It took an extra month, but the Mustangs finally got their championship.
After the concluding day of December’s Battlefield Tip-Off Tournament was delayed due to a snowstorm, the George Mason High School varsity girls basketball team made up the final and bested AAA powerhouse Robinson High School in a rare Saturday night slate 46-43.
In what Mason coach LaBryan Thomas referred to as a great all-around effort, the Mustangs bested the Rams (8-5) behind sophomore Lauren Kane’s 16 points. The defending single A state champions held off Robinson, the largest public school in Virginia with a high school enrollment of just under 3,000.
Senior guard Chantal Thomas chipped in 10 points as Mason dominated the post throughout the game. Senior forward Nicole Mitchell had 11 rebounds while freshman Stepanie Cheney tacked on 11 boards.
The Mustangs, in the middle of a six-contest winning streak, hit the court next with the biggest two-game stretch of the year. Mason goes on the road next Tuesday to rival Clarke County before hosting undefeated and state-ranked No. 1 Strasburg High on Thursday.
For more on Mason’s big win over Robinson, see next Thursday’s News-Press print edition.