Lakasia Calloway scored 11 points while T.C. Younger and Jess Antwi had 10 apiece as Charlottesville pulled away from Louisa 48-26 and advance to the semifinals of the girls bracket of the Jefferson District tournament.
The second-seeded Black Knights, who swept the season series with Louisa, won those matchups with a stifling full-court press and this game was no exception as they forced 28 turnovers and turned a tight game into a rout after Louisa had closed the gap in the second half.
The win set up a Monday clash with third-seeded Fluvanna, a three-point winner over Monticello, in the district semifinals.
Charlottesville led 13-8 after one and seemed poised to blow things open in the second quarter as they quickly extended the lead to 15, but the Lions got all six of their second-quarter points from Alexis Miller, who hit two free throws and a trey to pull the Lions to within 23-14 at the half.
“We were struggling to execute on offense,” CHS head coach Jim Daly said. “So I tried to get them to focus in on the defensive effort. I thought in the third quarter we finally got out in transition, and it went from single to double digits in a hurry. I’m proud of the way the girls played tonight.”
Louisa, last year’s district tournament champions, continued to chip away at the lead as Alexis Chapman and then Miller each sank a pair of free throws to open the second-half scoring. Charlottesville then responded by finishing the quarter with a 15-2 run to blow the game open, getting baskets and/or free throws from six different players in the burst.
Essential to the run was Antwi, who finished with seven offensive rebounds. She had a pair of stickbacks during the spurt, while an old-fashioned three-point play from former Lion Carmella Jackson brought the crowd to its feet with under a minute to go in the frame. The Knights led 38-20 after three.
Miller’s nine points led the Lions, while Alexis Chapman chipped in with eight.
The Black Knights, who will host a first round Class 4, Region D game next Friday after the district tournament is done, already have two victories over Fluvanna this season, but Daly knows no matchup with the Flucos is ever easy.
“We talked in the locker room that we’re going to face one of the hardest teams to play, as far as effort goes,” Daly said. “They hustle every single play. We’re gonna have a great team coming to our home court and we’re excited to still be in the tournament.”