The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Strasburg vs Amelia County

Strasburg hosts Amelia County in the VHSL Girls Basketball State Quarterfinals tonight on The River 95.3, Fox Sports Radio 1450, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App with coverage starting at 6:50 pm.

The Rams earned homecourt in this matchup by defeating Page County for the Regional title on Saturday at Shenandoah University, 63-47.

Strasburg sprinted ahead in the first quarter with red-hot shooting from the floor, scoring 29 points and shooting nearly 65%.

Page battled back to make it a two point game in the 4th quarter before Strasburg closed the door with a 15-1 run.

Macy Smith has continued her tear through the Regional Playoffs with 23 points against the Panthers to follow up her 26 point performance against Central in the Regional Semifinals.

Smith was recently named the Regional Player of the Year as she continues to add to her trophy case before departing to Division I St. Bonaventure.

Sophomore guard Emily Gorrell has also looked strong throughout the playoffs and finished the Regional Championship game with 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Strasburg will meet a defensive minded Amelia County team that fell to the juggernauts of John Marshall in their Regional Championship game, 75-23.

Amelia County boasts a Big Three of All-District selections in Tasia Rather, Zhikia Wiggins, and Leah-Marie Marshall.

The Lady Raiders’ stingy defense has allowed 38.4 points per game this season, but that has ballooned to 54.6 points per game against the tougher competition in the Regional playoffs.

On the other hand, Strasburg has increased their scoring output during the playoffs from 52.9 points during the season to 61.3 points per game in Regional action.

Strasburg has lost just two of their last 18 games and both were to Page County before defeating them in the Regional Championship game while Amelia enters the evening after losing three of their last five games.

The Rams are peaking at the right time and should advance past the Lady Raiders in front of a rowdy home crowd, 63-46.

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