Springers Jalen Gathers (24) and Chiefs' Linden Madison (22) during semifinal action in the TDIT Tournament at Hanover High School, Thursday, December 19, 2018

Fourth-ranked Monacan, young and inexperienced, defeated a mirror-image Highland Springs team, ranked No. 6, in a game highlighted by scrappy, pressure defenses that created turnover after turnover and plenty of missed shots. It took an exciting finish to regulation and an overtime for the Chiefs to prevail 59-53.

The Trinity Titans meet Monacan in Friday’s championship game, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Hanover High.

Monacan led at the half Thursday, but scored just 4 points in the third quarter and entered the final stanza down 33-31 as the result of Kymaya Williams’ 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Chiefs regained the lead with a 7-1 run to open the fourth and led 44-40 with 20 seconds remaining in regulation. Jalen Gathers nailed a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 1 point before Kaira Winston sank 1 of 2 free throws to give Monacan a 45-43 lead.

The Springers’ Williams banked home a follow shot with less than a second left and was fouled, but she missed the free throw that would have given Highland Springs the victory.

The Chiefs outscored the Springers 14-8 in overtime. Freshman post player Linden Madison contributed two of Monacan’s biggest buckets and a key rebound down the stretch.

How was it down the stretch?

“Stressful,” Madison said. “Going into overtime gets to you, but you have to keep your calm. I was thinking about going up strong the entire time, which came in handy. All the little stuff kind of plays into being able to finish.”

Jordan Hodges paced Monacan with 24 points. Lena Lee contributed 13.

Sydney Boone scored 16 points to lead Highland Springs. Williams and Kiaa Boyd added 11 each.

“Most teams aren’t going to press Highland Springs and we just stayed in their face,” Monacan coach Larry Starr said. “We made a lot of mistakes but I was really happy with our intensity. We don’t have any seniors. They just busted their butts the whole time.”

HIGHLAND SPRINGS (4-2) — Sydney Boone 16, Jalen Gathers 6, India Dailey 6, Lucy Bassett 3, Kiaa Boyd 11, Kimaya Williams 11.

MONACAN (4-1) — Jordan Hodges 24, Lena Lee 13, Nation Wilson 4, Kaira Winston 8, Nicole Davis 2, Linden Madison 8.

Highland Springs 12 9 12 12 — 53

Monacan 15 12 4 14 — 59

3-point goals: — HS: Jalen Gathers 1, Kimaya Williams 1 MON: Jordan Hodges 3, Lena Lee 1, Nation Wilson 1.

Boys schedule

Wednesday’s first round

  • Huguenot 88, Trinity Episcopal 85
  • Armstrong 68, St. Christopher’s 62
  • Collegiate 55, Douglas Freeman 53
  • Highland Springs 73, George Wythe 43

Thursday’s second round at Hanover High

  • Trinity Episcopal 55, St. Christopher’s 48
  • Douglas Freeman 71, George Wythe 55
  • Huguenot 75, Armstrong 60
  • Collegiate 60, Highland Springs 55

Friday’s final round at Hanover

  • Seventh place: St. Christopher's vs. George Wythe, 10:30 a.m.
  • Fifth place: Douglas Freeman vs. Trinity Episcopal, 1:30 p.m.
  • Third place: Armstrong vs. Highland Springs, 5
  • Championship: Collegiate vs. Huguenot, 8:30

Girls schedule

Wednesday’s first round

  • Trinity Episcopal 66, Hanover 27
  • Cosby 93, Hermitage 27
  • Monacan 72, Varina 48
  • Highland Springs 54, Steward 25

Thursday’s second round at Hanover High

  • Hanover 61, Hermitage 39
  • Varina 53, Steward 38
  • Trinity Episcopal 76, Cosby 64
  • Monacan 59, Highland Springs 53 (OT)

Friday’s final round at Hanover

  • Seventh place: Hermitage vs. Steward, 9 a.m.
  • Fifth place: Hanover vs. Varina, noon
  • Third place: Cosby vs. Highland Springs, 3:30 p.m.
  • Championship: Trinity Episcopal vs. Monacan, 6:30


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