|DEC. 3, 2014- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM
Basketball preview: Virginia Conference 13 girls
Edison (25-4), Mount Vernon (22-7), Wakefield (12-12)
G Jada Graves, Edison, 5-9, Jr.
G Chanise Ray, Mount Vernon, 5-7, Jr.
G Summer Matlack, 5-5, Wakefield, So.
|FEB. 14, 2015- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM
Girls’ basketball: Wakefield knocks off Mount Vernon
Wakefield Coach Marcia Richardson feels her team will have a target on its back entering the postseason after Friday night’s 62-48 victory over Mount Vernon. The Warriors (13-9, 8-3 Conference 13) received 22 points from senior forward Lyric Hatcher and 17 from sophomore guard Summer Matlack. This win over Mount Vernon (13-9, 7-4) ended a 19-game skid against the Majors. Wakefield has now won eight of its last nine games.
“If we can continue to grow from tonight, I think the sky’s the limit,” Richardson said. “We are in a position to compete. Every coach can say you’re peaking but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” For the Majors, junior guard Chanise Ray scored 15.
Wakefield will play its first Conference 13 tournament game on Tuesday, though Richardson said she won’t find out the Warriors’ opponent until Saturday morning. “People are going to be talking about us now,” she said. “Now it becomes different. The playing field is different. Enjoy it while you can but we still want to be in the hunt to vie for a regional championship.”
|FEB. 28, 2015- INSIDE NOVA.COM
Wakefield teams eliminated in region boys and girls tournaments
Tonight brought a big disappointing double whammy of defeat for the Wakefield Warriors as the boys and girls basketball teams had their seasons end with losses in the 5A North Region Tournaments.
The Wakefield girls (16-11) lost on the road in Leesburg to the Tuscarora Huskies, 65-63. Against Tuscarora (21-2), Wakefield took early lead behind four points and five rebounds from La'Shea Thomas in first quarter, led 15-12 at end of one. Tuscarora got hot in second, hit 10 of 14 shots to lead 35-33 at half.
The game was tied at 48 entering the fourth quarter. A pair of layups by Summer Matlack and basket by Lyrin Hatcher gave Warriors a 58-54 lead with 4:49 left. Tuscarora used 9-2 spurt to take 63-60 lead with 1:30 to play. Lyric Hatcher's put-back cut margin to one with 19 seconds to go, but Huskies threw ball over press for clinching bucket with 11 seconds left.
Wakefield had 40-18 edge in rebounding, but committed 22 turnovers. Matlack led Wakefield with 18 points. Lyric Hatcher had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Thomas had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Olivia Ceccato-Bayne had seven points and six boards, Lyrin Hatcher had seven points and five caroms. Tamara Jackson scored other 2 points.
|MAR. 13, 2015- INSIDE NOVA.COM
Wakefield High School basketball players chosen all-region
Two players each from the Wakefield High School girls and boys basketball squads were chosen to 5A North Region teams because of their performances during the 2014-15 season. From the girls, which finished 16-11, including a 3-2 playoff record, sophomore guard Summer Matlack was chosen first-team all-region and senior forward Lyric Hatcher made second team. The two helped the Wakefield girls finish second in the Capitol Conference Tournament, then go 1-1 in the region tourney.
|MAR. 16, 2015- WHS CHIEF.COM
Girls Make History At Wakefield
Myisha Ferguson '17, Juan Torres '18
In a year with a lot of first, on Friday, February 27th the Girls Basketball team added their name to the list; they made history when they won their first Regional playoff game! Bonus? It was on Wakefield’s court. Our Warriors beat the Panthers, 49-47. The game was a match up against two talented Northern Virginia teams. Let’s see what some of the key players had to say about making history that day.
Sophomore and Point Guard Summer Matlack #3 woke up that morning not knowing that she would be the one to make the winning shot to win the game and take her team to the next round. Summer said about her position and role for the team, “I remember that I am the point-guard so people pay attention to me, I am the leader so it’s my job to stay focused and to refocus my team.” Her favorite moment that night was in the locker room after the win. Athletic Director, Ms. Deskins, recorded that moment here. She wants to “become more vocal…a more vocal leader” as she continues into the 2015-2016 school year.
The pressure was on. The team had just lost on Tuesday on Edison’s court. It was a tough game. They were in 2nd going into the first game of the regional playoffs just three days later. The Massaponax Panthers started the game with 5 unanswered points. After that sputtering start, the Wakefield Warriors tied the game, 10-10, by the final minutes in the 1st quarter. The race began up and down the court. The score bounce back and forth. At the end of the 3rd quarter, our girls were winning, 36-35. With such a close game, everyone was leaning forward in the stands, anxious to see which side of the score board would have the most points at the final buzzer.
As the 4th quarter progressed, the Panthers pulled ahead. With 5 minutes left in the game, our ladies were down but not out, 37-44. (Thanks, Ms. Deskins! Your Twitter account #islife.) With seconds left, they tied it, 47-47. As the ladies made one final run down court, La’Shea Thomas cleared the way for Summer Matlack to make the game winning 2 pointer. As a complete team, our ladies held their own and earned their first Regional play off game win.
|APR. 9, 2015- HENRICO COUNTY SPORTS.NET
VHSL 5A All-State Basketball Teams Announced
VHSL GROUP 5A GIRLS:
Taja Cole--L.C. Bird
Ariel Stephenson--Prince George
CeCe Crudup--Highland Springs
Jada Graves--Thomas Edison
Megan Hendrick--Thomas Edison
Gadiva Hubbard--Princess Anne
Mariah Leonard--Broad Run
5A State Girls Basketball Player of The Year: Taja Cole--L.C. Bird
5A State Girls Basketball Coach of The Year: Darnell Dozier--Princess Anne