Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Only two boys and two girls basketball teams remained in the Central Region on Monday, as the region championship games tipped off at the Siegel Center. The boys side featured a match-up of two teams that had just one loss each, setting up a classic for the region crown.
Petersburg entered the night on a 14 game winning streak and ranked number one in the state, while Henrico was on a 20 game winning streak and ranked fifth. The two teams battled back and forth during the first half with the Crimson Wave holding a 41-39 lead at the break. The second half saw Frank Mason take over for Petersburg. The Towson-bound senior scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half and added 17 rebounds on the night for a double-double when his team needed it most, as the Wave held off Henrico for the 76-68 win. It marks the third regional championship in the last four years for Petersburg.
In addition to Mason's big night, Marcus Hoosier chipped in 22 points for the Crimson Wave. Jordan Talley led four Henrico players in double-figures with 18 points in the losing cause. Tim Jones scored 15, with Jay Allen and Evan Thorpe each scoring eleven. Thorpe added eleven rebounds for a double-double. Henrico struggled at the free-throw line, missing 15 of 32 attempts from the charity stripe.
Petersburg will return to the Siegel Center on Friday for the Group AAA quarterfinals as the Crimson Wave take on Thomas Edison at 8:45 pm. Henrico heads to Fairfax on Friday where Northern Region champion Westfield awaits.
In girls action, Highland Springs took on Monacan and jumped on the Chiefs right from the get-go, opening up a 20-5 lead in the first quarter and leading by a 38-24 score at halftime. Monacan would trim the lead to seven in the third quarter, but the Springers used a 30-6 run to pull away and earn the 73-46 victory. It marks the first ever Central Region title for Franklin Harris' team.
Kermisha Clark scored a game-high 31 points to pace the Springers to the win, while De'June' Robinson chipped in 20. Jazzmin Dabney pulled down 14 rebounds for Highland Springs in the winning effort as well. Gabby Harris, Micaela Parson and Raven Williams each scored eleven points for Monacan.
Highland Springs will play in state quarterfinal action on Friday at 7:00 against West Springfield. Monacan travels to Fairfax to face Oakton.