The Henrico Warriors boys and the Highland Springs girls will play for 5A State Basketball Championships on Friday afternoon at the Siegel Center.
Behind a gutsy performance by Bri Justice, hurt in the 5A South Regional Final Wednesday night, Highland Springs eliminated 5A North champion Thomas Edison (Alexandria) 70-60 to earn a spot in the Girls 5A title game at 12 Noon.
Ryan Pearson went 8-for-8 at the free throw line, Monte Buckingham 7-for-10 as Henrico took advantage of late opportunities at the charity stripe to put away Wakefield 63-55. The Warriors will play for their 2nd consecutive state crown, winners of the final "Group AAA" title in 2013, at 2pm Friday against the winner of Maury/Potomac, being played tonight in Norfolk. Henrico lost to Maury in the 5A South Region final last Wednesday, and fell in overtime to Potomac December 28th in the finals of their Henrico Hoops Holiday Classic, in a game broadcast exclusively on HCS Media Network.
The Glen Allen boys fell short in their quest for a trip to the 4A State Finals, allowing a 10-0 John Handley run to end the game, as a 54-51 4th quarter deficit turned into a 64-51 final. The season ends for the Jaguars in their first state tournament appearance in only their fourth year of existence, at 17-11, an impressive postseason run considering they began play over two weeks ago in the Conference 20 Tournament as only the #3 seed behind Hanover and Midlothian. They defeated both of them to claim the Conference Tournament championship.