Thursday's game between Loudoun Valley and Liberty was postponed until Oct. 16 after three members of the Liberty basketball program suffered minor injuries in a car accident.
Liberty Activities Director Jerry Carter declined to release the names of the two players and the team manager involved. The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. as the teenagers were driving from a dinner in Warrenton to the Bealeton school for the 7:30 game.
"The team was together at a team meal. The other girls did not see the accident, but they came upon it and were shook up," Carter said. "We're very grateful to [Loudoun Valley Coach] Carmel Keilty and the Loudoun Valley administration for their understanding and cooperation in this situation."
Liberty officials did not know the extent of the teenagers' injuries when the decision to postpone the game was made. The three were treated at Fauquier Hospital for cuts and bruises and were released that evening, according to Liberty Coach Ellen Chapman.
"I'm thankful that no one was seriously hurt," Chapman said. "In the realm of life, the basketball game didn't matter. The girls were really worried about the condition of the three [involved in the accident], but once they heard the results of the X-rays and they saw that everybody was okay, they started to feel better."
The game has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 16.
Spartans' Gordy Is Okay
Broad Run suffered its worst loss of the season Tuesday, 69-32 at Loudoun County, but things could have been worse. Senior guard Jessica Gordy, who leads the Northwestern District in scoring with 17 points per game, sprained her right ankle--the same ankle she injured last season--in the first quarter and did not play the rest of the game.
Broad Run Coach John Costello said Thursday afternoon that he thought--and hoped--Gordy would be able to play soon. He was right: Gordy played that night against Warren County and scored a game-high 23 points in the Spartans' 65-49 win.
"She played last year with an injured ankle right up to the end, and then was in a cast after the season ended," Costello said. "She's very good at dealing with pain."
Thursday's victory was the Spartans' third in four games. Broad Run beat Potomac Falls, 57-29, on Sept. 23 for its first win and then topped Clarke County on Monday, 53-33, to avenge an earlier loss.
"The difference in our game is that we're starting to play full games and our defense is much better," Costello said. "The girls are coming together pretty well, and they're working hard in practice. I like this group a lot, and they're making each other better."
Panthers' Rally Falls Short
Potomac Falls's comeback against visiting Handley on Thursday night fell short in heartbreaking fashion. The Panthers rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit. But with six seconds left in the game and the score tied at 48, Potomac Falls fouled a Handley player, who made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Judges a 49-48 lead. The Panthers were unable to attempt a final shot.
A week earlier, the Panthers beat Warren County, 51-43, for their first Northwestern District win--and their first win in district play, period. Potomac Falls won no district games during two years in the highly competitive Group AAA Concorde District.