Lady Tigers Clinch Tidewater Crown

For the first time since the mid-1990s you can call the varsity girls’ basketball team at King and Queen Central High School district champions.

The Lady Royal Tigers earned that distinction following a 51-21 rout of Tidewater District foe Middlesex on February 1.

Central left no doubt about the outcome as they bolted to a 36-14 halftime lead.

King and Queen senior Ziyanna King led the first half onslaught with 23 points.

King finished with a game-high 29 points while also collecting seven rebounds and four steals.

Fellow senior Makayla Holmes tallied 15 points and snared eight rebounds. Sophomore Amelia Moaney led the Lady Tigers with 10 rebounds, while classmate Jinya Brown posted a team-high seven steals.

The Lady Tigers encountered stiffer opposition on Senior Night two evenings previously as Central squeezed out a 43-40 non-district triumph over Colonial Beach.

King and Queen trailed 15-6 after one-quarter, but

King and Brown scored eight points apiece in the second stanza as Central held a 30-24 lead at the break.

Central’s difficulties at the free throw stripe in the final quarter (6-of-19) kept Colonial Beach within striking range.

King paced Central in the scoring column with 15 points, while Moaney also reached double digits with 11 points.

Central closed out last week’s slate of games with a 70-32 blistering of Carver Academy.

The triumph improved the Lady Tigers’ record to 13-2.

Brown scored 16 of her career high 29 points during the opening half as CHS took a 44-17 lead at intermission. King (18) and Holmes (15) also scored in double figures.

“It’s been an awesome season so far” Central coach Howard Brown observed. “The young ladies have been working hard since day one. They understand the significance of the season they are having. They are seeing what hard work and completely buying in does.

Brown noted his team began the season with nine players and is now down to seven.

“Everyone understands their role,” he said. They are unselfish to a fault and they truly play as a team. I couldn’t be any more proud of my ladies. I’m anxious to see what’s ahead of us in the post season.”

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