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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 26, 2020

Charles City Lady Panthers fall to West Point on Senior Night

By Robb Johnson | February 5, 2020 8:10 am
Charles City's Nijah Johnson squares up to the basket on a shot attempt.Robb Johnson photo

Charles City's Nijah Johnson squares up to the basket on a shot attempt.

Robb Johnson photo

For one half, Charles City’s Lady Panthers held tough with Region A’s third-ranked team in the West Point Lady Pointers.

But a second half saw the visiting Lady Pointers use second chance opportunities to pull away from the hosts 44-25 on Senior Night for the Lady Panthers.

Charles City’s Alexis Williams provided the hosts their only lead of the night with a game-opening lay-in. But West Point countered with a 10-2 run, with most of the points courtesy of Keyaira Braxton. Charles City was able to cut the lead to four (10-6) after Naveah Coney’s shot from the wing as both teams transitioned into the second quarter.

A grind-it-out game took place most of the next frame, as West Point’s lead threatened to hit double digits before halftime (19-10). But Williams’ struck again from long distance, cutting the deficit to six before the break.

The second half saw West Point live up to their ranking, as they bolted out to a double-digit lead thanks to additional ball pressure and miscues by the hosts. From there, Charles City only mustered six points for the remainder of the contest.

Charles City Lady Panthers head coach Hailey Holmes said she was proud of her team’s fight in comparison to the first time they faced West Point.

“This was a much better effort tonight then we had at their place,” she said. “We fought through the game and it showed our growth from the beginning of the season.”

Holmes’ first season at the helm concludes with five wins, up two from last year’s total. Three seniors will leave the Lady Panthers varsity squad due to graduation.

“Skye Bradby, Nijah Johnson, and Milla Mantell are special to me,” the head coach added. “They worked so hard through the year. To see their growth and passion is one of the reason programs like ours are heading in the right direction. It’s because of their contributions to get better and I thank them for everything they brought to the table.”

As far as next year goes, Holmes hopes the offseason will be the key to continued success.

“We have to condition and get the basics down,” the head coach said as she wrapped up her interview. “Doing the little things right will be the difference on how far we go next year.”

Williams’ 14 points topped Charles City, who conclude the season with a record of 5-17. Bradby tossed in seven, while the duo of Anija Brown and Naveah Coney chipped in with two apiece.