Meridian Girls Clinch Area, Host State Final Game Friday


By Becki Credo

Photo: Becki Creed

Last Friday, the Meridian High Varsity Girls basketball team won the Region 3B Championship, beating the Brentsville District 67-22 before a strong turnout at Meridian Gymnasium. The team was led by leading scorer Junior Elizabeth Creed (25 points), Junior Peyton Jones (14 points) and Senior Zoraida Icabalceta (12 points). Icabalceta reached the milestone of 1,000 points in his Mustang career.
The Mustangs’ next game, the first round of the Class 3 State Finals, is at their home gym this Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m.

Following last year’s historic undefeated season (District, Region and State Champions), Meridian High School Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team (currently 22-1) is chasing another championship Class 3 state. The Mustangs’ stifling defense has earned them victories over much larger local schools in out-of-district games, including West Springfield, Fairfax, Falls Church and Washington-Liberty. In December, the girls beat Spotswood 43-30, the same team they beat last year to win the state title. And most recently, in mid-February, they beat Class 6 powerhouse Alexandria City 63-54.
After going undefeated in district games (9-0), the Mustangs once again won the Northwest District Championship and Region 3B Championship. In the region final last Friday night, Meridian beat the Brentsville District 67-22 in front of its biggest (and loudest) home crowd of the season. Junior Elizabeth Creed led all scorers with 25 points. Junior Peyton Jones added 14 points, senior Zoraida Icabalceta with 12 points, senior Bella Paradiso with 6 points, seniors Megan Tremblay and Sydney Longer with 4 points each and senior Rianna Arsenault with 2 points. With his 12 points, Icabalceta surpassed the milestone of 1,000 points in his Mustang career, which was recognized during the game with a stoppage in play and the presentation of a commemorative game ball in honor of his achievement. Icabalceta has committed to playing basketball for Ithaca College next year.
As Region 3B champions, the Mustangs will host the state quarterfinal on Friday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Mustang Gym. They will face the second seed from Region 3A (the loser of the New Kent-Lakeland game to be played on Tuesday, March 1). Tickets are $10 and only available through the GoFan app.
If the Mustangs win the state quarterfinal, they will host the state semifinal on Monday, March 7. The Class 3 state championship game is scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center in Richmond.


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