Eight local hoops squads earn district titles

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The top seeds in the four districts of the Central Region came into their respective district tournaments undefeated in league play. But only two were able to seal the deal and take home titles.

Henrico overcame an early seven point deficit to beat rival Highland Springs 80-73.  The Warriors go into the region playoffs 24-1 after taking home the Capital District championship.

Petersburg held off a late Hopewell rally to win the Central District championship, 75-70.  The Crimson Wave go into the region championship with just one loss on the season, and on the opposite side of the bracket as Henrico.

John Marshall came into the Colonial District championship game unblemished in league play, but they could not take home the title Friday night. Thomas Jefferson put forth a dominating performance, taking a 33-24 halftime lead, and beating the Justices 85-70 in a wild second half.

The top seed in the Dominion District, L.C. Bird, lost in the semifinals to fourth seed James River. The Rapids almost pulled off the double upset.  But in the championship game Friday night, Cosby Sophomore Jarek Frankovich nailed a shot as time expired to give the Titans a 46-45 win. The Titans claim the Dominion crown as the second seed.

On the girls side, Meadowbrook dominated Prince George in the fourth time they played this year, and second time this week, 58-40.  The Monarchs coasted to the Central District championship after taking a 29 point halftime lead.

It was also an easy road for Highland Springs.  The Lady Springers dominated Varina to the tune of an 87-45 victory.  Highland Springs finished the season undefeated in the Capital District.

Hermitage took the Colonial District title, as the Panthers won low-scoring affair over Deep Run 39-28.  The Panthers were the second seed, Deep Run knocked off top seed Patrick Henry in the semifinals.

And L.C. Bird knocked off top seeded Monacan to take the girls Dominion championship, 62-52.

The Region playoffs begin Monday with the first two rounds at home sites on Monday and Tuesday.  The semifinals begin on Thursday at the Siegel Center.

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