Story and Photo by Whitney Metz –
The Arcadia Firebirds and Chincoteague Ponies squared off in a triple-header last week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night.
In the first match-up, Chincoteague traveled to Oak Hall. In the first quarter, Arcadia was up 11-9 with Chincoteague’s Jake Harper scoring all 9 points for the Ponies and Kevin Cropper from Arcadia starting off strong with 7.
In the second quarter, Cropper picked up where he left off scoring another 8 points while teammate Anthony Taylor assisted, also with 8 points. Landon King for the Ponies had a hot hand in the second quarter recording 14 points with a half-court buzzer beater to close the half.
As the third quarter began, Arcadia led with a score of 33-30. The Firebirds’ defense held Chincoteague to only 8 point in the third quarter, while Taylor and Cropper continued to put up numbers. Arcadia extended its lead out of reach and added another win to its district record with a final score of 81-62.
Cropper recorded an impressive game high of 36 points for the Firebirds. Taylor followed with 26 points on the night.
The Ponies were led on offense by King with 22 points and Jake Harper with 20.
In Game 2, the Firebirds traveled to Chincoteague on Thursday night. Chincoteague came out on top in the first quarter with a score of 18-15. In the second quarter, the two teams continued to battle with a tie score of 23- 23 with 4:37 left before the half. Arcadia’s offense began to heat up, giving the team a halftime lead of 38-30.
The game stayed close throughout the third and fourth quarters, but Arcadia pulled away again with a final score of 63-54. Chincoteague was led by King with 23 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. King was followed by Jake Harper with 13 points, three assists, and Jordan Harper with 7 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
The Firebirds were taken to victory by Taylor, who led the team with a game high 31 points. This win put Arcadia 2-0 as the Firebirds went to the third and final game of the triple-header.
The Ponies hosted the Firebirds again on Friday night to close out both teams’ regular season play. Chincoteague was unable to get its offense in a rhythm throughout the game, while Arcadia continued where it left off. Cropper recorded another game-high of 27 points in the 69- 47 final win over Chincoteague. The Ponies were led by King scoring 12 points with six rebounds and four assists. Arcadia improved its district record to 5-3, putting the team into second place over its rival, Nandua.