Girls have St. Night Friday, region basketball next week

By Sports editor Brian Hoffman

 The William Byrd girls’ basketball team will be competing in the Region 3D tournament next week, but coach Brad Greenway has no idea who or where the girls will play. That will be decided sometime before Monday’s play-in round.

A total of 10 teams will play in the regional, including Bassett and Magna Vista, who did not play a game in the regular season. Somehow the teams will be seeded from one to 10 and the seven through 10 seeds will play Monday to trim the field to eight. Then, the remaining eight will play Tuesday.

“I have no idea who we will play or what seed we will be,” said Greenway.

The Terriers will wrap up the regular season with a game at Hidden Valley on Wednesday of this week and “Senior Night” at home against Northside on Friday. Byrd is 4-2 in the Roanoke County round robin after a 44-30 home loss to Cave Spring Tuesday night.

“Tough night for us offensively,” said Greenway. “Sophia Chrisley led us with 14 points and we had three other players combine for 16 points. That’s not going to get it done. We need to find a way to put them in better position to get easy buckets somehow.”

Zada Porter had 26 points for the Knights.

“She is one of the most talented players I’ve seen come through this valley in my time here with her speed, size, and scoring ability,” said Greenway. “But to hold your opponent to 44 points, at this level that’s usually going to be good enough to give you a chance to win. We just couldn’t find the basket for long stretches.”

Last Wednesday at Glenvar Chrisley and Emilie McCaskill combined for 38 points in a 48-40 win. Sophia had 20 and Emilie had 18 and both hit four three-pointers for the Terriers. Olivia Harris had 18 for Glenvar.

“We were able to get out ahead early and did a good job of maintaining that lead throughout,” said Greenway.  “We had some scoring droughts throughout the game but luckily we were able to put together enough runs to get over the hump.”

Byrd’s Gretta Walls looks to pass in last week’s win at Glenvar. (photo by Brian Hoffman)

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