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The Loudoun Report: girls basketball

Today in TLR: more on Freedom's rough trip to Riverdale Baptist, plus Loudoun Valley and Heritage team up to battle breast cancer, along with all the usual bell and whistles -- scoring leaders, standings and the schedule for the week ahead.

Eagles hoping to gain from loss

The Freedom girls made the long trip from South Riding to Upper Marlboro looking to test themselves against one of the top private school programs in the area. In only their fourth year, the Eagles have ascended to the top the Virginia AA landscape, but after a 57-38 loss Tuesday night, they found out they still have a long way to go.

The No. 2 Crusaders (13-5) hounded the Eagles with all sorts of defensive pressure from the opening tip, rattling Freedom and forcing turnover after turnover. When it was over, Riverdale's starters had enjoyed watching the final quarter from the bench while the Eagles had coughed up the ball 39 times and connected on only 17 field goals. That was it in a nutshell, but if you want more of the ugly details, check out my full game story here.

Alexis Mayo and the Eagles had no answers for Riverdale Baptist's defensive pressure Tuesday night. (Jonathan Newton, TWP)

By the second half, the No. 13 Eagles (11-3) -- though still giving full effort -- were resigned to their fate, trying to laugh off each careless pass and just make it to the final buzzer. Despite the disappointing result, Freedom Coach Jason Eldredge did not regret challenging his players with such an elite opponent.

"It was a measuring stick game for us," he said. "We wanted to see where our talent level and what we do is next to the best team in the area. That's what we wanted to take from it.

"We've got a lot to work on, but I think this was good for us. Now it's back down to a bit of reality."

There's little time to dwell on the loss for the Eagles, which is probably a good thing, as they return to action tonight at winless Dominion. Then comes the biggest remaining test of the regular season -- a rematch with rival Loudoun County in Leesburg. Freedom held serve at home back in December, escaping with a 54-47 win in another turnover-fest. A win Friday would all but lock up a second straight league title.

Eldredge hopes the pace of Riverdal gives his team a leg up when they take on the always fast Lady Raiders.

"I think when we go into County, we're going to feel like the game has slowed down," Eldredge said. "That was kind of the goal of this: Let's play a faster team so that when the fastest teams in our league bring it, they don't seem so fast."

Vikings to host Pink Zone

Friday, Feb. 5, the Loudoun Valley girls' basketball team will take on cross-county rival Heritage in a Cedar Run District contest. While separately they each will be battling for a win, together they will be battling a bigger opponent, breast cancer.

Both teams will take part in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone, an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women’s basketball and communities all over the country. In three short years, participants have raised over $2 million for breast cancer research for the WBCA’s Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. All proceeds from the game and raffle contests will go to benefit this organization.

The games will be held at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville beginning at 6 p.m. with the freshman and JV teams, followed by the varsity game at 7:30.

Scoring leaders
1. Brittany Batts, Loudoun County - 19.2
2. Dionna Scott, Freedom - 16.4
3. Kelsey Buchanan, Freedom - 15.6
4. Raven Short, Potomac Falls - 15.1
5. Alissa Kain, Loudoun County - 14.8
6. Kayla Sweet, Loudoun Valley - 14.5
7. Kendra Holmes, Loudoun County - 13.5
8. Chloe Owens, Park View - 12.8
9. Symone' Berry, Potomac Falls - 11.7
10. Erika Grabbi, Heritage - 9
10. Jessica Escorza, Freedom - 9


Dulles District
1. Freedom------------------6-0----------11-3
2. Loudoun County--------5-1-----------11-2
3. Potomac Falls-----------3-2-----------7-4
4. Broad Run---------------3-3-----------7-6
5. Park View----------------2-3-----------5-9
6. Briar Woods-------------1-6-----------4-9
7. Dominion-----------------0-6-----------0-14

Cedar Run District
1. Stonewall Jackson-----3-0------------10-2
2. Loudoun Valley---------3-1-----------9-5
3. Osbourn-----------------2-2------------4-10
4. Heritage------------------1-3-----------2-9
5. Battlefield----------------0-3-----------1-9

Liberty District
1. Madison------------------6-1-----------8-6
2. South Lakes-------------5-2-----------11-4
3. Langley-------------------4-3-----------5-8
3. Stone Bridge-------------4-3----------10-4
5. Fairfax--------------------3-3-----------7-6
6. McLean-------------------2-4-----------7-6
7. Marshall------------------2-5-----------8-7
8. Thomas Jefferson------1-6-----------3-11

The week ahead
Briar Woods at Loudoun County, 6
Freedom at Dominion, 7:30
Potomac Falls at Park View, 7:30

Broad Run at Heritage, 7:30

Battlefield at Heritage, 7:30
Jefferson at Stone Bridge, 7:30
Loudoun Valley at Osbourn, 7:30
Park View at Potomac Falls, 7:30
Freedom at Loudoun County, 7:45

Madison at Stone Bridge, 5
Dominion at Broad Run, 7:30
Potomac Falls at Briar Woods, 7:30

Don't forget to vote for Freedom and Loudoun County in this week's interactive top 20 rankings!

By Matt Brooks  |  January 20, 2010; 10:28 AM ET
Categories:  AA Dulles , AAA Cedar Run District , AAA Liberty District , Briar Woods , Broad Run , Dominion , Freedom South-Riding , Girls' Basketball , Heritage , Loudoun County High School , Loudoun Valley High School , Park View , Potomac Falls , Stone Bridge High School  
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