Lady Dukes fall in regional consolation game, hold No. 4 state seed

Published 8:59 pm Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cumberland High School’s varsity girls basketball team lost 61-42 Saturday afternoon to visiting Riverheads High School in the Region 1A East tournament consolation game, which means the Lady Dukes will hold the No. 4 seed in next week’s state tournament.

The Virginia High School League Group 1A state quarterfinal for Cumberland will take place 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Virginia High School in Bristol, with the Lady Dukes facing the Region 1A West champion, George Wythe High School of Wytheville.

Saturday’s contest for Cumberland, seeded third in the region, came less than 24 hours after it had battled the talented No. 7 Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in the 1A East semifinals, resulting in a 49-26 loss for the host Lady Dukes.

“I think last night’s game got us a little tired,” Cumberland Head Coach Omar Liggins said after Saturday’s contest against the Lady Gladiators. “We came out, and we missed a lot of shots. They took advantage of those missed shots, they took advantage of our turnovers, and once again, that was another good team, very polished team, under control, just well-skilled team that we played today.”

Senior forward Bria Anderson led the Lady Dukes with 19 points, adding six rebounds, six steals, two blocks and two assists. Senior guard Angel Parran had 11 points, and senior center Tayziana Booker contributed six points, nine rebounds and five blocks.

“With us winning the conference, making it to the regionals for the first time, making it to the state, I think our adrenaline just overtook a lot of our girls, and I just think it’s starting to wear on us a little bit,” Liggins said. “So, I’m hoping they rest up for the weekend, we come back in Monday, Tuesday, get a good practice, head up to Bristol on Wednesday, and hopefully we can shock a couple teams while we’re up there.”

He said he plans to work with his players on a variety of things in practice, including rebounding.

“We’re going to work on some things offensively as far as moving more without the ball, moving the ball a little quicker,” he said. “And then, defensively, we’ve definitely got to work on switching on screens or getting through the screen, because as we saw (today), it’s pretty much what we’re going to start seeing up there — a lot of screening, a lot of backdooring.”