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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The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Skyline vs Sherando

Tonight’s High School Basketball Game of the Week on Fox Sports Radio 1450, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App features the Skyline Hawks (10-3) hosting the Sherando Warriors (10-5) with coverage starting at 7:20 pm.

The first meeting of the two teams was a Sherando victory in a 55-53 season opening thriller.

This matchup is expected to be no different as both team’s enter the game still holding high expectations for this season.

Sherando will arrive in Front Royal on a four game winning streak led by senior guard Trey Williams, who has averaged over 20 points per game in the stretch.

Williams is an early candidate for Player of the Year in the region as the second leading scorer with 17.2 per game, third in rebounding with 6.5 per game, and the leader in assists and steals with 4.4 apg and 2.3 spg.

Skyline enters the evening winning 7 of their last 8 games by an average differential of 22.4 points per game.

While the Warriors are led by Williams from the outside, the Hawks follow the lead of junior forward Dwayne Tucker on the interior.

Tucker has been a dominant force for Skyline in his second year of varsity action.

He led all scorers in the first matchup against the Warriors with 23 points, many of those coming against Sherando’s 6’4″ senior center Drew Tyson.

Tucker has also collected a few double-doubles this season and joined Williams on the All Tournament Team at the Ram Hardwood Classic.

Tonight’s heavyweight matchup could come down to the free throw line, an area that helped Sherando secure a few victories already this season including the first game against Skyline where the Warriors finished 14/21 from the line while the Hawks made just 5/16 free throw attempts.

Skyline’s aggressive defense could end them up in foul trouble and send the Warriors to the free throw line early and often, leading to the difference in a tight Sherando win, 57-54.

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The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Warren County vs Luray

Warren County (2-0) hosts Luray (0-1) tonight in the High School Basketball Game of the Week on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App with coverage beginning at 7:20 pm.

Warren County enters the game 2-0 for the first time since 2011 (according to MaxPreps) and looks to have taken a big step forward in their second year under Head Coach TJ Atlee.

In a tight season opener, Warren County took down Strasburg, one of last year’s state quarterfinalists.

The Wildcats did a great job responding to each run Strasburg put together and locked in defensively to contain the Rams 6’7″ star forward Walker Conrad.

Warren County dominated the 4th quarter 11-2 to come away with the 48-43 win.

The Wildcats followed up that performance with 67-50 home win over Manassas Park where they dominated the glass.

Will Bergmann finished with a double-double including 14 rebounds and Jayden Jefferies added 7 boards in his return from injury.

Luray is coming off a tight loss to East Rockingham but also looks to have taken a step forward this season.

Head Coach Mat Huff is really excited about the Bulldogs balance of experience and youth for this year’s squad.

Senior 6’4″ center Christian Lentz returns to the paint where he was a 1st Team All-District and 2nd Team All-Region selection last season.

In their opening game, the underclassmen led the way including sophomore guard Conner Hillard and freshman guard Ayden Haddock who finished with 15 and 14 points.

Warren County appears to have an advantage in three point shooting thanks to Marshall Barton, Raymond Dingess, and Ethan Bare while Luray only converted on two attempts from the perimeter in their first game.

I predict Warren County’s defensive effort and momentum entering their third consecutive home game will contribute to the win in what should be a tight and competitive game, 57-53.

Next week, we will head across town as Skyline hosts Brentsville in our first look at the Hawks this season on 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App with coverage beginning at 7:20 pm.

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