By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Feb. 25 — Luray and Page will go head-to-head for the third time this season on Thursday night, when the Bulldogs host the Panthers for a Region 2B semifinal.
The winner earns a trip to the region championship on Saturday at Spotswood High School and an automatic bid to the state tournament next week. (The top two teams out of each region advance to state.)
While Luray (25-1) is the top seed in the regional tournament, it was the Panthers (15-10) who posted the largest margin of victory in the first round. Page went on the road to defeat Madison, 52-26, in quarterfinal action Tuesday night. The Panthers led 30-16 at the half and never looked back, only allowing Madison 10 points in the second half.
The Bulldogs led the entire game against visiting Clarke on Tuesday. Luray was up 34-19 at the half and walked away with a 60-50 victory in quarterfinal action.
Luray was led by sophomore standout Emilee Weakley, who posted 35 points and 13 rebounds on the night. Freshman Jaidyn McClung put up 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. (Page stats were unavailable on Tuesday night.)
The LHS gymnasium is sure to be packed Thursday night for the cross-country rivalry that will play out for a bid to the region championship and next week’s state tournament.
“[Page is] well-coached and talented,” LHS coach Joe Lucas said after Tuesday night’s win over Clarke. “This will be the third time we’ve played, so there will be no secrets… beating a good team three times is tough.”