Marshall Boys, Bird Girls reach Region finals

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The John Marshall boys and the L.C. Bird girls were victorious on Thursday night at the Siegel Center, meaning they've booked their ticket to the state tournament, and need just one more win to be crowned Central Region Champions.

J-M used 5 three pointers from senior Aaron McCrae to top Armstrong 65-53.  The Justices jumped out to an eight point lead at the end of the first quarter.  They held that lead until the fourth, when Armstrong grabbed a one point lead.  But that seemed to invigorate J-M, as McCrae hit two three's in a row, and they did not look back.

Tavon Mealy led the Wildcats with 16 points and 10 rebounds.  Kevon Cooley added 10 points and 10 boards, and Robert Valentine poured in 15 in the defeat.

McCrae finished with 17 points, Gerad Dean scored 20, and Brian White put in 17.

The Justices await Friday's winner between Henrico and L.C. Bird.

L.C. Bird jumped out to an early lead, and never relinquished it, dispatching Meadowbrook 54-43 in the girls Region semifinals.

Taja Cole was the only Skyhawk in double-digits, pouring in 28 points.

Meadowbrook struggled shooting the ball - going just 12 for 56 (21%).  The Monarchs outrebounded Bird 51-28, but they did not connect on a three-pointer.

Tyra Whitehead recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. The Monarchs leading scorer, Ashley Pegram, was 2-13 from the field, and scored 11 points.

L.C. Bird will play the winner of Friday's showdown between Highland Springs and Cosby.

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