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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | December 15, 2017

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New Kent squanders early lead, falls to Lafayette in overtime

By Robb Johnson | December 14, 2017 11:25 pm
New Kent's Haley Hyndshaw (left) drives to the hoop against Lafayette's Taylor Thomas.Robb Johnson photo

Trying to erase an unimpressive performance a few days earlier, New Kent’s Lady Trojans locked horns with the visiting Lafayette Lady Rams in a Dec. 14 matchup. And while the Lady Trojans played their hearts out, they would see an early advantage evaporate that allowed Lafayette to escape with a win in overtime. New Kent fell 50-46 to the visiting Lady Rams in a back-and-forth affair that saw runs from both teams. Early on, New Kent administered a strong defensive tactic to hold Lafayette without a field goal in the first half. Meanwhile, Lady Trojan Jada Hooker scored five of…
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Lackluster effort by New Kent factors in loss to Lady Clippers

By Robb Johnson | December 12, 2017 11:08 pm
New Kent’s Brynne Jones (left) battles for a rebound under the basket against Grafton’s Kierson Tavares and Maya Hasenfang.Robb Johnson photo

It’s rare when New Kent Lady Trojans come into a contest as the favorite. That’s what happened Tuesday night when they welcomed the visiting Grafton Lady Clippers on Dec. 12. But records mean nothing on the hardwood as Grafton earned its second win of the season, downing New Kent 47-34 in the Bay Rivers District clash. The visitors grabbed the lead out the gate, with a Nijah Green to Nia Chisolm assist. Chisolm used a dribble drive for a close range conversion, as teammate Kierson Tavares sank two from the charity stripe to help Grafton take a 6-2 lead. New…
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Southampton eclipses century mark in rout of Panthers

By Robb Johnson | December 12, 2017 8:10 am
Charles City’s Justis Crawley (with ball) tries to create separation against Southampton’s Shamon Reid-Wilkerson.Robb Johnson photo

After suffering a season opening loss at Southampton, Charles City looked to extract a measure of revenge. For one half, it looked like the hosts Panthers were going to do that. But a switch in defenses by the visiting Indians resulted in Charles City being outscored 57-22 in the second half as Southampton rolled to a 101-55 thumping in the Dec. 11 contest. The Indians jumped out to a 12-7 advantage in the first quarter before Charles City found offensive momentum. Consecutive lay-ins by Justis Crawley, Cameron Vaden, and Cameron Johnson provided the hosts with their first lead of the…
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Foul troubles plague Charles City’s quest for first win

By Robb Johnson | December 12, 2017 7:15 am
Charles City’s Skye Bradby (3) weaves in and out of traffic while avoiding a pursuit by Southampton’s Ashawnti Williams.Robb Johnson photo

Charles City’s Lady Panthers continue to experience growing pains. This time, it was from too much aggression. The visiting Southampton Lady Indians attempted 29 first half free throws, enabling them to outdistance themselves from the home-standing Lady Panthers 52-19 in Monday night’s non-district clash. After a Ja’Maya Hunt layup was made to put the visitors ahead, Lady Panther Alexis Williams sank two free throw attempts to knot the game up early. A stalemate ensued before Hunt converted a free throw at the line. Jordyn Greene’s basket propelled Southampton to a 9-1 run to end the first quarter. Charles City’s offense…
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Lancaster builds big lead as Lady Panthers drop contest

By Andre Jones | December 8, 2017 12:58 am
Charles City’s Alexis Williams (left) tries to get a good look at the basket against Lancaster’s Shaniyah Thompson.Andre' Jones photo

Charles City’s Lady Panthers found some offensive continuity in the second half of a Dec. 7 matchup against the visiting Lancaster Lady Red Devils. But by the time things started to click for the hosts, Lancaster had easily distanced themselves in the contest. The Lady Red Devils started the contest with 22 unanswered points as they cruised to a 65-28 victory over Charles City. Problems from the opening tip were eminent, as the Lady Panthers faced a triple whammy by being undersized, inexperienced, and young. Then there was Lady Red Devil Skylar Sawyer, who scored 12 of her team’s first…
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Poquoson duo, three-pointers enough to defeat New Kent

By Robb Johnson | December 6, 2017 1:08 am
New Kent’s Madison Foley (right) uses her maneuverability to avoid a steal attempt by Poquoson’s Madi Long.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s Lady Trojans last hardwood encounter with Poquoson’s Lady Islanders occurred on Senior Night, a contest that saw the visitors escape with a 42-39 victory over the Lady Trojans. Tuesday night’s matchup with the same two teams also provided a competitive contest, but resulted in another win for the visitors. The Poquoson duo of Hope Jennings and Sandra Fan combined for 43 points as the Lady Islanders edged New Kent 55-49. Poquoson struck first as Avery Pinder’s three and a Jennings steal and lay-in bolted the visitors out to a 5-0 lead. New Kent’s Brynne Jones converted a traditional…
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Lady Trojans stop Charles City with defense, roll to 75-19 win

By Robb Johnson | December 5, 2017 1:59 am
New Kent’s Kayla Tirrado (34) squeezes her way underneath the basket to get a shot attempt off against Charles City’s Kailin Holland (25).Robb Johnson photo

When it comes to rivalry games, it usually doesn’t get any better when the Charles City Lady Panthers and New Kent Lady Trojans collide. In theory, Monday’s Dec. 4 contest was expected to bring intensity and passion. Instead, it saw the host Lady Trojans put on a clinic against the youthful Charles City squad. New Kent scored the first 24 points and held Charles City without a field goal in the first half in a 75-19 shellacking. New Kent came out early, taking the lead for good after Brynne Jones sank two free throws. Miscues by the Lady Panthers resulted…
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New Kent survives comeback scare, escapes Charles City with win

By Andre Jones | December 2, 2017 11:28 pm
New Kent’s Zach Manley (2) beats a double-team attempt by Charles City’s Christian Stewart (left) and Davon Johnson (right) to score the opening basket of the second half.Andre' Jones photo

After the opening minutes of the third quarter, New Kent’s Trojans held a 23-point advantage over the hosting Charles City Panthers in Saturday’s night contest in what appeared to be a runaway matchup. But in a rivalry game between these two foes, nothing is ever a sure conclusion until the final buzzer goes off. But the visiting Trojans survived two furious rallies from the Panthers, scoring their last 20 points from the free throw line and enabling them to escape Charles City with a 79-68 win and enter the win column for the first time this year. After the Panthers…
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Bruton’s size, experience too much for Trojans to handle

By Robb Johnson | December 2, 2017 11:29 am
New Kent’s Ryan Curle (right) drives by Bruton defender Raekwon Bartlett for a rare easy basket on the night for the Trojans.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent Trojans entered their Dec. 1 clash with a team that been hit with graduation and the transfer bug. The inexperience and size disadvantage showed as the hosts fell 74-45 to the visiting Bruton Panthers. A lay-in by Trojan guard Ben Housden at the beginning of the game accounted for the hosts only lead of the game at 2-0. From there, the Panthers’ size and mass dominated the remainder of the frame. Utilizing a 2-2-1 press, the visitors forced New Kent into six first quarter turnovers, jumping out to an 18-8 lead. Mixing a blend of its press and…
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Plague of turnovers factor in Lady Trojans’ loss in opener

By Robb Johnson | November 29, 2017 12:49 am
New Kent’s Peyton Slater (left) applies pressure defense to prevent any advancement down the court by Tabb’s Danielle Bennett.Robb Johnson photo

After a five-win campaign last year, New Kent’s Lady Trojans came into their Nov. 28 season opener looking to improve on last year’s progress. However, the visiting Lady Tigers of Tabb had other plans. Tabb’s press played a significant role in New Kent’s 32 turnovers, as the Lady Tigers topped the home-standing Lady Trojans 51-26. New Kent’s aggressive first quarter allowed the hosts to remain in the contest early. But fouls plagued the Lady Trojans, as Tabb sank three of six attempts in the first quarter to take an 11-5 lead in the first. Things didn’t get better afterwards for…
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