Bulldogs headed to Bull Run title game after 68-44 win over Central

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By Randy Arrington

LURAY, Feb . 16 — The Luray High School girls basketball team is headed to the Bull Run District championship on Friday, after a 68-44 win over Central of Woodstock in Wednesday’s semifinal.

Luray senior Emilee Weakley once again lead the way with a game-high 31 points, including a 10-for-12 effort at the free throw line. Senior Amber Tharpe started slow from beyond the arc, missing her first five shots — but the senior didn’t stop shooting the long ball and ended the night with 12 points on four three-pointers. Junior Jaidyn McClung posted 11 points on the night, while senior Lexi Vile added six.

The fourth-seeded Falcons hung tough in the opening quarter, only trailing 14-10 at the end of the first. Central sophomore Makenna Painter put up six points in the first, including 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.

After making only four field goals in the first, the Bulldogs caught some traction midway through the second period and went on a 15-3 run at one point. Luray carried a 34-22 lead into the half.

The Falcons could only muster three shots in the third, as the Bulldogs outscored them 28-8 over those eight minutes. Through the first three quarters, the Luray defense created most of Central’s 22 turnovers (10 in the first quarter). The No. 1 seed lead 62-30 heading into the fourth quarter and the starters were headed to the bench as they cruised to a 24-point victory.

The Falcons were lead by senior guard Emma Eberly with 16 points, followed by Painter with nine. With the loss, Central (10-8, 15-9) now awaits its seeding for next week’s Region B tournament, which kicks off on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

With the win, top-seeded Luray (17-1, 21-2) advances to the Bull Run District Tournament championship on Friday. As the higher seed, the Bulldogs will host the title game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. [Please note the time, which was initially reported incorrectly.] The Bull Run District JV Championship will tip-off at 6 p.m. between Clarke and Strasburg.

On Friday night, Luray will face No. 3 Clarke (12-6, 15-7), who defeated No. 7 Rappahannock, 42-31, in Wednesday night’s other district semifinal. Rapp was able to upset No. 2 Strasburg in the quarterfinal round, and now awaits its seeding for the Region B tournament at the 1A level next week.


The PVN Sports broadcast crew selected

Emilee Weakley and Emma Eberly

as the Blue Ridge Bank “Players of the Game“.

Weakley lead the Bulldogs on Wednesday night with a game-high 31 points, including a 10-for-12 effort at the free throw line. Eberly lead the way for the Falcons with 16 points.


Bull Run District Tournaments

Quarterfinals (GIRLS) — Monday, Feb. 14

49 — #1 Luray

22 — #8 Mt. View

48 — #7 Rappahannock

38 — #2 Strasburg

48 — #3 Clarke

41 — #6 Page County

37 — #4 Central

32 — #5 Madison

Semifinals (GIRLS) — Wednesday, Feb. 16

68 — #1 Luray

44 — #4 Central

42 — #3 Clarke

31 — #7 Rappahannock

Quarterfinals (BOYS) — Monday, Feb. 14

71 — #1 East Rockingham

38 — #8 Luray

55 — #2 Rappahannock

40 — #7 Clarke

50 — #3 Central

35 — #6 Strasburg

67 — #5 Madison

37 — #4 Page County

Semifinals (BOYS) — Wednesday, Feb. 16

57 — #1 East Rockingham

44 — #5 Madison

68 — #3 Central of Woodstock

55 — #2 Rappahannock

For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.



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