Story and Photo by Whitney Metz –
The Firebirds traveled to Chincoteague for a double-header last Thursday and Friday.
Thursday night’s game was an intense matchup that went down to the final buzzer. In the first half the Ponies led 15-9. The score stayed close throughout but picked up in the fourth quarter as Arcadia tied the game 32-32.
Both teams continued to fight resulting in three lead changes. With 3:54 left on the clock, the Ponies were up 38-37. It was a defensive battle with neither team scoring until the final eight seconds when Alex McComb was fouled and sent to the line for Chincoteague. McComb brought the score to 39-37 as she completed one of her two foul shots.
Arcadia was given the ball for a chance to win the game but the Firebirds were unable to inbound the ball successfully and Chincoteague took possession.
The Ponies got the ball in play and ran out the final seconds, adding another win to the books. Chincoteague was led on offense by Emma Jackson, with a game-high of 16 points.
In its second meeting on Friday night, Chincoteague clinched the district title with a 41-40 win in the team’s final regular season game. This championship is the Ponies’ third girls varsity basketball district title in four years. Chincoteague had an overall record of 10-2 and went undefeated in the district, 8-0. The team was led this season by senior Emma Jackson, who recorded an average of 13.6 points per game with 16 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 4.2 steals and 4.1 blocks per game.
Chincoteague is the top seed in the 1A region and will be hosting a regional game on Feb. 22. Its opponent has not yet been determined.