VES Basketball Conference Championship Tournament Recap
Last week, ourbasketballteams competed in the conference championships, withthegirls varsityteamrepresenting VES in the Blue Ridge Conference and the boys JV and varsity squads in the Virginia Independent Conference. The boys teams had a bye in the first round.The girls tipped off on Tuesdayat homewhere, unfortunately, an early loss handed to them by New Covenant ended their run in the tournament. Sophomore Holly Koudelka earned SecondTeam All-Conference andjunior Nia Cummings earned FirstTeam All-Conference honors. The girls have been using the week to prepare for their first game in the VISAA State Tournament against Nansemond Suffolk Tuesday, February 26.The away game will be played at 5:30 p.m. There will not be a live stream, so we will update you after the game on the results.
For the JV boys, having walked away with a win against Hargrave less than a week ago, tensions were high for their first game of the VIC tournament, once again against Hargrave. A big win against the Tigers on Thursday advanced the team to the championship game against Blue Ridge. The boys played smart offense and put up a good fight, but ultimately couldn’t hold off the strong Blue Ridge team. The Bishops took home runner-up for the VIC conference and are proud of thestrongseason they’ve had.
In a tight matchup that came down to the wire, the varsity boyswonagainst Miller 44-42 as the Bishops marched on to the VIC Championships. Top scorer Ismael Plet’20, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the game commented, "Preparation is key. Everybody contributed to this win. We have been in close games so many times this year in games…. It is second nature for us." Bryce Waterman’19,who had eight points for the Bishops,also cited their strong defense in the win:"We have been locked in defensively all year. We all know our assignments, our roles and we know our rotations. Everybody is bought in and it is paying off." In theVICchampionship gameagainst no. 1 Blue Ridge, Charlie Barnett’19 came up as the lone scorer to hit double digits for VES––six of his10points came from three-point range––as the Bishops came up short againstthe Baron’s potent offense. Ismael was named SecondTeam All-Conference and Michael Caprise’19 received FirstTeam All-Conference Honors. Bryce Waterman’19 was named VIC Co-Player of the Year for his dominating play. Still ranked in the top four, TheBishops have earned a bye in the first round of the VISAA State Tournament and will host their first game at home on Wednesdayat 6 or 6:30 p.m. in Van Every Gym. Live stream the game at www.ves.org/live.