patrick_henryRADFORD -- As members of the Three Rivers District, the Glenvar High School basketball programs are very familiar with the confines of the Radford gymnasium, a regular district stop.

And although the Highlander boys and girls teams came out on different ends of their respective Region C Division 2 championship games played back-to-back in that facility Saturday night, the coaches of those two squads found positives. Both will be playing in the Group A state championship tournament next weekend, as will their Saturday night foes.

The Highlander girls (22-5) defeated Patrick Henry-Glade Spring 54-39 in the nightcap, avenging a loss to the Rebels (22-5) in the regional semifinals a year ago. In the first game, the Fort Chiswell boys (20-6) held off a Glenvar rally and won 56-49.

The Glenvar boys (18-9) are only two years removed from an 0-22 campaign, a remarkable turnaround that was not lost on first-year coach David Redding.

"We're not going to hang our heads," Redding said. "Our goal is to get to Richmond and that's still within our reach. We're just going to have to do it on the road."

But that's OK with Redding, who said that the familiarity of the Radford gym may have worked against his team.

"I think we may have been too comfortable," Redding joked.

Fort Chiswell used a substantial size advantage to open an 11-6 first quarter lead.

The Pioneers got 22 combined points from inside bruisers Coleman Thomas and Nathaniel Worrell, and Fort Chiswell won the rebounding battle 19-11.

"I think our height and length bothered them a little bit," said Pioneers coach Derrick Jackson, who won his first regional title in his sixth season as head coach of his alma mater. "I think our zone bothered them a little bit, too. But they sure did hit their free throws."

Glenvar was 7 of 7 from the free throw line but turned the ball over 20 times.

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Photo by Matt Gentry, Roanoke Times

Karlyn East led the Highlanders with 23 points, 17 of those coming in the second half.

The Pioneers concentrated their defense on Glenvar's outside threat Tyler Crockett, holding the guard to just eight points on 3 of- 11 shooting.

Glenvar's Ryan Jones hit a spectacular shot at the end of the third quarter, lunging for a long rebound and tipping it into the basket at the buzzer. That score cut the Pioneers' lead to three (38-35), but the Highlanders could get no closer.

Glenvar's girls overcame a 22-19 deficit by outscoring the Rebels 35-17 in the second half.

Like their male counterparts, the Glenvar girls spotted their opponents a considerable size advantage and Highlanders coach Nick Stewart made some adjustments in his game plan at halftime.

"We tried to speed the game up, apply some pressure and get them out of their comfort zone," Stewart said. "It seemed to work."

The Highlanders did not commit a turnover in the third period while forcing PH into five miscues.

Kayla DeHart scored seven points in a 90-second span at the start of the fourth period and suddenly Glenvar held an 11-point lead (45-34).

DeHart finished with a game-high 18 points. Guards Jessi Strom and Kanisha Wiley each added 11 points.

In the fourth period, Glenvar made five of six shots from the field and five of seven free throws.

The Highlanders were more agile and mobile and were able to kill considerable clock by dribbling through the Rebel defense.

"We're proud of our ballhandling abilities," Stewart said.

Cadence Wilmouth and Kasey Uecker led PH with 16 and 12 points, respectively.

GLENVAR (18-9)

Crockett 3 0-0 8, Williams 0 0-0 0, Bonds 1 0-0 2, East 8 5-5 23, Hodges 5 2-2 12, Fox 0 0-0 0, Newman 0 0-0 0, Jones 2 0-0 4. Totals 19 7-7 49.

FORT CHISWELL (20-6)

C. Mabry 4 1-2 9, Gravely 4 5-7 13, Hamm 1 1-2 4, Thomas 4 1-4 9, Worrell 5 2-2 13, Mooney 1 0-0 3, B. Mabry 1 0-0 2, Perry 1 1-1 3. Totals 21 11-18 56.

Glenvar 6 13 16 14 - 49

Fort Chiswell 11 12 15 18 - 56

3-point goals -- Glenvar 4 (Crockett 2, East 2), Fort Chiswell -- 3 (Mooney, Gravely, Worrell). Total fouls -- Glenvar 13, Fort Chiswell 9. Fouled out -- none.

GLENVAR (22-5)

Strom 5 0-0 11, DeHart 6 5-6 18, Wiley 4 3-5 11, Meador 1 1-2 3, McKee 2 2-2 6, Wilbourne 2 0-0 5. Totals 20 11-15 54.

PATRICK HENRY-GLADE SPRING (22-5)

C. Wilmouth 6 2-2 16, Uecker 5 1-2 12, Yarber 1 0-0 2, T. Wilmouth 0 0-0 0, Copenhaver 2 0-0 6, McCauley 1 0-0 3. Totals 15 3-4 39.

Glenvar 7 12 19 16 -54PH-Glade Spring 12 10 8 9 - 39

3-point goals -- Glenvar 3 (Wilbourne, Strom, DeHart), PH-Gladespring 6 (C. Wilmouth 2, Copenhaver 2, Uecker, McCauley). Totals fouls -- Glenvar 9, PH-Gladespring 13. Fouled out -- none.

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