“That’s us. I expected it to be a good game. Two teams that play hard on the defensive end, it was going to be a low scoring game. It’s going to come down to who knocks down free throws, who gets rebounds,” said FCHS head coach Chad White.
A tightly contested game the whole way through, Fluvanna’s largest lead of the first three quarters was six points. The two teams were tied at 19 heading into the final frame.
Charlottesville took a slight advantage with five minutes left, up 24-22. FCHS then went on 9-1 run over four minutes of play to hold a 31-25 lead. A CHS 3-pointer with 33 seconds left cut the deficit in half but FCHS hit free throws and got big defensive stops to seal the victory.
“For a while we didn’t rebound well. We started getting rebounds in the fourth quarter and then we were able to knock down free throws,” said White.
The last eight Fluco points came from the charity stripe. FCHS was eight for 12 from the line in the last three minutes.
“Free throws were key. Being in the right place at the right time helped. We finally started boxing out and rebounding,” said senior guard Ashleigh Harris.
Now looming for Fluvanna is regular season district champion Monticello. The Mustangs finished district play undefeated and will be the top seed in the Region II Div. 3 tournament.
“I’m looking forward to that game. We have to show them what we have. Both times we played them we haven’t showed them too much. I’m ready to face them again,” said Harris.
“It is going to be a tough one. The good thing is we are here at home, we are going to work — prepare for them Monday and Tuesday. They’re a very good team. They’ve already sealed up the regular season title, they’ve gotten the regional berth. I know the coach, they aren’t going to stop. They’re looking to get to the championship game, win that also. Right now, we’re trying to get there too,” said White.
The game against MHS is slated for Feb. 13 at Fluvanna County High School. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.