Gobblers Now 21-4
After Beating Hidden Valley, SHS Next Up
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Before Tuesday night’s 3A West regional semifinal, “Children’s Story” by Slick Rick bumped over the PA system, just as the Broadway High School girls’ basketball team was being introduced.
BHS coach Bobby Mongold, a lover of old-school hip hop and rap, would have liked an encore for the penultimate play of the game: a Hidden Valley inbounds from under the BHS hoop, with the Titans down by three and 4.4 seconds on the clock.
“I was hoping he’d play some more ‘Children’s Story’ [to relax us],” Mongold joked.
Turns out, the Gobblers didn’t need it.
Yessina Garay’s inbounds pass — defended by the rangy Erin Earhart — bounced off a practice hoop pushed up against the ceiling and back out of bounds, giving Broadway possession and a 56-53 victory at Monticello High School that clinched a bid to 3A state tournament.
It is believed to be the second state appearance in school history. The first was two years ago, and Mongold said his players were the reason for the renaissance.
“A lot of hard work by the girls,” the fourth-year coach said. “We have girls that buy in, and that’s coach-speak, but they truly do — just like that last possession. Erin Earhart goes in. She’s as big as she can be and makes the girl throw it over top of her. We talk all the time that someone always seems to step up, and it’s someone different every game.”
BHS (21-4) advanced to the regional title game Friday against Spotswood (24-1), which routed Northside in the first semifinal Tuesday at Monticello. The time and site of the regional final are to be determined. Originally, the game was to be at MHS, but the schools now hope to play it at a neutral site in the Harrisonburg area.
Both BHS and SHS already have qualified for the states, which, in the new 6A format, consist of just a semifinal and a final.
To get there, the Gobblers got 15 points from freshman forward Faith Funkhouser, including a couple of clutch baskets in traffic down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
“I saw it was open,” the 14-year-old Funkhouser said, referring to the lane. “And I really wanted to score because we were down.”
Broadway and Hidden Valley traded leads 10 times, with the Titans going ahead in the third quarter for the last time after BHS blew an eight-point lead by getting outscored 15-4 in the period. The Gobblers went about 10½ minutes without a field goal.
They retook the lead for good with 2:04 left in the game on a Funkhouser layup.
“She doesn’t play like a freshman,” Mongold said. “I mean, that take — that finish down there late in the game was a senior-type play. … She’s learning to play in the moment. There were several games this year where she tried to take over for us when we needed somebody to take over.”
Sophomore guard Chrissy Delawder added 13 points, all in the first half, and senior forward Brianna Zook — who got battered all night under the hoop — had 12 for BHS, which won despite poor free-throw shooting. For the game, the Gobblers made just 19 of 29 from the line, and just 12 of 22 in the second half.
But Broadway managed to hang on. After Hidden Valley’s inbounds caromed out of bounds, all the Gobblers had to do was inbound it for the win.
“I just held out,” said Zook, who took the final inbounds pass. “And I knew they would come out and foul me.”
Singleton 2 3-6 8, Freeland 6 2-7 15, Garay 4 2-4 10, Dooley 1 2-2 4, Yancey 1 0-1 2, Stuart 5 0-0 12, Mitchell 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 9-20 53.
Alger 3 0-0 8, Bergan 1 0-0 2, MacDonald 0 3-4 3, Funkhouser 6 2-3 15, Zook 3 6-13 12, Delawder 2 5-5 13, Earhart 0 2-2 2, Repko 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 19-29 56.
Hidden Valley 11 18 15 9 — 53
Broadway 13 22 4 17 — 56
3-point goals—Hidden Valley 4 (Stuart 2, Singleton 1, Freeland 1), Broadway 5 (Alger 2, Delawder 2, Funkhouser 1). Fouled out—none. Total fouls—Hidden Valley 21, Broadway 20