A Royal stunner in PG

Stevens, Hop­kins lead home team past Blue Devils

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PRINCE GE­ORGE - In one of the big­gest sur­prises in the 2016-17 sea­son thus far, Prince Ge­orge Girls Bas­ket­ball pulled away from their ri­val Hopewell to clinch a 46-41 stunner of a vic­tory at home. The Roy­als are now 8-3 while the Blue Devils are 10-3.

It was Hopewell’s first loss of the sea­son to a VHSL team in its 2016-17 cam­paign. The Blue Devils ear­lier in the year had beaten Prince Ge­orge twice.

Tay­lor Stevens led the Roy­als with 18 points, fol­lowed by a big per­for­mance from Lilli Hop­kins with 15.

The Roy­als led the first quar­ter 8-2, but Hopewell nar­rowly out­du­eled Prince Ge­orge in the sec­ond to draw within two pos­ses­sions’ reach as the Roy­als stayed in the lead at half­time, 14-10.

Hopewell then took over in the third on their best quar­ter of the night a 21-point ef­fort - to lead Prince Ge­orge 31-26. But the Roy­als saved their best for last, out-pac­ing Hopewell 20-10 in the fourth to sweep on by and seal up the win.

Ty­jana Sim­mons led the Blue Devils with 15 points. Tyah Hunter net­ted 10.

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Prince Ge­orge Bas­ket­ball’s Lilli Hop­kins (fore­ground) and Hopewell’s Dai­jah Jef­fer­son watch the ball dur­ing a free throw.

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Hopewell’s Imani Ed­monds (left) guards against Prince Ge­orge Bas­ket­ball’s Tay­lor Stevens.

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