Saturday, December 29, 2007

Yorktown wins Bookjammin' Girls Hoops

The Yorktown Patriots won the Bookjammin' High School Girls Basketball Tournament with a thrilling victory over the surging Flint Hill Huskies yesterday night at Marshall High School. The Patriots were up by 13 right near the end of the 3'rd quarter, but the Huskies pulled within two points with only 1:17 to go in the game. The Patriots stiffened their defense, two good Huskies' shots failed to drop, and the Patriots' junior guard LaNia Charity converted a clutch free throw to give the Patriots the win, 47-44.

The Centreville Wildcats took third in the girls tournament with a 55-44 victory over the Langley Lady Saxons. Elected to the tournament all-star team were Potomac senior Lynetta Kizer, Robinson sophomore Samatha Partonen, Centreville senior Chelsea Dunn, Langley freshman Audrey Dotson, Flint Hill senior Michelle Ketcham, and Yorktown junior LaNia Charity. Tournament MVP was Yorktown senior Billee Ripy. Marshall High School won the Sportsmanship Award.

Additional 2007 Bookjammin' high school girls game results: In the first round, Langley defeated Robinson, 53-48; Flint Hill defeated Jefferson, 58-23; Centreville defeated Potomac, 68-50; Yorktown defeated Marshall, 71-28. In the semifinals, Flint Hill over Langley, 59-45; Yorktown over Centerville, 55-51. In consolation play, Robinson beat Jefferson, 63-46, and Potomac beat Marshall, 73-55.

The Cardinal Basketball Officials Association (CBOA) sponsors the Annual Bookjammin' Hoops Basketball Tournament. Eight girls' teams and four boys' teams participated in the tournament. All proceeds from the tournament are used to award scholarships to students who participate in basketball as a player, trainer, or cheerleader and who achieve academic excellence. Recipients of Bookjammin' Hoops Scholarships in 2006 were Alex Harper, Chantilly High School; Christine Reardon, Robert E. Lee High School; and Brent McDaniel, Stone Bridge High School

The Bookjammin' Hoops Tournament depends on volunteers and supporters. Local business, especially Platinum Sponsor Brion's Grille, contributed to the Bookjammin' Scholarship Fund. Rogers Harrison, a CBOA volunteer, directed the tournament. All the officials were unpaid volunteers. Appreciation is also due to the many fans who came to the game and cheered the players on. Knowledgeable fans also repeatedly recognized the excellent work of the highly skilled officials.

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