Alexander, Berger have big opening weeks | Inside the PD

Rewinding a busy first week in Peninsula District basketball:

BOYS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Greg Alexander, Kecoughtan. The senior wing scored 55 points as the Warriors went 2-1. He had 25 in an opening-night win over Denbigh. Alexander, who has signed with East Carolina, had six 3-pointers for the week.

Others of note: Phoebus’ Josh Davis (44 points in two games), Bethel’s Rakeen Brown (47 points in two games).

GIRLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Khadijah Berger, Hampton. The Crabbers’ junior guard scored 51 points in a 2-0 week that included the game-winner against Bethel. (More on that below). She looks to have added some strength to her game from last season.

Others of note: Woodside’s Adrienne Motley (51 points in two wins), Kecoughtan’s Chelsey Romero (41 points in two wins).

FINISH OF THE WEEK: Hampton trailed Bethel by with less than a minute left, but Berger hit a pull-up 3-pointer to make it 48-47 with 44 seconds left. After Bethel added a free throw, Berger went 2-for-2 from the line to tie it.

Bethel’s Keli Foster then went 1-for 2 to put the Bruins up 50-49 6.6 seconds left. But Berger hit a runner from just inside the 3-point arc at the buzzer to win it.

BEST HOMECOMING: With his new running mates at Oak Hill, Troy Williams returned to the Peninsula with a 24-point, 15-rebound, four-assist (and four-dunk) night in a 82-45 win over Kecoughtan. He started the game with an alley-oop slam.

BEST DEBUT: After transferring from Heritage over the summer, Josh Davis scored 31 points in his first game at Phoebus, a 97-80 win over Warwick.

GETTING TO THE LINE: In two games, Hampton’s girls have already attempted 75 free throws. That’s the good news for the Crabbers. The bad news is they’ve made only 38 (50.7 percent).

ON TAP THIS WEEK: Tuesday night, Woodside (2-0, 2-0) visits Hampton (2-0, 2-0) in a game between two of the three undefeated teams on the girls’ side. Should be a good one-on-one matchup between Motley and Berger. On Friday, the top game is Bethel (1-2, 1-1) at Phoebus (1-1, 1-1) in boys.


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