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Virginia girls' basketball: Forest Park holds off Thomas Dale in a state quarterfinal

Forest Park toppled Thomas Dale, 70-65, to win the Virginia AAA girls' basketball state quarterfinal.

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"I was happy with how we played most of the game," Coach Kesha Walton said. "That second quarter really hurt us because we were in there. . . . The transition hurt a lot."

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Norman - who finished with seven points, 10 below her team-leading average - picked up her third foul in the second quarter and missed much of the following quarter.

Junior Gabby Moss led the Titans with 14 points.

"Not many teams came this far and we are proud of what we accomplished," Norman said. "We just came out on the short end of the stick."

l LOUDOUN COUNTY 57, EASTERN VIEW 41: Fueled by a breakneck offensive pace and a full-court press, the Raiders raced to an early lead in their AA Division 4 quarterfinal matchup with Eastern View at Robinson. But with multiple players battling foul trouble, the pace almost proved too much for Loudoun County.

When Eastern View cut the deficit from 16 to five early in the fourth quarter, the Raiders put the ball in the hands of their lone senior, Brittany Batts, and used a dominant rebounding effort to close out the win.

"Sometimes it's difficult because all we want to do is push the ball," Batts said. "If we're in a slump, we need to slow it down, try to get a layup or something and not try to push the ball all the time."

Batts took over in the fourth, draining three three-pointers and scoring 22 of her game-high 28 in the second half.

On the other end, junior center Casey Cummings battled with Cyclones senior Courtney Shanks (17 points), avoiding her fifth foul while pulling down 20 rebounds to go along with 10 points as the Raiders (25-4) shrugged off 20 turnovers to return to the state quarterfinals.

There, the Raiders will face either Turner Ashby or Hidden Valley on Wednesday at the Siegel Center.

l GEORGE MASON 81, LANCASTER 43: In a rematch of last year's Virginia A Division 2 state championship game, the Mustangs left little doubt they're ready to make a run at a third consecutive title.

George Mason used overwhelming defense to force 31 turnovers.


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