Mt. Vernon gives Lady Bulldogs first loss
Published 5:45 pm Friday, December 30, 2011
HAMPTON — King’s Fork’s girls basketball team left its undefeated record behind on the last night of the Ronald Curry Christmas Classic thanks to Northern Virginia guest Mount Vernon pressing, trapping and shooting its way to an easy 67-46 victory in the championship game Thursday night.
While a perfect record, which was 8-0 for the Lady Bulldogs, is really nice, hopefully for King’s Fork the experience gained going up against such an opponent will be valuable for the rest of the season still to play.
After the Lady Bulldogs gained a 3-0 lead in the first two minutes, Mt. Vernon, from Alexandria, blitzed King’s Fork with the next 14 points.
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In some stretches, the Lady Majors kept KF from advancing the ball past midcourt for three or four straight possessions. Mt. Vernon forced 34 Lady Bulldog turnovers for the night.
Mt. Vernon missed its first seven three-point shots before heating up from there later in the first quarter and that’s when the Lady Major lead grew in a big hurry. Mt. Vernon led 25-9 after the first quarter.
King’s Fork settled in a little in the second period. KF found center Khadedra Croker inside a few times. Croker, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, scored a hoop inside followed by a 1-for-2 trip to the line on the next KF trip, bringing KF within 32-18.
Five very quick Mt. Vernon points, with a three-pointer followed immediately by a steal and lay-up, canceled any Lady Bulldog momentum. Mt. Vernon led 43-21 at halftime. Croker led King’s Fork with 13 points in the half.
With Mt. Vernon calling off most of its defensive pressure, the Lady Bulldogs cut a 27-point Lady Major lead down to 17 points during the fourth quarter. King’s Fork won the fourth quarter 17-11.
Croker finished with a triple-double of 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks. Brittany Alston, Shanell Pope and Delisia Sharpe scored five points each.
The Lady Bulldogs go back into Southeastern District play with a showdown for first place at Grassfield on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Grizzlies sport 6-0 district records to be two games ahead of Nansemond River and Western Branch, both at 4-2.
The Lady Bulldogs in the Ronald Curry Christmas Classic
at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, Hampton
King’s Fork 44, Booker T. Washington 36
King’s Fork 60, Hampton 57
Mount Vernon 67, King’s Fork 46
– The Lady Bulldogs are 8-1 overall and will play at Grassfield Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.