The young Hampton High boys basketball team took another step forward in its development, defeating Denbigh 58-40 Friday night to gain a berth in a bracket championship game of the Ronald Curry Holiday Tournament at Boo Williams Sportsplex.
Bethel was hoping to make Saturday night's final an all-Peninsula District affair in the R.C. Perkins Funeral Home Division, but the Bruins lost 82-71 to Edison of Northern Virginia in the first semifinal.
Edison, whose dark blue visiting jerseys were adorned with the letters "TAE" (for scientific pioneer Thomas Alva Edison, the school's namesake), will meet the Crabbers at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Denbigh and Bethel will square off at 6 p.m. for third place.
In that bracket's consolation draw, Isaiah Moore hit the winning shot and Joey Miller scored 22 points, leading Grafton to a 44-42 victory over Warwick.
Grafton, bouncing back from Thursday's down-to-the-wire loss to Bethel, earned a spot in Saturday's 4 p.m. fifth-place game against Freedom High of Woodbridge. Warwick fell to the seventh-place game versus Osbourn Park at 2.
Williamsburg Christian Academy, the only area team in the eight-team Allstate bracket, beat a team from Melbourne, Australia, 76-49 to improve to 2-0 in the tournament. Xavier Green scored 23 for the Eagles.
Stephanie Seaman had a team-high 16 points and added five steals and five assists to lead Williamsburg Christian Academy past St. Gertrude of Richmond 66-46, improving the Eagles to 13-0 and advancing them to the championship game of the State Farm-Boo Williams Division.
Tonika Pierce and Charnissa Chillers added 13 points each and Aquazia Jones scored 11 for WCA, which led 41-21 at halftime.
WCA will play for the championship against Holton-Arms, a Maryland team that held on to defeat Cape Henry Collegiate 47-39.
Bethel became the only Peninsula District girls squad to reach a championship game. The Bruins did so with a 51-43 triumph over Western High of Baltimore in the Allstate-Breon Rose Division.
In that division's other semi, Woodside lost to Ocean Lakes 58-42 as the Dolphins' Shrita Parker poured in 28 points.
Alicea Johnson had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Dolphins, who dropped the Wolverines into the third-place game against Western.
In the AirBritt Division, Phoebus fell 64-62 in a semifinal to Bayside. The Marlins' Takerra Parsons, who had 23 points and 11 rebounds, converted the winning basket with 10 seconds remaining. ...
In consolation play, Hampton defeated Largo (Md.) 66-55 to reach the R.C. Perkins Funeral Home Division fifth-place game against Lake Taylor.
Lake Taylor's Titans, who are rebuilding after winning the final VHSL Group AAA championship last season, beat St. Frances Academy (Md.) 64-58. ...
In the Bon Secours Division, post player Brianna Hill scored 20 points to lead Surry County to a 55-48 consolation victory over Denbigh. The Patriots couldn't quite overtake the Cougars in the final quarter.
Surry will play for fifth place against West Point, which overcame Amelia 49-43. The game was tied late, but Jesse Booker made her last four free throws and the Pointers' defense made crucial stops.
In the Fazoli's Division, Heritage defeated Osbourn 50-36 in the back draw to reach the fifth-place game against Massaponax, a Fredericksburg-area team.
Menchville lost 44-39 to Booker T. Washington in a consolation game. The Monarchs will play for seventh place in their bracket Saturday.