Spotswood-TA showdown headlines return of high school hoops in Rockingham County

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 11:02 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - A showdown between two of the top girls basketball teams in the Shenandoah Valley headlines Tuesday night’s high school basketball schedule as the sport returns in Rockingham County.

VHSL basketball has not been played in the county since March 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Teams are permitted to play but must wear masks during competition.

Spotswood and Turner Ashby are scheduled to square off at 7 p.m. in Bridgewater Tuesday evening. Both programs qualified for the Class 3 state tournament in 2020 and are again expected to contend for a championship during the 2020-2021 season.

“This is just such a good way to start the season to see where we are all at,” said Spotswood senior forward Abby Branner. “And we just can’t wait. This is such an exciting game both teams and it’s just great all-around.”

Spotswood is the two-time reigning Class 3 state champion, earning co-champion honors in 2020 with the state title game canceled due to COVID-19. Turner Ashby went 25-5 last season but suffered four losses to the Trailblazers. The Knights return most of their key players and have an experienced senior class.

“I think we have got a chance to be pretty good,” said Turner Ashby head coach Rob Lovell. “You never know how that translates into wins and losses and all those things, particularly, in a year like this but we have a pretty cohesive group.”

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