The rivalry game between the Culpeper Blue Devils and Eastern View Cyclones is one of the most anticipated basketball games of the year.
The junior varsity girls basketball teams were first up to renew the rivalry on the basketball court for the 2018-19 season.
Both teams put up a battle, but it was the Eastern View girls coming out on top with a 41-36 win, thanks to a big fourth quarter run.
“The rivalry is definitely a big thing,” Eastern View head coach Hannah Wingard said. “It’s real. Many of these girls on both teams have played with each other before and are friends. During the game, however, we aren’t friends.”
“This is our third game of the season and we’re 3-0. We are improving each game and they’re taking it all in and are continuing to get better.”
After the first quarter the score was locked at 12-12.
The Cyclones held the Blue Devils without a field goal for the first five and a half minutes and built a 17-12 lead in the second quarter.
Culpeper responded by going on a 6-0 run to end the period, taking a 18-17 lead into halftime.
Autumn Fairfax, who lead all scorers on the night, finished the game with 21 points. She had 10 at the half.
“Tonight was kind of Autumn’s show,” Culpeper head coach Cody Young said. “She did a great job tonight and there were a few things that she could have done better, but she knows that. A lot of people, I think, wouldn’t have given us a shot to even be in the game at all. I’m really proud of our effort tonight. We’ll be fine, we just need to tighten up a few things.”
The third quarter remained tight between the two squads, but the Cyclones took a 25-23 lead going into the final quarter and never looked back.
Destiny Washington, who lead Eastern View with 19 points of her own, tacked on nine points in the fourth to help put the game away.
The Cyclones went on a huge 11-2 run, forcing Culpeper to take a timeout with 4:47 remaining.
The Blue Devils fought back and tried to make a comeback, cutting the Cyclone lead to four.
Eastern View secured the rebounds on the final shot attempts by the Blue Devils and put the game out of reach.
Aveonna Sloane finished with 10 points and Khloe Bowles added eight for the Cyclones.
Kaylee Kramer finished with five points for Culpeper.
Stephanie Olinger is a correspondent for the Star-Exponent.