By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Feb. 14 — Who wants to play Luray?
After posting a 21-1 record in the regular season, the Luray Bulldogs opened up the Bull Run District Tournament with a 21-point win over East Rockingham Friday night.
The Bulldogs opened the game with a 20-8 lead by the end of the first frame, and increased that lead to 34-15 by the half.
Junior Brynlee Burrill scored 11 of her 16 points on the night for Luray in the first half.
“She’s a good shooter,” LHS head coach Joe Lucas said after Friday’s game. “And her teammates found her.”
Sophomore standout Emilee Weakley also posted 16 points against visiting East Rock — a significant drop from her nearly 30 points per game average this season.
Coach Lucas says his team’s depth is its strength.
“A lot of teams will focus on [Weakley],” he said, “but any girl we have on the floor can score.”
East Rockingham was led by junior guard Makenna Siever with 11 points, while senior Sage Fox and junior Alexis Baugher added eight points each.
Entering Friday night’s quarterfinal action, Luray stood at the top of the power rankings in Region 2B.
“The regular season took on a lot of importance because now we will be at home throughout the playoffs… until we head to a neutral site,” said Coach Lucas.
While Luray held a double-digit lead over East Rock for most of Friday night’s game, they realize that things will get tougher as they head deeper into the postseason.
Next Tuesday, Luray will host Madison in the semifinals of the Bull Run tournament.
“They came in and gave us a tough fight on our Senior Night,” said Lucas. “It will be a physical game.
“Every team is playing for their season.”