The Lord Botetourt girls will open Blue Ridge District basketball tournament play on Friday night when they take on William Byrd in Vinton.
Botetourt will be the second seed in the tournament, behind top-seeded William Fleming. Byrd is the third seed, Northside is fourth and Staunton River is fifth.
The tournament opens with a “four-five” game on Thursday night, as Staunton River visits Northside. The winner of that game plays Fleming at 6 p.m. Friday at Byrd, followed by the host Terriers against LB at 7:45 p.m. The Blue Ridge District championship game is Tuesday, Feb. 13, at LB at 6 p.m, followed by the boys’ championship game.
The district tournament is for a trophy and the pride that goes with it. The regional tournament, which begins next week, determines advancement in the post-season. However, if a team that would not otherwise qualify for the regional wins the district tournament, they get an automatic berth in the regional. Other regional teams are determined by a point system, and LB, Fleming and Byrd are locks to be included.
Botetourt was scheduled to wrap up the regular season with a game at William Byrd on Tuesday night. The Cavaliers were 18-3 overall after easily beating Staunton River in Moneta on Monday, 72-13. Botetourt led 43-7 at the half.
“We stopped trapping after about five minutes,” said LB coach Chuck Pound.
Brooklyn Shelton had 15 points while playing just 11 minutes and scored her 1,000-career point at early in the game. Jenna Alam had 13 points and seven assists and Miette Veldman had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Grace Taylor had nine points and Meredith Wells and Brooke Snyder had eight each.
The Cavs also played in the Adam Ward Classic at Salem High School on Saturday and took an exciting 64-62 win over Floyd County in front of a large crowd. Scottie Cook banked home a shot at the buzzer to win it for LB. Shelton had 22 points and Cook had 14.
The game was one of seven on the day in a fundraiser for the Adam Ward Scholarship Fund. Ward was a popular WDBJ-7 cameraman who was killed while filming a live segment at Smith Mountain Lake in August 2015.
“It was fun playing in front of a big crowd,” said Pound. “We’ve already agreed to play Parry McCluer next year.”