Suffolk schools back in action

Published 9:28 pm Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Suffolk Public Schools basketball teams are getting back to action on the court with exams week coming to an end.

To be a successful student-athlete, the classroom has to come first. There are rarely any athletic events scheduled until the end of exam week, giving teams sort of a week off. It could mess with the momentum of certain teams, but coaches and players know what’s important when it comes to academics.

All boys’ basketball teams will be in action this Friday, with King’s Fork High School looking to complete the season sweep against Grassfield High School. Nansemond River High School and Lakeland High School will likely be in two of the best games of the weekend.

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Nansemond River will take on Oscar Smith High School as they look for redemption after their first loss. This time around, the Warriors will be hosting. Lakeland will be taking on Western Branch High School in a matchup that will display some of the best talent in the South Hampton Roads area.

At this point of the season, Suffolk boys’ basketball teams are in a good place. The Bulldogs, Cavs and Warriors have all won four of their last five games. King’s Fork leads the way with a 13-3 record for the season, while Nansemond River holds a 9-6 record and Lakeland owns a 12-4 record.

On the girls’ side of things, Nylah Young will see if she can keep up her 20-plus-point streak for King’s Fork against Grassfield.

In Nansemond River’s last meeting with Oscar Smith, the Lady Warriors took a 64-56 loss. They will look to avenge that this Friday.

Western Branch is talented, but Lakeland is young and scrappy and will always give a team its best shot. Even though the Lady Warriors and Lady Cavs aren’t having success from a win-loss perspective, their players are continuing to make development throughout these games.

Nansemond River will be the only boys’ team at home Friday night while the other two are on the road. The Lady Warriors will be the only girls’ team on the road Friday night. All games start at 7 p.m.