The Bassett Bengals girls basketball team was cruising to its fourth-straight win of the season in its matchup against Magna Vista before the Warriors brought the game to a screeching halt with something the Bengals have struggled with at many times already in this young season.
The Bengals managed to shake off 22 turnovers (11 in the fourth quarter) and Aymbir Manns-Massay drilled a 3-pointer with 1:41 left to keep the Bengals undefeated on the season with a 46-40 win over Magna Vista in Ridgeway.
“I was really proud of my girls’ effort tonight,” Bassett head coach Melissa Blair said. “And props to Magna Vista. They are really well-coached and came ready to play tonight. We feel very fortunate to walk out of here with a victory.”
Magna Vista (2-1) stormed out of the gates and connected on six of its first seven shots to begin the game against the Bengals’ 2-3 zone defense.
The Basset Bengals went into Tuesday night’s game trying to kill two birds with one stone.
They wanted to get their first of the season, and at the same time get revenge against Magna Vista for beating them in football in the fall. The Warriors on the other hand wanted to get their season started with a road win against their Piedmont District rival.
Bassett kept the game close in the first half but Magna Vista used its defense and outside shooting to pull away in the second half as they went home with a 73-56 victory.
Halifax County hit a game-winning three at the buzzer to defeat Martinsville 48-45 on Tuesday night. Devonte Holland scored 31 points and added 14 rebounds in the loss and Keshon Johnson led Halifax with 17 points. The Bulldogs JV team also won 63-54.
The Martsinville girls basketball team defeated Halifax County 58-48 on Tuesday night, coming back after trailing 29-23 at the half for their first win of the season. Shemonte Taylor led the Bulldogs with 11 points, five steals and freshman Jakalya Carter added seven points.