Lady Dukes earn No. 3 seed in JRD

Published 2:00 pm Friday, February 14, 2020

Cumberland County High School’s varsity girls basketball team finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-7, securing the No. 3 seed in the James River District (JRD) Tournament.

Lady Dukes Head Coach Omar Liggins took a moment to evaluate his team’s play over the course of the regular season.

“I think we started off real well,” he said. “I think midway, toward the end of the season, we started playing teams over again, and everybody got better. We struggled a little bit toward the end of the season.”

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Cumberland lost three of its last four games.

“We had some girls catch the flu,” Liggins said.

He was without two starters, sophomore Shamoni Bartee and senior LaTasha Clark-Yates, for three games, and junior Janaia Trent managed to play through illness but was affected by it.

Liggins had everybody back Tuesday, Feb. 11, when the Lady Dukes closed the regular season with a 42-38 home loss to Prince Edward County High School.

He said his team had every opportunity win but missed 10 layups and went 6-for-18 from the free-throw line.

Trent scored 10 points, and senior Nikki Hurt added eight.

The district tournament begins Friday, Feb. 14. No. 3 Cumberland visits No. 2 Amelia County High School Friday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. The title game is set for Saturday, Feb. 15.