look now, but the Stone Bridge boys’ basketball team has started to shake up the VHSL Conference 14 standings.

Led by Jason Jolly (21.7 points per game), the Bulldogs have won their last three contests after dropping five in a row. Two of those wins were upsets over conference foes Tuscarora and Briar Woods.

The hot streak put the Bulldogs (7-8, 2-1) in a tie with Briar Woods for second place in the Conference 14 race.

Stone Bridge guard Julian Albizo contributed a strong week, averaging 12 points in his Bulldogs' three wins.

In its first 12 games, Stone Bridge averaged 55.8 points per game. In their three-game winning streak, the Bulldogs have put up an average of 70 points each outing.

Tierney produces for Panthers in return

Potomac Falls (12-3) received a big boost this week by getting guard Matt Tierney back into the lineup.

The senior guard missed five consecutive games — which included conference losses to Briar Woods and Broad Run — with a concussion.

With Tierney back, the Panthers have another scoring option on the floor to go with Wanya Allen (17.9 points per game), A.J. Robinson (13.7 points per game) and Andrew Corum (12.7 points per game).

Tierney hit three three-pointers and scored 11 points in a 91-48 win over Park View last Wednesday. He scored 10 points, adding two more three-pointers, in a 49-41 victory Thursday over Loudoun Valley.

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