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Broad Run boys are well-rested for Conference 14 tournament; Loudoun Valley girls lean on defense

Travis Fulgham, left, and Broad Run will be rested and ready when the Conference 14 tournament begins later this week. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

With last week’s snowstorm bumping last week’s games, Broad Run’s boys’ basketball team caught a break.

The Spartans were able to get their final regular-season game in last Wednesday — a 65-58 win over Freedom-South Riding — just before the storm hit. That gives them more than a full week of rest heading into the Conference 14 playoffs, which begin Thursday. Broad Run (17-3, 8-2) earned the top seed, and with it, a bye into the semifinals and at minimum, a spot in the 5A North region play-in game.

“The guys did what they had to do to get it done,” Broad Run Coach John Costello said. “I’m proud of them because everyone was coming at us after starting 6-0 [in conference play]. Then we had a dart on our back. We were able to maintain and hold the lead. It was a big tribute for the guys. I think they’re ready for the next step.”

The two finalists from the Conference 14 tournament advance to the region, along with the winner of the consolation game.

The week off for Broad Run couldn’t come at a better time. A back injury has limited forward Travis Fulgham recently but he’s expected to be back at full strength after sitting out two of the past three games. Fulgham, a high-flier above the rim, is averaging 17.4 points per game for the Spartans.

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“Defensively what he adds is a big thing, too,” Costello said. “He’s a defender that not many people can handle.”

While Broad Run’s position in the tournament is set, seeds two through four still have to work themselves out. Tuscarora (15-6, 6-3) will host Briar Woods (11-9, 3-6) on Tuesday and Stone Bridge (11-10, 6-3) will take on Potomac Falls Monday afternoon.

Vikings’ defense tops in Dulles District

Loudoun Valley’s girls’ basketball team has won with defense all season.

Earning the top seed in the Conference 28 playoffs, the Vikings (14-7, 7-5) will host the winner of Monday’s first-round matchup between Skyline and Warren County on Wednesday.

Loudoun Valley opened its season against both teams, limiting Skyline to 33 points and Warren County to 32 in a pair of victories. The Vikings have held opponents to an average of34.9 points per game, which ranks first in the Dulles District.

Vikings Coach Kenyamo McFarlane is hoping his team can maintain its defensive intensity in the postseason.

“We’ve prided ourselves on our defense all year long,” McFarlane said. “It’s not just one person, it’s a team concept for us. Everyone is playing their role. We’re using our height and our length to our advantage and doing a very good job communicating.”

One of the role players McFarlane mentioned was Jessie Hardesty has played a critical role in the Vikings’ defensive scheme. Her three steals were key in Valley’s 48-42 Feb. 7 win over Woodgrove .

“If we keep playing great defense, the offense will come,” McFarlane said. “We have enough shooters, playmakers and scorers that someone will get hot.”

Raiders earn top seed in Conference 21

Loudoun County’s boys’ basketball team earned the Dulles District No. 1 seed in the Conference 21 tournament and will host Park View (1-21, 0-12) in Tuesday’s first round.

Conference 21’s draw is unique in that it seeds based on the five Dulles District teams and the three Northwestern District squads. Therefore, there’s no outright No. 1 seed. Northwestern’s top-seeded team, Sherando, will face Dulles District No. 4 seed Woodgrove in the first round.

The Raiders (14-8, 10-2) have won their past four games and five of their last six.

Dominion (13-9, 9-3), the second seed out of the Dulles District, will host Northwestern No. 3 James Wood.

Around the area

With makeup games still on the slate, the Conference 14 girls’ bracket has not been finalized, but the top seed is already decided.

Freedom-South Riding (17-4, 9-0), will look to close out a perfect run through the conference regular season when it travels to Ashburn to face Broad Run (14-7, 7-2 on Monday night. . . .

Loudoun County’s girls will host Park View (6-15, 1-11) in the first round of the Conference 21 tournament Tuesday. The Raiders (18-4, 11-1), the Dulles District No. 1 seed, are riding an 11-game winning streak, with their last loss coming on Jan. 8 against Tuscarora.

Woodgrove (19-3, 10-2) is the Dulles District’s No. 2 seed and will host Northwestern No. 3 James Wood on Tuesday. The Northwestern District’s top seed in the Conference 21 tournament is Millbrook, which will host Dulles No. 4 Dominion (8-14, 3-9). . . .

Loudoun Valley’s boys won the Conference 28 regular-season title and earned a first-round bye in this week’s tournament as a result.

The Vikings (17-4, 10-2) will host the winner of Champe (10-11, 4-7) and Central-Woodstock. This season, Loudoun Valley is 3-0 against the two teams.



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