Purcellville, Va. — The Loudoun Valley Vikings boys basketball team continued their regular season dominance by defeating their crosstown rival Woodgrove Wolverines, 71-48, on January 17 in Purcellville.
“It is always a big game with the community support. The people are always excited about this game,” Loudoun Valley head coach Chad Dawson said. “These kids always play with a ton of energy, so it’s fun to be involved in this rivalry.”
Loudoun Valley played like a well-oiled machine, as the team was firing on all cylinders. No matter how many small runs Woodgrove went on, the Vikings had each other’s backs.
“Through each game, we get better as a team and with communication,” Loudoun Valley senior point guard Trent Dawson said.
Loudoun Valley senior forward Clyde Volker led the Vikings with 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Dawson chipped in 13 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals.
“This game was a good shooting game for me, and we picked it up on defense,” Dawson said. “Once we got the lead, we kept it and ran with it.”
The Dawsons have a special bond that they get to share through basketball. As they have done in years past, this father and son duo has once again led the Vikings to the top of the Dulles District standings.
“It’s fun [to coach Trent], but it goes by quickly,” Coach Dawson said. “I am a little bit hard on him, but he plays so hard that it makes my job easy.”
It is always a big game with the community support. These kids always play with a ton of energy, so it’s fun to be involved in this rivalry.
—Loudoun Valley head coach Chad Dawson
Defensively, the Vikings held Woodgrove to just 48 points. They were aggressive, and it seemed like everything was going their way in transition.The Vikings, however, had their hands full with Woodgrove’s star center Brock Redman. Despite their best effort, Redman was able to pour in 17 points and corral 14 rebounds.
“Our big man Cooper – who was supposed to guard Redman – was out with the flu, which made Brock a concern,” Coach Dawson said. “In the beginning, they were trying to feed Brock, and we gave up a lot of rebounds in the first half.”
After turning in yet another double-double, Redman and the Wolverines (0-4, 2-12) will look to get back into the win column when they travel to Briar Woods on January 24. Loudoun Valley (4-0, 11-3) looks to continue their surge through the district when they host Broad Run on January 24.
Loudoun Valley Stats
|Loudoun Valley||Points||Rebounds||Assists||Steals||Blocks||Free Throws|