Saturday marked the final day of the high school basketball season with schools vying for VHSL state championships in Richmond.
Four local teams played at VCU's Siegel Center:
GROUP A DIVISION 2 GIRLS
Floyd County 72, Central-Wise 62 - The Buffaloes won an intense, physical game 72-62 over the Warriors. Amanda Hollandsworth led all scorers with 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as well. Christene Phillips added 19 points as Floyd won its fourth state championship and first since 2008.
Floyd County coach Travis Cantrell said, "That was one of the most physical teams we have played all year by far. We matched it and we were able to play through a lot of bumps and bangs. And it was on both ends, we're a physical team. I'm sure it was kind of a fun, physical game to watch."
Hollandsworth praised her teammates for her big night, "It wasn't me it was my teammates looking and finding me when I was open. It was mostly them. We worked so hard for this. I just know that we worked all year. And last year our season ended way too early for us and I know this year we wanted to push til the end. And we got this far, it's great."
Maria Kuchenbuch ended her senior year on top, "It's been amazing, there's no better feeling than this. All of my hard work. All of me and Haley's hard work has gone into this and I'm just so glad we could go out on top this year."
GROUP A DIVISION 2 BOYS
Radford 72, Gate City 58 - The Bobcats trailed 30-27 at halftime but came from behind to win the state title 72-58 over Gate City. It is Radford's fourth state championship and third in the last five years.
Radford head coach Rick Cormany said, "I thought as the game wore on, we just felt like our bench really started to get into their legs a little bit. They were missing some free throws, missing some shots. Gosh, what a good team. I think the two best teams played for this state championship. I told our guys that, this is the way it's supposed to be."
Dee Cook commented on his big night, "I started a couple times but he really trusted me and knew that I could do this. And my teammates trust me too, so it felt really good to be able to do that and get the victory for this team."
Josh Little saw Gate City wearing down, "You could notice the fatigue a little bit and I think that's largely due to our bench and our depth. Those guys work just as hard as we do as soon as they step on the floor. I give a lot of credit to those guys. Everybody on the team just ran today."
GROUP AA DIVISION 4 GIRLS
Salem 51, Courtland 44 - The Lady Spartans used their typically tough defense to build a lead over Courtland and then hit enough free throws down the stretch to clinch a 51-44 victory. Wake Forest commit Tay Taylor ended her illustrious career with 22 points. Salem was making its third-straight appearance in Richmond but this was its first appearance in the title game. It is the first state championship for the girls basketball team.
Salem head coach DeWayne Harrell said, "They did a good job believing in themselves. Our defense has gotten us through the last few games and they just trusted the defense. I think we shut them down on offense. They got 16, 17 free throws but they didn't have an offense. We did a good job containing their players and disrupting their offense."
Tay Taylor looked forward to the celebration, "I'm waiting on going back to school and having everybody giving us high fives, going through the hallways telling us good job, and just cherishing the moment for right now."
Kim Migliarese relished the victory, "This is just a great feeling. I don't think it has really hit me yet. I tried crying, but I just couldn't. It's just a great feeling going out. We've worked so hard for this now three, four years on varsity. This was definitely our year to get it and we worked really hard for this."
GROUP AA DIVISION 4 BOYS
Salem 56, Grafton 48 - Immediately after the girls game, the Spartan boys made it back-to-back titles for Salem. They led 25-21 at halftime of this closely contested game before defeating Grafton 56-48. Matt Hill had 20 points and 11 rebounds while Alex Light added 14 points and 14 boards.
Salem head coach Kevin Garst said, "I'm just so proud of these guys. And I'm just so happy for our players. Like I told them after the game in the lockerroom, I don't think they really know what's hit them yet. But this is something that they'll remember for the rest of their lives."
Matt Hill said it was a team effort, "We all came together and played great as one team. Once again we were out-talented. But Troy did a great job shutting down that one kid. He's a heck of a player. Will got in their guards, got in their heads. Good Lord, I don't know what to say, I'm speechless. Very few people get to go out with a win in their last game and I'm just so grateful for all the coaches and players and all that."