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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | February 23, 2019


Smithfield trifectas torch New Kent’s Trojans in 77-50 rout

By Robb Johnson | February 2, 2019 10:04 am
New Kent's Evan Branch (left) battles with Smithfield's Christopher Jacobs (5) in a race to the basketball.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s encounter with the highly-touted Smithfield Packers Friday night unfortunately ended the same way as the first match-up in Smithfield did; with a loss. Using a barrage of three-point shooting, the visiting Packers cruised to a 77-50 rout of the hosting Trojans in the Bay Rivers’ clash. New Kent showed improvement from their earlier match with the Packers, playing competitive enough to remain eight points down (19-11) to the Bay Rivers favorite after the first quarter. However, their issues covering Smithfield sharpshooter Joshua Farmer became an issue. Farmer connected with two of his team’s four trifectas at the start…
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Lady Trojans’ slump continues, Lafayette upends New Kent 52-36

By Robb Johnson | February 1, 2019 12:54 pm
New Kent's Bailee Hellebrandt (24) tries to maneuver through the defensive trio of Lafayette's Taylor Gluber (5), Taylor Thomas (10), and Erica Stringfield (15).Robb Johnson photo

Facing a need to win every game for an opportunity to earn a postseason berth, the schedule for New Kent’s Lady Trojans hasn’t been kind as the team has fallen into a losing slump. The Jan. 31 matchup against Lafayette’s Lady Rams did the hosts no favors. Tough defense by the visiting Lady Rams frustrated New Kent as visiting Lafayette overwhelmed the hosts 52-36 in the Bay Rivers District match-up. The visitors jumped out of the gate early behind the speed and power of Lady Ram Taylor Thomas. Back-to-back lay-ins by Thomas helped the guests start the game on an…
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West Point deals New Kent Lady Trojans fifth loss in six tries

By Robb Johnson | January 31, 2019 9:55 am
New Kent's Jada Hooker (right) battles for a rebound against West Point's Keyaira Braxton (left).Robb Johnson photo

On Jan. 28, West Point Lady Pointers defeated New Kent’s Lady Trojans 45-38 in West Point. On Wednesday, New Kent tried to earn a series split against West Point. Instead, the Lady Trojans saw a near identical result. Inconsistent scoring in the paint along with turnovers doomed New Kent as they fell 45-37 to West Point. New Kent started the contest looking good, breaking the Pointers press and converting shots to lead to a 7-4 advantage. But for the final 4:32 of the first quarter, West Point rallied behind Haley Hagerty’s six points as part of a 12-0 run that…
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Miscues in fourth quarter devastate New Kent’s chance to win

By Robb Johnson | January 29, 2019 7:40 pm
New Kent's Jared McCaughan (35) rises high over Bruton's Andrew McCurdy.Robb Johnson photo

With senior guard Robb Kinder out with an ankle injury, New Kent’s Trojans looked to win its tenth game of the season as they faced a Bruton squad they had defeated earlier in the season. However, a hungry Panthers team that played with more heart and grit emerged as the victors. Bruton’s Panthers conquered New Kent 72-64 in the Bay Rivers contest, putting the Trojans bid for a playoff berth in jeopardy. Using a change of pace to speed up the game on the offensive end, New Kent rallied behind Jared McCaughan’s six points in an 8-0 run that saw…
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Lady Panthers survive comeback scare to win third game of season

By Andre Jones | January 26, 2019 11:01 pm
Colonial Beach’s McKenzie Quail (right) looks for a way to avoid constant defensive pressure from Charles City’s Nijah Johnson (left).Andre' Jones photo

When two rebuilding programs face each other on the hardwood, they rarely encounter situations that places them in unfamiliar territory. For Charles City’s Lady Panthers, junior guard Nijah Johnson’s only point of the night came at the right moment. Johnson’s free throw at the front end of the bonus situation helped the Lady Panthers stave off Colonial Beach’s Lady Drifters 38-34 in Saturday night’s contest. Both teams struggled early on, with the free throw line becoming the main adversary for each one. With Charles City’s three for 10 and Colonial Beach’s six for 18 in the first half, neither team…
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Grafton’s press frustrates Lady Trojans in Bay Rivers contest

By Robb Johnson | January 26, 2019 1:06 am
New Kent’s Haley Hyndshaw powers through the contact of Grafton’s Ziarra America on a drive to the basket.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent’s Lady Trojans searched for a win to boost their record in the standards in a last effort push to make the playoffs. However, an offensive rebound barrage provided second chance opportunities that the visiting Lady Islanders from Poquoson did not squander. The inability to remain mentally focused factored in New Kent’s 46-31 defeat in Friday night basketball action. Grafton’s press overwhelmed the host early on, leading to traps in the backcourt and reckless turnovers. And when the Lady Trojans were not turning the ball over, boxing out members of Grafton’s team became a chore. Lady Clipper Nikki Gibson…
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Silver medals at Monument Classic

By Community Member | January 26, 2019 12:32 am
New Kent Coyotes 15U volleyball team placed second in the Monument City Classic over the Martin Luther King weekend. The team finished as silver medalists of a 32-team tournament that hosted teams from up and down the east coast. Team members are (front, l to r) Lauren Vick, Morgan Berg, Andrea Sorensen, Haley Baker, Aubrey Hyndshaw, (back, l to r), Coaches Matt and Anna Lambert, Jaiden McCoy, Julia Hathaway, Shelby Savage, Darian Mason, Logan McKenney, and Coaches Cyndi and Stuart Burnett.

New Kent shuts out Lady Panthers in first quarter, sweeps season series with 55-15 win

By Robb Johnson | January 23, 2019 11:04 pm
Charles City's Skye Bradby (left) searches for an opening to shoot the ball as New Kent's Bailee Hellebrandt (24) applies defensive pressure.Robb Johnson photo

Riding into the Jan. 23 contest with two consecutive wins, Charles City’s Lady Panthers entered New Kent’s gymnasium looking for a measure of revenge against the hosting Lady Trojans. However, a hostile environment along with physical play by New Kent made the task too much for the visitors. New Kent cruised to a 55-15 win over Charles City, completing the season sweep once again for the second consecutive year. Charles City’s aggressive nature early on resulted in New Kent’s Bailee Hellebrandt saddled with two quick fouls. However, Lady Panther Jaelah Wyatt couldn’t sank the free throws and the scoreboard remained…
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Strong third quarter vital in New Kent defeating West Point

By Robb Johnson | January 20, 2019 12:21 pm
New Kent's Robb Kinder (right) drives through contact created by West Point's Ethan Hoffman.Robb Johnson photo

Sitting on an 8-8 record for the season, New Kent’s Trojans looked to break the .500 barrier as rival West Point challenged them Saturday night. It took a while, but a dozen-point scoring advantage put up by the Trojans against the visitors’ zone in the third quarter provided enough distance for the win. New Kent outscored West Point 23-11 in the frame after the halftime break and emerged as 57-47 winners in the contest. Trojan head coach Ronnie Cox elected to bench his usual starters at the beginning of the game. However, poor play on both ends by both teams…
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Late turnover, foul in final seconds lift King & Queen to win over Charles City

By Andre Jones | January 19, 2019 1:19 am
Charles City's DelMonta Johnson (4) escapes the pursuit by King & Queen's Lamont Robinson.Andre' Jones photo

Charles City Panthers head coach Terrell Brooks said that his team had ample opportunities to win Friday night’s Winter homecoming match-up against King & Queen. But for most fans, it will be the last 3.4 seconds of the contest that will linger in the back of their minds. An errant entry pass on an inbound that resulted in a foul allowed D’Andre Hill to sank two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining as King & Queen’s Tigers escaped with a 60-58 victory over the Panthers, spoiling the festivities. After defeating Charles City 79-62 the night before on their home floor,…
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