Richmond — For the first time in history, both the girls and boys basketball teams from George Mason High School in Falls Church are playing in Virginia High School League championship games. The games are here today, with the Mustang girls playing Gate City (far southwest) at 3 p.m. followed by the Mustang boys playing Lancaster (Mason Neck) at 5 p.m. Both championships are for Group A Division 2 schools. The girls will be competing for their fourth state title, having won in 1998, 2009 and 2010. Last season they lost in the semifinals here. The boys are in Mason’s first state title game since they won it all in 1955 before the modern VHSL system was created in the mid-1970s. Teams lost in the semifinals in 2001 and last year. Again today, the Mason boys team will be playing without its star forward, senior Nate Ogle, out with a broken wrist.
Mason VS Gate City
5:11 p.m. FINAL Mason 50-47
5:09 p.m. 18 seconds to go, Mason 49-47. GC full time out.
5:07 p.m. 38 seconds, Mason 49-46. 4 straight free thrown in last minute by Lauren Kane.
5:04 p.m. 45 seconds left in 4th, Mason 47-46. Time out.
5:03 p.m. 1:22 4th, Mason 47-44
5:02 p.m. 1:24 4th, Mason 45-44
4:58 p.m. 2:28 4th, Mason 42-41. Time out.
4:55 p.m. 3:12 4th, Mason 42-41. Alexander scores. Time out.
4:53 p.m. 4:22 4th, Cheney fouls out. Gate 41-40
4:47 p.m. 6:13 4th, Gate City 37-36.
4:43 p.m. After 3rd, Gate City 36-34. Cheney picks up fourth foul on questionable charge, Mason scores only once in final 3:51 of the third period.
4:37 p.m. 2:20 3rd, Gate City 35-34. Cheney picks up fourth foul.
4:33 p.m. 3:43 3rd, Mason 32-31 Cheney hits. Time out.
4:32 p.m. 4:13 3rd, Gate City 31-30
4:28 p.m. 5:39 3rd, Mason 29-27
4:16 p.m. Cold in the first quarter, Gate City’s ace Morgan Gose, coming off 44 points in the semifinal game, caught on fire in the second period as Gate City roared back from a 21-9 deficit with 3:43 left before halftime to close the gap to 21-19 at 1:59 to go, and to within two of the George Mason Mustang girls at the half, 25-23. Gose had 7 in the 2nd period, while Stephanie Cheney had 10 rebounds for Mason. But the Mustangs were 4-for-13 from the foul stripe, and Ashley Alexander picked up 3 fouls and Cheney two. Lauren Kane leads Mason scorers at the half with 8, and Cheney has 7.
4:10 p.m. Half: Mason 25-23
4:06 p.m. 1:35 2nd, Mason 24-19
3:57 p.m. 3:54 2nd, Mason 21-9
3:54 p.m. 4:36 2nd, Mason 17-9; 3-pointer by Alexander, shot blocking by Kane and Cheney key.
3:50 p.m. 6:30 2nd, Mason 14-7
3:48 p.m. Fouls after 1st quarter: Alexander 2, Kane 1,Cheney 1. 7 Mason turnovers.
3:45 p.m. End of lst quarter, Mason 10-7; Kane 6 points.
3:40 p.m. 2:13 lst, 7-7 tie
3:37 p.m. 3:28 lst, time out; fouls, turnovers plague Mason in early play. Kane 4, Cheney 2, Kelly 1. Mason 7-5.
3:34 p.m. 4:03 lst, Mason 6-5
3:29 p.m. 6:50 1st, Mason 4-1