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The Stonewall Jackson girls basketball team is headed back to the Northwest Regional finals after following a 68 to 47 win over Forest Park on Thursday night in Manassas during the regional semis. On the same day, the Stonewall boys team came up short in Stafford County during their own regional semi-final match, falling to Mountain View 67 to 59.
Lady Raiders down Bruins 68-47; SJ boys fall to Mountain View
© Gainesville TimesThe Stonewall Jackson girls basketball team is headed back to the Northwest Regional finals following a 68 to 47 win over Forest Park on Thursday night in Manassas during the regional semis.
On the same day, the Stonewall boys team came up short in Stafford County during their own regional semi-final match, falling to Mountain View 67 to 59. Meanwhile, the Battlefield boys pulled out a major upset in Danville by defeating home team George Washington on Thursday night.
For the Raider girls and Bobcat boys, their victories clinched an automatic berth for each team to the Group AAA state tournament regardless of the outcome of Saturday's championship games. This marks the first regional final or state qualifier time ever for any Battlefield basketball team; for Stonewall's girls' team, the team has a chance to pick up where the 2011 squad left off when the Raiders lost during the state finals.
Stonewall is set to face off against Colonial Forge at home in Manassas at 7 p.m. following the Eagles' victory over Potomac. Battlefield will stay on the road, heading to top-seeded Mountain View for the boys' regional finale.
The season is over for the Forest Park and Potomac girls and the Stonewall boys.
As for Thursday night's Raiders' victory, junior forward Nicole Floyd helped Stonewall build a 10-point advantage at halftime by scoring 18 of her 27 overall points during the first two quarters alone.
Forest Park's leading scorer Breyana Mason put up nearly as many points on the night with 24 but did not hit her stride until the second half as Stonewall's defense limited her to six points by the end of the second period.
Stonewall jumped out to an early 10 to 4 lead in the first quarter but Forest Park eventually tied it at 15 to 15 when Annalea Roeske hit the Bruins' lone 3-pointer on the night with a little over 2 minutes to go in the quarter.
Floyd had other plans though, hitting a pair of foul shots to give the Raiders a two-point cushion before the start of the second quarter.
After that, she made all but one of Stonewall's six open-court field goals before halftime and added in four more foul shots too. No one one Forest Park scored more than three points during that time frame, which allowed Stonewall to build up a 32 to 22 lead by the intermission.
While Floyd and Mason led their teams in scoring, Amanda Hinton (15 points) and Rachel Burns (10 points) both put up double-digits in the scorebook for the Raiders too while Sydney Jordan added another eight points.
Check back tomorrow for more updates, including player and coach quotes and a preview of Saturday's regional final.