(NOTE: Listen LIVE to tonight's game by using the Mixlr player at the top of this page at 7pm)
Much has happened since the Skyhawks and Titans opened the 2014-15 season against each other in Chester on December 2nd.
For L.C. Bird (10-2), it's been a season of met expectations, with slight disappointments. Their only losses came to Good Counsel (MD) in the Art Turner Tip-off Classic in early December, and in their own Holiday Hoops Classic December 27th to top-ranked Highland Springs, who are the only unbeaten team left in the Richmond area at 17-0.
They knocked off Monacan, Midlothian, and Cosby all at home in the season's first half. But now it's time to hit the road, beginning tonight as they head west to battle the Titans.
Cosby's road has been a bit bumpier than usual this season. After struggling little last year en route to a 6A state championship, head coach Rachel Mead's squad has seen their share of ups and downs this year. Starting the year with the 66-55 loss at Chuck Tester Gymnasium to the Skyhawks didn't help. An upset defeat at the hands of Glen Allen eighteen days later in the semifinals of the Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament was perhaps their most disappointing performance.
But tonight, the Titans (10-3) will come off their best performance of the season by far. Without the injured Ali Trani, and down to nationally-ranked Paul VI of Fairfax most of the game, Jocelyn Jones, with help from Charme Lilly and Bailey Hodges, refused to back down to the Panthers, risking further foul trouble to ignite a late comeback to force overtime, then make crucial plays in the game's final minute, including a steal and basket by Jones with under ten seconds remaining to seal the 62-57 upset win in overtime Saturday night at the StatVa.Com Classic at Highland Springs.
This will be the final meeting between the two Chesterfield foes, as both head to their respective postseason journeys come mid-February: L.C. Bird in 5A South, Cosby the defenders in 6A South.
Who comes out on top in the rematch? LISTEN LIVE TONIGHT, 7pm airtime, exclusively on RVA Sports Network by clicking on the Mixlr Player at the top of this page!