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Mason Boys & Girls Hoops Open Regional Tourneys at Home Wednesday

The George Mason High School girls basketball team had its Region B playoff opener at home against Strasburg rescheduled from Tuesday to Wednesday, as the visitors were unable to travel because of inclement weather.

On Wednesday, Mason High will enjoy a basketball double header as the boys play in their Region B opener against Appoomattox at 6 p.m., followed by the rescheduled girls game against Strasburg at 8 p.m.

While the delay makes for a fun double-header on Wednesday, it is far from an ideal situation for the Mason girls. If the team wins, as it is favored to do, the Mustangs would play Thursday night in the Region B semifinals (held at a neutral site: this year it’s at Strasburg High).

“It’s going to be really hard,” said Mason head coach LaBryan Thomas “Playing back to back in regionals, it’s going to be a challenge.

“We’re in a situation if you lose, you go home,” he added.

While Mason still must defeat Strasburg to advance, one can’t blame if the Mustangs feel confident. Mason defeated Strasburg 59-26 and 61-23 earlier this season.
“We have to stay focus and deal with the task at hand,” Thomas said. “It’s a one-game situation. We’ll have to come out and play hard.”

The Mason girls earned their way into hosting a Region B quarterfinal game after defeating Clarke County 55-32 at home last Thursday to capture the Bull Run District title.

“It’s a good thing, especially for the younger girls who’ve never won a district title,” Thomas said. “I’m happy for them.”

The boys won their Bull Run District crown 53-44, also with a victory over Clarke. Heading into the Region B quarterfinals on Wednesday, the boys boasted an 18-5 record, while the girls stood at 19-5.