­Isle of Wight Academy falls to Walsingham Academy

Published 10:02 am Wednesday, December 13, 2017

by James J. Lidington

Grant Worthy scored 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers, as Isle of Wight Academy fell to a powerful Walsingham Academy squad, 75-33, in Williamsburg on Dec. 5.

The Trojans (4-1) were paced by Sam Jones, who scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter, when his team raced out to a 26-11 lead. Teammate Marcus Banks also scored 19, including 10 in the third quarter, which Walsingham claimed 21-8.

The Chargers’ (0-3) best chance came in the second quarter, which they lost by 6, 17-11. IWA’s Colby Williams led his team with a pair of field goals in that period.

Worthy’s performance cemented his place among the Metro Athletic Conference’s top scorers. In two contests this season, Worthy is averaging 13.5 points per game.

In early returns, Walsingham is the 27th-ranked private school team in Virginia, according to Maxpreps, and the fourth-best team in Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Div. II.

The game was the first meeting between the two teams since 2011 and wrapped a string of non-conference games on the Chargers’ schedule. They were scheduled to play Metro Athletic Conference opponent Hampton Christian on Tuesday and Friday versus Portsmouth Christian. Both games are at Jester Gymnasium. IWA also was scheduled to host Kenston Forest on Monday.

IWA is also scheduled to play in the Peninsula Catholic Holiday Classic tournament Dec. 27-29.