Thursday, July 16, 2015

Top 10 of 2014-15: #8: Cosby Girls Basketball Beats Nationally Ranked Opponent, Changes Championship Season

For any team that reaches the pinnacle of its sport, the sweetest victory is always the last one, where you raise the trophy and start sizing up the championship rings.

But sometimes, the last win is not the most important.

For Cosby girls basketball, the defending 6A State Champions, their turning point came on a Saturday evening at Highland Springs High School.

The Titans had played uneven basketball early in the season, their low point a 50-34 loss to Glen Allen in the semifinals of the T-DIT at Randolph-Macon College just before Christmas. But four weeks later, at the 2015 StatVa.Com Classic, Cosby had a chance to reboot, reset, and send a message to the rest of 6A: the champs weren't done.

Cosby took the court with Paul VI, a private school power in the Metro Washington DC area. Few prognosticators gave the Titans a chance to win against a nationally ranked team.

This is how we reviewed the Cosby performance on this website three days after the game in a preview of the Titans' showdown with L.C. Bird which aired live on RVA Sports Network:

"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."

Cosby won that next game against Bird, and proceeded to win every game left but one (a regular season loss to eventual 4A State Champion Monacan) en route to a thrilling 46-45 win over Bethel for the Titans' second straight 6A State Championship.

But without one of the gutsiest performances by an entire team that we've ever witnessed in the overtime comeback win over Paul VI, that may not have been possible.

That's why we name Cosby's January victory, heard live on RVA Sports Network, as our #8 Biggest Event of the 2014-15 season!

(Head Coach Rachel Mead hugs guard Jocelyn Jones at the end of Cosby's win over Paul VI, January 17, 2015)

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