IWA defeats StoneBridge 53-47

Published 5:30 am Wednesday, February 6, 2019



William Fricke scored 14 points to lead Isle of Wight Academy as the Chargers walloped StoneBridge, 53-47, here on Friday.

The Cavaliers’ Noah Fesl had 16 points and was the only StoneBridge player in double figures.

IWA jumped out to an early lead, 18-13, in the first quarter on the strength of seven of Russ Wells’ nine points on the night.

The Chargers (11-9, 6-3 Metro Athletic Conference) matched each of three Stonebridge second-quarter field goals with two of their own to take a 31-17 halftime lead. The Cavaliers got as close as 12 points in the third when Emani Langley’s two foul shots made the score 37-25 with 2:08 left in the period.

But IWA outscored StoneBridge 16-4 over the next 7 minutes, stretching into the fourth quarter, to keep the home team in check.

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Kivinie Johnson’s two foul shots with 10.5 seconds left sealed the win for Williamsburg Christian as they pushed past Isle of Wight 59-58 here on Jan. 29.

Colby Williams’ 3-pointer with 2.4 ticks left closed it to within a point. IWA attempted to push the ball up court with fewer than 2 seconds remaining, but couldn’t get off a shot.

The Chargers had been bidding to defeat Williamsburg twice in a season for the first time since 2010. IWA topped Williamsburg 68-61 on Dec. 14.

WCA increased its record to five games above .500 at 8-13, 6-4 in the Metro Conference.

IWA led 16-13 after a period and 31-29 at halftime. A 9-point Eagles spurt in the third quarter put the Chargers behind, 43-39, with 3:08 left in that period. They would tie it again at 43 on a field goal by Grant Worthy with 1:30 left in the period, and twice more in the fourth quarter — at 51 and 53.

IWA led briefly, 55-53, when Worthy made a field goal, got fouled but missed the ensuing foul shot with 1:03 to go. Williamsburg rattled off the next six points to take a 59-58 lead with 10.5 seconds remaining, setting the stage for Williams near-heroic heave.

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Worthy continues his pursuit of the Metro Conference scoring crown. He remained in second place, ahead of Fesl by a full point per game, 16.7-15.7, in last week’s scoring rankings. Things could become jumbled this week, due to Worthy’s 1-point outing on Friday versus StoneBridge, a game in which Fesl scored 16.

IWA returned to the court on Tuesday toavenge a close loss to Hampton Christian in their 7 p.m. tip against the Warriors. Denbigh Baptist visits the Chargers on Thursday for Senior Night festivities; IWA faces Atlantic Shores for the first time this season when the two teams meet in Jester Gymnasium.

JAMES J. LIDINGTON is a teacher at Isle of Wight Academy. He can be reached at 357-3866.