McEwen halts Viqueens' season

Sunday, February 26, 2012
Viqueen Kristin Ray glides to the basket in the first quarter of the Region 5-A tournament against McEwen on Friday night. (T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)

McEWEN -- It was a valiant effort Friday night, but Community's Viqueens met their match against host McEwen, who towered over them at virtually every position to dominate the boards and the scoreboard to post a 55-39 win in the Region 5-A tournament.

Community took the early lead on buckets by Katie Leverette and Brittany Leverette, but it was short-lived as the Lady Warriors switched tactics and went into a full court press to create early turnovers and retake the lead. Rachel Wright and point guard Sam Smith combined for nine points to pace a 16-10 advantage after one period.

Change of strategy

The Viqueens reversed the strategy on the hosts to create some havoc on their ball handlers for a quick 3-pointer by senior Brittany Leverette in the second period, but the District 10-A champions made the adjustments after a timeout to gain a 28-16 cushion at the intermission.

Superior size in the paint took over in the second half for the Lady Warriors as shot after shot was rebounded and put back despite an intense effort by the Purple and Gold to reverse the trend.

McEwen took advantage of the second and third opportunities to lead 42-25 after three quarters.

The hole would prove too big for the Viqueens to dig their way out of despite outscoring their opponent in the fourth quarter, led by Brittany Leverette's five-point effort. Brittany finished with 15 points, a season high for her in her final game for Community.

Departing seniors

Hannah Busbee soars for two points for the Viqueens against the Lady Warriors. (T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)

The loss means the Viqueens must bid a fond adieu to seniors Shaina Stacey and Brittany Leverette.

"Brittany and Shaina have been such a big part of our program for the past four years," Viqueen coach Allison Martin said. "Both of these young ladies have been the consummate teammates and their leadership on the court and in the class room is the ultimate definition of the term student athlete.

"They will be missed, but not forgotten. They will always be part of the Viqueen family. We wish them the best in their future endeavors and we want them to know that they will always have our support."

Wright led all scorers with 17 points. Sam Smith added 16.

Brittany Leverette led the Community effort with 15.

MHS (55): Wright 17, S. Smith 16, Karbowiak 8, McMillan 5, R. Smith 4, C. Karbowiak 3, White 2, Hodge, Sliman, Jackson, T. Smith, Hutchinson.

CHS (39): B. Leverette 15, Ray 8, K. Leverette 6, Ensey 4, Demonbreum 2, Stacey 2, Busbee 2.

3-point goals: CHS 4, MHS 2.

Halftime: MHS 28, CHS 16.