By Randy Arrington
SHENANDOAH, Jan. 11 — In a Bull Run District battle between two teams trying to get their footing in the 2021-22 season, Page County defeated Mt. View, 34-23, at home Monday night.
The low-scoring affair saw both teams shoot below 25 percent from the floor, and only one player finished in double-digits. PCHS sophomore Adryn Martin finished the night with a game-high 10 points.
In a sluggish start, Mt. View jumped out to a 7-5 advantage after the first frame. Page County senior Caris Lucas hit an early three-pointer, but the Panthers only hit one more shot from the floor in the opening quarter.
However, both teams picked up the pace in the second quarter as Page hit three consecutive shots from beyond the arc courtesy of junior Courtney Good, senior Gracie Mason and junior Alexis Frymyer. Martin went a perfect 4-for-4 from the line in the second, as the Panthers outscored the Generals 13-10. The home team took a narrow one-point lead, 18-17, into the locker room at the half.
The third quarter would repeat the first as a low-scoring stalemate, but Page was able to add to its lead and outscore Mt. View 6-2. The Generals only hit three baskets in the entire second half, and the Panthers added to their lead again in the fourth.
Lucas finished with only nine points during a shooting cold streak, but the senior leader was never out-hustled at either end of the court as she grabbed steals, blocked shots and played hard the entire game. The Panthers had a total of six players score during the game, as Mason posted five, sophomore Bailee Gaskins added four and both Good and Frymyer had three.
For Mt. View, junior Annika Dellinger lead the way with eight points, while junior Bree Franklin and senior Maddison Hoover added six each. Next up, the Generals (3-8) will host Rappahannock Wednesday before traveling to Clarke on Friday.
Page County (4-5) will travel to Madison on Wednesday before hosting Luray on Friday. Due to COVID protocols resulting in the cancellation of all Luray varsity boys basketball games this week, Friday’s cross-county rivalry will not be a double-header, and only feature the girls game tipping off at 6:30 p.m. PVN Sports will be on-hand to broadcast that game and accompany the NFHS livestream.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.
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Lucas, a senior guard, finished Monday night’s district matchup with nine points. While she missed being the top scorer in the game by a single point, Lucas did not allow her low-percentage shooting to dampen her spirit or her drive. She chalked up several steals and blocks, while never getting out-hustled at either end of the court.