Purnell, Wolverines top Raiders for region title
Woodgrove senior center Stephanie Purnell calmly stepped away from the scene as if nothing had happened, her expressionless face belying the amplifying volume in Purcellville.
In the wake of her fourth block in a 38-22 win over Loudoun County, Purnell’s only concern was finishing the night a Virginia Region II Division 4 champion.
“You don’t want to get too excited, otherwise you start to make stupid mistakes,” Purnell said. “You have to maintain your composure.”
Purnell scored six of her eight points in the first half and gave the Wolverines (25-3) extra possessions with 10 rebounds while senior Sarah Hardison (12 points) made four crucial free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Woodgrove will face Region I runner-up Courtland in a AA Div. 4 quarterfinal at Robinson next weekend. Loudoun County (24-4) will travel to face Region I champion Grafton. . . .
The Potomac Falls boys rode a fourth-quarter surge to win their fourth consecutive Region II Division 4 championship with a 63-53 win over Millbrook in Sterling.
Junior guard Deandre Thomas led the Panthers (25-4) with a season-high 19 points, and sophomore Wanya Allen pitched in 18. Potomac Falls will host Region I runner-up Chancellor in a state quarterfinal next weekend at Robinson looking to reach the semifi- nals for the fourth straight season.
In the Region II Division 3 boys’ final, Loudoun Valley fell to Handley, 57-48, in Purcellville. The Vikings (25-4) travel to face Region I champion Brunswick in next week’s Division 3 quarterfinals. AAA Northwest Region
In reaching the Virginia AAA Northwest Region boys’ basketball final, Battlefield relied on team play, balanced scoring and a tight-knit feel on the floor.
But with foul trouble and injuries leaving only two regular starters on the floor for the Bobcats, Mountain View, down 10 with four minutes left, was able to grind out a 68-64 victory to snag the region title and earn their second state tournament berth. The Wildcats outscored the Bobcats, 19-5, in the final 3 minutes 58 seconds.
“I definitely think if we had had our five in there, we could have probably tied the game at least,” said senior guard Terrell Walker, one of two Bobcats to foul out. “It came down to free throws and we didn’t knock them down.”
Trevor Blondin had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bobcats (19-9), who will face Northern Region champion W.T. Woodson in a state quarterfinal on Friday at Robinson while Mountain View will take on Wakefield at VCU’s Siegel Center. . . .
In the Northwest Region girls’ final, Nicole Floyd and Amanda Hinton scored 18 points apiece to lead No. 15 Stonewall Jackson past Colonial Forge, 56-41, in Manassas. The Raiders (23-3) will face Northern Region runner-up South Lakes in next week’s state quarterfinals.