Central, Sherando aim for state berths this week

Central's Tamra Scott is fouled by Robert E. Lee's Jesse Bartley, right, during a Region 2A East first round game held Friday night in Woodstock. Central will play at Greensville County on Tuesday in the regional quarters with a state berth on the line. Rich Cooley/Daily

Central and Sherando’s girls basketball teams will try to gain berths in the state tournament this week as regional playoffs kick into gear.

Sherando starts play in the Region 4A West tournament today. The Warriors play at William Fleming at 5:30 p.m. in a first round game.

The Falcons continue play in the Region 2A East tournament Tuesday. Central will play at Greensville County at 7 p.m. in a quarterfinal game.

“I was able to retrieve some game film on Greensville from another coach and from watching the film they look like a very athletic team very similar to us,” Central coach Bryan Scott said. “The film I received showed they played mostly a 2-3 zone and they also played a 3-2 half court trap. The key for us to win is we have to take care of the basketball and not commit dumb unforced turnovers and play team basketball.”

Central beat Robert E. Lee, 56-42, in the first round on Friday. The Falcons had four players in double figures in the victory. A win on Tuesday by the Falcons would give them their second state tournament berth in the last three years. They reached the Group 3A state semifinals in the 2013-14 season.

Sherando's Kathryn Robertson drives between a trio of Millbrook defenders during the Conference 21 West finals held at Millbrook High School Thursday night in Winchester. The Warriors play at William Fleming on Monday in a Region 4A West first round game. Rich Cooley/Daily

Scott said early in the season he asked each of his players to go home and think about what their individual and team goals were. He said before the Robert E. Lee game on Friday he went around to each player and asked them what their team goals were.

“The unanimous answer was to go to states or to win states,” Scott said. “So then I had each player from the 2013-2014 team that reached the state semifinals tell the other players what it felt like playing in that game. So hopefully we can go down to Greensville High School Tuesday and play some tough defense and come away with a win, and get back to the state tournament and accomplish our team goal.”

Sherando (17-8) is playing in regionals for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

“It’s going to be a new experience for us,” Sherando coach Mike Marsh said. “We’re as excited as we could be. The girls are just thrilled that we have this opportunity. We want to make the most of it.”

The Warriors advanced to regionals with a 52-38 win over Woodgrove in the Conference 21 West semifinals. They fell short, but put up a battle against top-seeded Millbrook in the conference finals.

Marsh said that everything starts on the defensive end for his squad.

“We’ll try to get a good game plan together, and just go down and try to execute a good game plan,” Marsh said. “We want to make sure we’re efficient offensively. …If we can build a good defensive game plan where we can stop their scorers and make them work hard on offense then we always have a shot.”

Randolph-Macon Academy will play in the Delaney Athletic Conference tournament in both boys and girls basketball.

Shenandoah University will play in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this week. The women start play today and the men on Tuesday.

Shenandoah’s baseball team hosts Misericordia on Saturday in a doubleheader starting at noon, and then Penn St.-Altoona on Sunday at 1 p.m.

James Madison University’s men’s basketball team has two big Colonial Athletic Association games this week. On Thursday, JMU is at Towson University. On Saturday, the Dukes host William & Mary. JMU is tied with both Towson and William & Mary for third place in the CAA.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com