“[We have] to learn [we] can’t play down when we’re up,” said FCHS head coach Chad White. “As much as we wanted to win that, that’s what it came down to. Powhatan put some pressure on us and the youth showed.”
Fluvanna held a 34-30 lead with two minutes left. The aggressive defense of PHS forced Fluvanna into a more dribble-drive offense that caused turnovers and gave Powhatan the chance to erase the deficit.
After a Powhatan basket, Kiána Childress was fouled with a minute left and made both free throws to stretch the lead to 36-32. Another PHS basket left the game with 45 seconds.
FCHS missed a free throw but got a defensive stop. With under 10 seconds to go, the Flucos turned the ball over. Powhatan was able to drive and kick for a 15 foot jumper than fell in as the buzzer sounded.
In overtime, it was too much PHS. Powhatan scored the first 10 points in the extra frame. The Flucos managed just one free throw, falling in with just 51 seconds left.
“The basketball gods were looking down on us and saying, ‘Guys you aren’t ready yet.’ We didn’t keep our composure. Even if we pulled that one out, they look down on us and said ‘they aren’t ready,’” said White.
The Flucos were lead by Childress with 17 points. Asleigh Harris has seven points.
The next night, Fluvanna rebounded with a 41-36 win over Louisa at Mineral Baptist Church.
FCHS hosts Louisa on Feb. 5 before finishing up at Monticello on Feb. 6. The Louisa game starts at 7:30 p.m. with the Monticello game starting at 6:30 p.m.
Fluvanna will host the first round of the Jefferson District playoffs against either Charlottesville or Louisa. That game is scheduled for Feb. 8. FCHS is also hosting the semifinals and finals of both the boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments. Those games will be played the following week, ending on Feb. 15.