Pur­nell, Wolver­ines top Raiders for re­gion ti­tle

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - BY GABE HI­ATT AND PRE­STON WIL­LIAMS gabe.hi­att@wash­post.com williamsp@wash­post.com

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.

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