Norview guard Jaylani Darden goes to the hoop vs. Bethel (Photo: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
Jaylani Darden leads Norview with 18 points in their playoff opener
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Norview went on a run early and never looked back.
The Pilots staked themselves to a double-digit first quarter lead as they converted their first four shots from the floor.
“In the first round of the playoffs, my main thing was not to be beaten by the underdog,” said Norview head coach Ricardo Foster. “When you’re the top seed, everybody’s gunning for you. In the last two years, we’ve been the lower seed and we won. We didn’t want to be the top seed only to come out and get that loss.”
“We wanted to control the pace of the game at all times, offensively and defensively. We wanted to keep the game at a pace that we could control, not let those guys get out and get shots and not let the big fella (Marcus Banks) get those blocks and rebounds.”
In support of Jaylani Darden’s 18 point effort, Norview had Jasiya Stevenson finish with 15 points and Jahn Hines contributed 12 points giving the Pilots three players in double-digits on the night.
“We have a disciplined team. We’re senior heavy. Those guys are very experienced. They play strong. They’re very mature and they stay composed at all times,” Foster stated. “In our guard play, we may not match up size-wise against a lot of these teams, but our guard play (is strong). High school ball is a guard driven game and that plays out in our favor.”
Norview’s win puts them in the Region 5A semifinal against Kecoughtan, who won their quarterfinal match up against Indian River, 69-62. Play moves to the Norfolk Scope on Friday for the Semifinal round where Norview meets Kecoughtan at 6 p.m., followed by the other semifinal. That side of the bracket plays tonight as Maury (17-5) faces Princess Anne (15-6) and Kempsville (16-7) plays #2 seed Green Run (19-3). Both games will be played at Green Run High School.
– Andy Hilton