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Rockbridge County showed up for Friday night's tilt at Staunton River with the highly-touted Andrew Rowsey in tow.
The young man proved to be everything he was advertised to be. How often do you see a 5'11" player taking the opening tip-off? Well, there was Rowsey doing just that for Rockbridge.
From that point forward, the Eagles had no answer for him. As a result, the reigning Blue Ridge District Player of he Year scored an astounding 43 points.
That's astounding until you realize that he's put up as many as 60 in a game this year.
"He can play," said Staunton River Head Coach Brandon Harris after the game. "He's the best we've seen in a while around here."
The coach was still shaking his head long after the 71-53 Rockbridge game was finalized.
Still, there was something positive to be gained from the Golden Eagles' first loss in district play. "We gain by seeing that level of play," said Harris. "(Rowsey) is a measuring stick of what a D-1 player is."
Rowsey has reportedly committed to play for UNC-Asheville next year.
Staunton River was led by Deshawn Martin's 12 points. Ramir Hunt and Drew Phillips each had nine, while Jordan Overstreet and Madisyn Viera each kicked in eight.
In other Eagle action
Heritage is widely considered to be the favorite to take the Seminole District and to make a lot of noise at levels beyond that.
How good are they? Well, Staunton River got a taste of it in falling to the Pioneers, 64-33. Heritage turned up the juice in the third quarter, going on a 26-6 tear and putting it out of reach.
While nine players scored for the Golden Eagles, none managed to reach double digits. Ramir Hunt and Drew Phillips led the team with seven points, apiece.
Heritage was paced by Quinten Trent and Theodore Turpin, who each put up a ten-spot.
JF falls to Lancers
Jefferson Forest absorbed its first loss in district play, falling to Amherst, 66-65.
The loss comes in spite of a 30-point performance by Cav Jake Johnston. Tyler Lucy came through with 21.
Here is the take-away from this one. There are four Division 4 teams in the Seminole District: JF, Amherst, Heritage and E.C. Glass. Only two of them will move on to Region III play. We wouldn't dare make a bet on which two it will be.