In last Sunday's Girls Basketball Notebook, an article said that Park View High School senior shooting guard Abby Brown had not played since injuring her ankle in a pickup game the weekend of Oct. 9. She entered as a reserve during the Patriots' Oct. 28 game against Potomac Falls. (Published 11/07/99)

Despite Injuries, Patriots Press On

The Park View High School girls basketball team has lost so many starters, it is amazing the Patriots are not finished.

"I was telling my assistants the other day, we've had more injuries this year than I can remember in the 12 years I've been coaching," Park View Coach Larry Simms said Friday.

So it's surprising for him the Patriots actually have a shot at clinching a home playoff game in the Northwestern District tournament--despite only one player (freshman forward Megan Doughty) who began the year as a starter being on the court for the opening tip-off against Potomac Falls Thursday night.

The first injury came when senior point guard Alex Ernst broke three bones in her foot, ending her season just two games into it. Her absence, and a difficult early-season schedule, contributed to a 2-5 start for the Patriots.

The second came the weekend of Oct. 9, when senior shooting guard Abby Brown injured her ankle during a pickup game. She hasn't played since.

Then last week, senior Crystal Doughty--the team's leading scorer and rebounder--injured her knee, causing her to miss games against Loudoun County and Potomac Falls.

Sophomore center Jessica Nelson, a key rebounder, has missed the past two weeks because of a school disciplinary action.

But despite being heavily injured, Park View has gotten great play from Doughty and fellow freshman Veronica Skinner and has gone 7-4 since the subpar start. Entering the last week of play, the team has a 7-5 district record.

"At the beginning of the season, I was hoping to at least get in the third spot [in the district playoffs]," said Skinner, a point guard who has provided consistency at the position since replacing Brown. "If we can host the first playoff game, with all of our setbacks, we'll be lucky. I'll take it."

Up for Grabs--Maybe

Three teams from the Northwestern District will qualify for the Region II playoffs, and an automatic bid could be decided this week. Then again it might not.

Loudoun County, 11-1 in the district, is currently a game ahead of both Liberty (10-2) and Loudoun Valley (10-2), with two games left to play for each team. The Raiders can clinch the regular season district title outright--and qualify for the region playoffs--by beating Potomac Falls Tuesday and Loudoun Valley two days later.

But if the Raiders lose one of those games, especially against the Vikings, things could get complicated. The Vikings and the Eagles then could create a three-way tie for first place by winning their two remaining games. In years past, a two-way tie for first was settled with a one-game playoff.

"I don't know what we'd do with a three-way tie," said Liberty Coach Ellen Chapman, who added she couldn't remember the last time there was such a situation.

A Time to Heal

Loudoun County is in the middle of a five-day break between games, and it comes at a good time for the first-place Raiders. Senior guard Marie Bolton is nursing a sore back, and junior guard Stacy James and Tara Kidwell each have pulled quadriceps. All three have been able to play, but Coach Bob Pingley said he was glad his team would play only two games this week, as opposed to the three games it has had to play each of the past two weeks.

"We've also been lucky in that we've been able to rest them in the latter half of our games lately," said Pingley, alluding to his team's blowout wins over Warren County (58-28) and Park View (65-28).

UPCOMING GAMES

All games begin at 7:30

TUESDAY

Potomac Falls at Loudoun County

Broad Run at Handley

Liberty at Park View

Warren County at Loudoun Valley

THURSDAY

Potomac Falls at Liberty

Park View at Broad Run

Loudoun County at Loudoun Valley

Handley at Warren County

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

THURSDAY

Park View 51, Potomac Falls 45

Liberty 60, Handley 45

Loudoun Valley 60, Broad Run 35

Loudoun County 58, Warren County 28

TUESDAY

Handley 60, Potomac Falls 42

Broad Run at Warren County

Loudoun Valley 65, Liberty 42

Loudoun County 65, Park View 28

MONDAY

Loudoun County 68, Brentsville 32

Handley 50, Clarke County 37

BY THE NUMBERS

34.3

Average margin of victory in Loudoun County's three wins last week.

7

Players who have scored in double figures for Liberty this season.

THURSDAY'S BOX SCORES

LOUDOUN VALLEY 60, BROAD RUN 35

Highlights: Loudoun Valley's Cory Livesay had 10 points, two assists and three steals. Valerie Murphy had seven points and five rebounds, and Lorraine Murphy had five points and five steals.

Loudoun Valley--Carlson 3 2-2 8, Colby 2 0-0 4, Everhart 4 4-6 12, Giannini 1 0-0 2, Livesay 5 0-0 10, McLaughlin 5 0-0 12, L. Murphy 1 3-4 5, V. Murphy 3 1-2 7. Totals: 24 10-14 60.

Broad Run--Burke 1 2-2 4, Lawlor 1 1-2 3, Gordy 5 3-5 13, Creech 1 0-0 2, Korte 0 1-2 1, Sindoria 2 0-0 4, Crane 2 0-0 4, McKinney 1 2-2 4. Totals 13 9-13 35.

Halftime: Loudoun Valley, 36-10.

Three-point goals: L 2 (McLaughlin 2); B 0.

LOUDOUN COUNTY 58

WARREN COUNTY 28

Highlights: Katie Baldwin led all scorers with 17 points and also had seven steals. Teammate Stacy James added 12 points, nine steals and three assists, and Marie Bolton had 14 points, seven steals and three assists.

Loudoun County--Bolton 6 0-0 14, Kidwell 2 0-0 4, James 6 0-0 12, Baldwin 8 1-2 17, Grimes 1 2-4 4, Kelly 0 1-2 1, Forsythe 1 0-0 2, Shannon 0 0-0 0, Higgins 2 0-0 4. Totals 26 4-10 58.

Warren County--Bradd 2 0-0 4, Eastham 1 0-0 2, Walters 4 0-0 9, Place 2 0-0 4, Fletcher 2 1-1 5, Metendez 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 4-5 28.

Halftime: Loudoun County, 37-12.

Three-point goals: L 2 (Bolton 2); W 2 (Walters, Fletcher).

LIBERTY 60, HANDLEY 45

Highlights: Liberty's Danielle Tapscott led all scorers with 12 points, and teammate Jenny Gray added 11 points.

Liberty--Tapscott 6 0-0 12, Jones 3 0-0 6, Olinger 2 0-0 5, King 1 0-0 2, Hudson 5 0-1 10, Gray 3 4-6 11, Ford 1 3-4 5, Sherman 0 2-2 2, Hermes 3 1-2 7. Totals 22 10-15 60.

Handley--Polston 3 3-7 10, Gibbs 0 2-2 2, Ricketts 1 2-2 4, Ritchie 3 0-0 6, Sanford 4 0-0 10, Iden 0 2-2 2, Brewer 5 0-5 10, Till 0 1-3 1. Totals 16 10-21 45.

Halftime: Liberty, 35-20.

Three-point goals: L 2 (Olinger, Gray); H 3 (Sanford 2, Polston).