The Colonial Beach Varsity Girls Basketball team captured this year’s Region A Division 1 finals at Surry High School. Pictured in top row, from left, assistant coaches Audra Lucas-Peyton and Tina Inscoe, Chadale Dillon, Kaitlyn Proffitt, assistant coach Theresa Fulcher, Billie Gould, Megan Seaman, Karley Inscoe, Kora Herrod, coach Keith Dickerson, Tniyiza Taylor, and assistant coach Dwayne Newman; bottom row, from left, Emily Parks, McKenzie Conway, Caneishia Fulcher and Deniya Newman.
Cliché as the saying may be, but hard work could be this year’s theme for the Colonial Beach Girls Basketball team this season. After falling behind in the district to finish third and losing in the district tournament, the Lady Drifters stormed out in the regional tournament to win the finals and earn a trip to Richmond.
On Feb. 23, fourth seeded Colonial Beach went on the road and defeated second seeded Charles City 59-44 in the Region A Division 1 Championship at Surry High School.
Following the game, seniors Karley Inscoe and Caneishia Fulcher were named co-mvps for the Region A Division 1 Tournament. Both newly named members of the school’s 1,000-point club had a double-double to end the week. Fulcher scored 14 points and dished out 11 assists, while Inscoe added 18 points and collected 18 rebounds. Billie Gould followed with 12 points followed by Megan Seamen with 11 and Deniya Newman with four.
Colonial Beach advanced to the finals after defeating fifth seeded West Point 46-12 in the opening round of the region tournament and Appomattox 43-37 last week.
“It’s true, hard work pays off and hard work beats talent,” said Dickerson.
In his six seasons coaching, Dickerson has made the playoffs every year. It wasn’t until this year the work paid off with a region championship and an opportunity to claim a state championship.
“When I first took over the program, we didn’t have a lot of anything. Didn’t have a lot of uniforms, a lot of basketballs or a lot of girls with basketball knowledge,” Dickerson said. In his first season, the team only won four games.
Coach Dickerson said for people that know him, he is very honest and doesn’t hide anything from his girls. He was even forthcoming to the girls that before their region championship his best girls team already had passed.
“I expected only five or six wins this year, fourth or fifth in the district and might get a regional first game,” Dickerson said. “But I had never anticipated us being able to be so cohesive so quick.”
Dickerson said he has had a lot of dominant individual players, some of which played with one another. In the last three years, Dickerson and his girls were always one win away from the region finals and advancing to the state tournament.
“But we’ve finally gotten over the hump and never anticipated this with the team,” Dickerson said, adding that what has also been key for their efforts this season are players that come off the bench.
Colonial Beach (18-8) will play Region B Division 1 runner up Altavista in the opening round of the Group A Division 1 Girls State Championship region championship game at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center on March 1 at 7 p.m.
“I’m overjoyed and ecstatic for reaching the tournament…but I just want to make sure we go down there prepared and not lay an egg,” Dickerson said. “I want our girls to understand what we need to do to get it done.”
Should Colonial Beach win, they will play the winner of the Clintwood and Northwood game at Siegel Center on March 7. Game begins at 3 p.m. If Colonial Beach wins again, they will play in the finals on March 8 against Covington, Castlewood, East Rockingham or Charles City. Game begins at 2 p.m.