IWA’s METRO Tournament moves to Friday

Published 1:55 pm Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Isle of Wight Chargers basketball teams are set to tipoff on Friday in the VISAA METRO Conference Tournament.

The Chargers, No. 8 seed, were set to play No. 9 seed Denbigh Baptist Christian School. However, with the snowy and ice-covered back roads, the play-in game was canceled. So, the Chargers are set to play the No. 1 seeded Atlantic Shores Christian School. The tournament is at Portsmouth Christian School, and tipoff is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. On Saturday, should Isle of Wight win, they have an opportunity at a double header, playing their first game at 10 a.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m.

The Chargers finished the season with a loss on Friday, Feb. 13, at Alliance Christian Academy, 49-42. Bryce Casey led the effort for the Chargers with 16 points, and Adam Webb contributed 10.

The Lady Chargers, meanwhile, are the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. They are still set to face the StoneBridge Lady Cavaliers, who Isle of Wight swept during the regular season. The game will be on Friday at 6 p.m. in Atlantic Shores Christian Academy. Should they win, they will move on to face either No. 2 Atlantic Shores or No. 7 Alliance Christian in the semifinal Saturday morning. The game, also at Atlantic Shores, will be at 11:30 a.m.

The Championship game, should they advance, will move to Portsmouth Christian School, and it would be at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

On Feb. 13, the Lady Chargers won their last regular season game against Alliance Christian, 72-3. Head Coach Chris Hooper said the Lady Falcons, who scored all of their points from the free-throw line, turned the ball over a lot.

Hooper said they were not trying to run the score up, but were passing it around as much as they could.

The second team played the majority of the game, and Meredith Webb’s 18 points off the bench led the team. Gabriella Hooper, on the first team, had 13, while second-teamers McKenzie Terry and Madison Rountree scored 11 and 10, respectively.

What bodes well for the future, Hooper said, is that Webb, who is 6′ 2″, and Rountree worked well together in opening up shots.