Drifters end season in heartbreaker
One of Colonial Beach’s worst shooting nights came at the most inopportune time in the state quarterfinals. As a result of shooting of shooting 29 percent from the field, Colonial Beach found their hopes of advancing to the next round over.
Altavista’s Kayla Lee tries to find space to get to the basket, but is denied by Colonial Beach’s Billie Gould.
On March 1, the season for the Colonial Beach Girls Basketball Team fell to Region B runner up Altavista 56-36 in the opening round of the Group A Division 1 State Tournament in Richmond. Colonial Beach’s Caneishia Fulcher led the Lady Drifters scoring 12 points to go along with five rebounds.
Coloninal Beach struggled shooting the ball last Friday at the Siegel Center in Richmond. As a team, they shot 25 percent from the free throw line, 29.1 percent the field and 10.5 percent from the three point arc.
Karley Inscoe, who was one of the team’s leading scorers this season, scored only three points at the end of the night.
“It was different having everyone watch me and knowing I have to score ,” said Inscoe.
Billie Gould was the team’s second leading scorer with 11 points and seven rebounds followed by Deniya Newmn with six, and Megan Seaman and McKenzie Conway with two points each.
Head Coach Keith Dickerson said his girls had never been on such a big stage to perform. He attributed nerves as a factor for the team’s loss along with Altavista’s performance.
“It’s tough. Real tough loss. We knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Dickerson. “They were prepared, knew who they needed to stop and it did a good job at it.”
Altavista coach Debra Spencer said before coming into the quarterfinals, she was aware of Colonial Beach’s shooting performance.
“Having seen their season stats, they were very good shooters,” said Spencer. “They probably didn’t shoot the ball as well as they do, but we were able to benefit from that.”
Altavista’s Sydney Morris scored a game high 27 points. They were also assisted by several trips to the foul line knocking down 16-26 compared to Colonial Beach 2-8. Still Dickerson said his girls turned the ball over too many times and the wrong time. Colonial Beach had 25 compared to Altavista with 21.
“Our girls played hard,” Dickerson said. “Even though they might make a ton of mistakes they do play hard and I thank them for that.”
Inscoe and Fulcher are among six players that will be lost by Dickerson after this season. Freshman Megan Seaman will be leaving after the school year following family to Luray.
“I feel upset, but I feel like we worked hard to get this far and should feel proud that we got to play this game,” said Fulcher.