Unlikely duo powers No. 17 Osbourn to Cedar Run District championship victory over Battlefield
Saturday, February 19, 2011; 12:23 AM
Nine different players have scored in double figures for No. 17 Osbourn this season. The fun for the Eagles is finding out whose turn it is on a particular night.
On Friday at home in the Virginia AAA Cedar Run District championship, it was junior forward Jahaan Roberson's turn in the first half and junior guard Cedric Delaney's in the second during a 74-58 victory over Battlefield.
Roberson scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half, and Delaney scored 11 of his 13 in the second. Never mind that they are not among the Eagles' top four scorers this season.
"We have so many possibilities on the floor," Osbourn Coach Mike Dufrene said. "If [Isaac] Freeman's not going, you have Roberson. If [Jay] Lane's not going, you have [Robbie] Carter or Delaney. It's nice to have different options and not rely on one or two people."
The Eagles (22-1) had already sewn up the district's top seed for the Northwest Region tournament. They will host Stafford (14-7) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the quarterfinals.
Osbourn rattled off 10 unanswered points on Battlefield (13-9) in the middle of the third quarter - with baskets from four different players - to run a seven-point lead to 17. Junior guard Lane finished with 19 points and Carter added 10.
But it was Roberson who got the team off on firm footing, particularly with 7-foot-1 senior center Isaac Freeman in foul trouble.
"One of my better games," said Roberson, who also grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds. "Helped the team out real good in the beginning. Everybody kept feeding off me."
Stonewall girls roll
Senior forward Joy Caracciolo scored 27 points, sophomore guard Danielle Burns added 20, junior guard Ryan Jordan chipped in with 17 and senior guard Necole Sterling and sophomore guard Amanda Hinton had 10 apiece.
"We're starting to peak offensively," Stonewall Coach Nsonji White said. "We're doing an excellent job of sharing the ball. They've done a great job meshing individual talent with our team concept. So I'm really, really proud of the girls."
The Raiders have been three different teams this season - the first version adapting to transfer point guard Sterling, who's more of a shooting guard, and the second version working in Colorado transfer Burns last month.
"It definitely felt like our team kept changing and we kept doing different things," Caracciolo said. "Our team's just been really switching up. We're definitely not the same team that we were at the beginning of the year."