Christy Winters scored 16 of her 23 points in the second half as the Vogues of Virginia defeated Lucius and Lacey's Ladies, 69-56, last night at Lake Braddock to advance to the final of the 16-and-under AAU/USA Junior Olympic girls basketball national championship.
The Vogues (8-1), who beat Indiana, 67-66, yesterday morning and have won seven straight in the losers' bracket, will play Southeastern from east Tennessee for the title today at 10 a.m. Southeastern advanced to the final yesterday morning when it beat Lucius and Lacey's Ladies, a team coached by former NBA players Lucius Allen and Sam Lacey, 103-84.
In the 18-and-under division, Georgia, which advanced through the winners' bracket, will play Arkansas, a team which has completed an 8-1 record competing with only eight players. Arkansas, behind 21 points from guard Juliet Jackson, defeated Southern of Mississippi, 84-80, in last night's losers' bracket final. Georgia reached today's title game when it handed Arkansas its only loss yesterday morning.
Playbacks in the double elimination tournament will be at 2 for the 16-and-under and at 4 for the 18-and-under, if necessary.
Winters, a 6-foot-2 all-Metropolitan from South Lakes High School, led the Vogues into the losers' bracket final when she made a basket with 17 seconds left to lift them past Indiana.
In last night's game, the Vogues led, 27-24, at intermission and outscored the Ladies, 10-2, at the start of the second half as Winters scored inside and Paula Schuler, who had 10 of her 16 points in the second half, hit from the outside.