Purcellville, VA (February 10, 2021) - So here we go again. For the fourth time in this COVID shortened season, it was the Tuscarora Huskies against the Loudoun Valley Vikings. For the third time, the game was played at Loudoun Valley. For the second time (in a week) a title was at stake. But, for the first time that title was the Region 4C championship.

Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.

In the Dulles District final, the Huskies had nearly pulled off a huge upset. Playing with grit and determination and ferocious energy they scrambled  to stay with the Vikings only to fall short in the last minute, 47-43.

But this game felt different from the start. Tuscarora didn't seem to have the same level of energy while Loudoun Valley's pressing zone defense--which they opened the game with--was forcing the Huskies out of their offense. By the end of the first quarter the Vikings had opened a solid lead, 15-7.

Tuscarora had a much better second quarter and actually reduced Loudoun Valley's margin a bit. The Vikings shut down Grace Middleton, but other Huskies were picking up the scoring slack and the team had settled down their overall game. At halftime, it was 21-15, Vikings.

The third period was when the Vikings simply took over the game. Led by Louis Volker in the middle, the Valley offense was efficient and poised and made few mistakes. Tuscarora was forced to step up the pace to try to catch back up, but the home team was quick to get back into their defensive formation and would not allow the Huskies to gain any momentum. At the break, it was 34-22.

But Tuscarora--hustling as they did in the previous meeting--finally managed to find a short surge early in the fourth quarter. They brought the lead down to seven points before Valley had one final push to put the game out of reach and a a championship trophy in their hands.

Final Score: Loudoun Valley 45 - Tuscarora 33

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