The Mathews High School varsity girls’ basketball team picked up three wins during the past week, playing non-district games against three Northern Neck foes.
Mathews traveled to Essex on Friday and demolished the Lady Trojans by the final score of 49-24 in a contest that was decided by halftime. The Lady Devils raced to a 14-2 first-quarter lead and never relinquished, taking a 33-11 halftime lead into the locker room. Head coach Robert Thomas was able to give his bench plenty of playing time, as the Lady Devils had two girls recovering from injuries and two more sick.
Leading the Lady Devils’ charge were Sharese Jarvis and Kaitlin Eriksen with 19 and 12 points, respectively. Other scorers for the night were Taylor Denton (seven points), Sydney Morgan (three), and Ashley Forrest, Angela Sale, Megan Zeller and Maggie Scribe (two points each). Although she didn’t score, Thomas lauded the efforts of freshman Emily Brown who played the game sick and unable to talk.
The girls were away again Monday, this time traveling to Rappahannock High School to face the Lady Raiders. The team was again struck by the sickness bug. Although getting off to a sluggish start, Mathews thoroughly defeated the host Raiders, outscoring them, 13-2, in the third quarter. Mathews played a smothering defense to take a 28-6 lead into the fourth quarter, eventually winning 41-10.
Jarvis led the Blue Devils with 16 points, followed by Shelby Ware with seven and Denton and Scribe with six each. Eriksen, Forrest, Zeller and Morgan combined for seven.
The Lady Devils returned to MHS on Tuesday for their first home game in a much-anticipated rematch of last year’s regional tournament semifinal against Northumberland. Both teams took undefeated records into the matchup.
The Blue Devils thoroughly outplayed the Lady Indians but could not put the game away until an extra overtime. In the four-minute overtime, Mathews outscored their opponents by a 16-6 margin to come away with a 59-49 win.