After an impressive showing in the competitive Ronald Curry Holiday Classic at the Boo Williams Sportsplex this week, Williamsburg Christian Academy’s girls basketball team is ranked number one in the VISAA Division 3 state poll for the first time in school history.
The Eagles (11-2, 4-0 Metro Conference) cruised past Middleburg Academy 69-30 in Tuesday’s opener, and followed that up with a hard-fought 46-44 victory over Menchville in the semifinals on Wednesday.
Thursday’s championship of the Towne Bank bracket was another tough battle. Jalynn Ponzo scored 10 fourth-quarter points including the game-tying bucket with 10 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Ponzo came up big again in the extra period netting the go-ahead bucket with 35 seconds remaining, and the Eagles hit their foul shots down the stretch to clinch the title. Ponzo finished with 24 points to earn all-tournament honors, while teammate Keyana Brown scored a game-high 25 in being named tournament MVP.
WCA athletic director and girls basketball coach Jon Perkins said the first VISAA boys’ poll of the year won’t be released until January 9, although maxpreps.com has the Eagles’ boys team (9-4, 2-1 Metro Conference) ranked number one in their weekly state poll.
Like the girls, WCA’s boys’ squad also had a big week- they captured the Bishop Sullivan Holiday Tournament with a 58-45 victory over Ocean Lakes Thursday. Eagles’ forward Jake Duncan was named tournament MVP after a season-high 30-point performance in the final, and point guard Deron Powers, who finished with 18 points and seven assists, earned all-tournament honors.
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