By Randy Arrington
SHENANDOAH, March 10 — Who needs a miracle?
Tickets to the VHSL 2A state semifinal on Tuesday night are extremely limited. Each school has already sold their 400 allotted advance tickets online.
The exact number of remaining tickets to Luray v. Strasburg — Part V — is unknown, but school officials are urging those who want to get in the doors of Page County High School to arrive early. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Game time is 6:30 p.m.
Two lines will form at the door — those with advanced tickets, and those without tickets.
“If you have purchased an online ticket, please have it up and ready for ticket selection and validation,” a notice from Page Schools stated. “Paper tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we reach capacity, we will no longer be selling tickets.”
Luray sold its 400 tickets online by Sunday night. The Bulldogs had qualified for the state semifinal with a solid opening round win over Poquoson, 58-31, less than 48 hours earlier.
And now they meet the only team that has blemished the 2019-2020 season — Strasburg.
For the fifth time this season, the Bulldogs (28-1) and the Rams (26-3) will clash, as the two top teams in the Bull Run District now represent two of the top four teams in the state.
They split during the regular season, with each home team winning.
While Luray won the next three meetings with Strasburg, last Saturday’s matchup for the Region 2B title was a close one. Luray fell behind early and overcame a double-digit halftime deficit to win, 59-58.
“They had us on the ropes. We can’t afford to do that again,” LHS head coach Joe Lucas said. “We knew if we took care of business, there was a collision course for us to meet again.”
The Bulldogs and the Rams know each other well. While Strasburg will be trying to stop Weakley and Burrill, Luray will try to stymie two 6’4” forwards in seniors Christyan Reid and Jaden Alsberry.
“We have to make them beat us from the perimeter,” Lucas said. “We know each other… there’s no secrets.”
To add to Tuesday night’s hype, Page County Public Schools stated on their Facebook page Monday evening that: “The Luray vs Starsburg game will be live streamed on Facebook Live tomorrow night for those who are unable to attend. You can watch this live stream on the Page County Public Schools Facebook Page beginning at 6:25 p.m. Join us, and cheer on the Lady Bulldogs!”
The schools also ask: “Sections for Luray and Strasburg will be appropriately marked with signage. Please sit on your fan base side. Per VHSL rules, no noise makers or signage is allowed into the gym.”
Our own March Madness continues when the Final Four comes to Page County High School Tuesday night.