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Stonewall girls to host Forest Park in regional semi-finals
© Gainesville Times***Updated at 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 20, 2013***
Both of Stonewall Jackson's varsity basketball teams are headed to the Northwest Regional semi-finals on Thursday but only the girls will have home court advantage in a do-or-die game against Forest Park. Meanwhile, the Battlefield boys and Potomac girls are still alive too.
The stakes are high for all teams playing Thursday: the winners earn automatic berths to the Group AAA state tournament and the losers go home.
At 6 p.m. in Manassas, Stonewall's girls are set to take on Cardinal District runner-up Forest Park after both teams won regional quarter-final games on Tuesday. The match-up promises to be a barnburner as the two teams have a storied history of down-to-the-wire, post-season clashes.
Forest Park beat Stonewall in the 2011 and 2009 regional finals by scores of 53 to 51 and 75 to 56, respectively. However, the Raiders won a 71 to 68 overtime thriller in 2007 over the Bruins after Forest Park missed its final of three foul shots with no time left on the clock in regulation.
Stonewall topped Forest Park 65 to 50 on Nov. 29 during the Raiders' home opener this season. It was also Forest Park's first game of the season. The Raiders have won 13 games in a row and 20 of their last 21 games to put their record at 21-3 on the season.
The Bruins enter the semi-finals at 19-7 overall, winners of 11 of their last 13 games, with their only losses coming again Cardinal District champion Potomac. The Panthers, like the Raiders in the Cedar Run District, went undefeated in conference play during the regular season and district tournament. They take on Colonial Forge in their own semi-final match Thursday at 6 p.m. in Stafford.
As for the Raider boys, they are headed to Mountain View High School for a game set to begin at 7 p.m. The two teams last clashed on Dec. 8 in Manassas, when Stonewall held on for a 74 to 71 victory. Diandre Stubbs and JR Washington both put up 19 points in that game while Mustafa Ali added 17.
Also on the road Thursday are the Battlefield boys as they head to George Washington-Danville, a team that eliminated the Bobcats from the regional playoffs in 2008.