Leading from start to finish, and surviving full-court defense and foul trouble after intermission, the fourth-ranked Cosby Titans exacted revenge for an opening night loss to #2 L.C. Bird with a 54-43 win Tuesday night.
Jocelyn Jones led Cosby with 20 points, 13 of them coming in the first half, as the Titans built a 35-19 lead, despite Jones and the team struggling from the free throw line.
Madison Howdyshell had five points, but double digits in rebounds and, more importantly, extremely efficient play down low on both ends of the floor, winning position battles and helping hold the Titans lead, especially during a stretch in the third quarter when Tyra Whitehead had to leave the game.
Taja Cole led the Skyhawks with 18 points, while Angela Caraballo, who poured in 27 points when the Skyhawks beat the Titans 66-55 on December 2nd to lead all scorers that night, had only six points. Madison Baum added nine. L.C. Bird never cut the lead to less than seven throughout the second half.
The Titans move to 11-3 on the season with their second impressive win in 72 hours, coming on the heels of their 62-57 overtime win over previously nationally-ranked Paul VI of Fairfax Saturday in the StatVa.com Classic in Henrico. Cosby travels to James River on Thursday.
The Skyhawks fall to 10-3 and travel to Manchester Friday before continuing this road trip next Tuesday at #3 Monacan, in a game that will be heard on RVA Sports Network beginning at 7pm.
OTHER FINALS TONIGHT:
#9 Meadowbrook 74, #6 Matoaca 70 (Kyhlil James with 17 points, Monarchs to 10-4, Warriors now 12-3)
#7 George Wythe 63, Clover Hill 60
#6 Midlothian 62, Huguenot 54 (Cara Averette w/19 points as Trojans move to 11-4)
Meadowbrook 49, Matoaca 30