Brookville girls win Seminole basketball tourney
By Nathan Warters
Lynchburg News & Advance
Sunday, February 18, 2007
RUSTBURG - Brookville won a championship, and Staunton River acquired a measure of confidence heading into next week's Region III playoffs.

The Bees beat the Golden Eagles 52-44 Saturday night in the Seminole District tournament championship game at Rustburg High School. They achieved their second regular-season/tournament championship sweep in three seasons.

Staunton River was still upbeat after the loss, knowing that they provided Brookville one of its biggest challenges all season.

"I didn't know if we were going to beat Brookville, but I told them, 'Don't roll over,'" Staunton River coach Kim Jones said.

Both teams advance to the Region III playoffs on Tuesday.

Brookville (23-2) hosts the winner of Monday's Pulaski County-Heritage play-in game, and Staunton River (17-8) visits Northside.

Ashley Jones scored 11 points, had three blocks, five steals and seven rebounds to help the Bees get past the Golden Eagles.

She came to life after a sluggish first half.

"I really wasn't feeling the game in the first half," Jones said. "I didn't play my best, but I stepped it up in the second half."

The Golden Eagles and Bees were tied 12-12 after the first quarter and 27-27 at halftime.

"I thought we played a little timid in the first half," Brookville head coach Warner Dyke said.

"I thought they were very aggressive and took it to us in the first half, but I thought in the second half, we did a better job of being aggressive."

Brookville went on a 10-4 run to start the third and led 39-33 on Kara Wilson's jumper with 7:21 left in the final period.

Staunton River cut the Bees' lead to four on a Caitlin Falls layup, but Brookville answered by scoring seven straight points to put the game out of reach.

Talika Robinson scored 23 points for the Golden Eagles. She was a nuisance to the Bees throughout the first half, scoring 17 points on four of seven shooting from the field.

She also made nine of 13 free throws.