Page County rallies to claim Shenandoah District regular season crown

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QUICKSBURG, Va. -- The Page County girls basketball team rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat East Rockingham, 33-30, at Stonewall Jackson High School Thursday night to claim the Shenandoah District regular season title.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half with the Eagles carrying an 18-10 lead into the break. East Rockingham led 23-18 after three quarters of play before Page County took control.

The Panthers jumped in front, 24-23, behind back-to-back three-pointers from freshman Caris Lucas and senior Hannah Smith. After East Rockingham rallied to tie the game at 28 with just over two minutes to play, Page County freshman Leah Hilliard hit the eventual game-winning shot with a runner from just outside the lane with about one minute remaining in the contest.

East Rockingham had a chance to tie the score and force overtime but a three-pointer at the buzzer was no good.

With the win, Page County locks up the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Shenandoah District and Region 2B Tournaments. East Rockingham will be the No. 2 seed in the district tournament.