Local teams in the Big Dance

Published 11:51 am Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FRANKLIN—Several local teams in the Franklin area are preparing to play in conference tournaments that will be opening this week.

Lady Bronco Head Coach Mona Sumblin is excited about her team being able to play in the conference tournament.

“Although we didn’t win any games this year this has been a teaching and learning year for our young athletes,” remarked Coach Sumblin. “We have played hard all year and I am very proud of the progress that we have made.”

The Lady Broncos will be playing their first round game today against the Northampton High School Yellowjackets at Northampton High School.

The Broncos will open up on Friday. Head Coach Danny Dillon said that his team was the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, and would play the winner of Sussex and Chincoteague on Friday at 6.

The Tidewater Academy Warriors finished the season with and overall record of 18-7 and a conference record of 9-5.

Warrior Head Coach Walter Westbrook feels that the Warriors have been playing their best basketball since the month of December. Even last week as they were 1-4 in play, they were playing some of the top teams in their conference. For the tournament, the Warriors will be up against Richmond Christian today at 7 p.m. at home.

The Southampton Academy Raiders finished the season 13–7 overall and 8-5 in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference. Head Coach Jim Tribbett feels good about the upcoming tournament as they will be playing their first round on today at 7 p.m. against Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot. He remarked that the Warriors had defeated this team in play this month by a score of 68-57.

He added that cancelled games due to the snow had some effect on the final play and standings of teams in the conference.

Southampton Indians Athletics Director Tim Mason said that the conference tournament started on Tuesday night, and the Indians would be in action again on Thursday, the girls playing at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m. Neither coach in Windsor could be reached.