By Krystle Bono, Submitted Photo
For the second straight season, the Chincoteague Ponies girls varsity club claimed the Eastern Shore District Championship tournament title, as well as the regular season championship. The girls earned the district title last Thursday, cementing their spot at the top of the district tier after winning their match up with the Arcadia Firebirds in Oak Hall, led by senior Caroline Thornton, whose double-double, 39-point and 11 rebound game helped lift Chincoteague to their 67-36 win. Alanna Hall had the team high in assists with 8 and Emma Jackson grabbed 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Kaylah Wharton led the Firebirds at the net, posting 11 points.
Thornton finished the regular season just shy of the 1,000th point mark, but Tuesday night’s district tournament finals was her path to the check-point. The girls faced the Northampton Yellow Jackets in Eastville, and with full steam ahead, came out rearing to a win in the district tournament finals, finishing on top for the second year in a row, with Thornton also bypassing the coveted milestone, leading the Ponies again in the hoops count with 23 points. Hall and Shelley threw 10 points apiece, and Jackson and Thornton tied for the team high in rebounds with 6 each.
Maeyanna Delk led the Yellow Jackets on the board, potting 19 points. Jada Giddens notched 8 points.
Chincoteague finished 8-1 in the district and 12-4 overall for the year, with Thornton leading the way in ppg, averaging 19.7, with 296 total, and in steals, with 80 and 5.3 per game. Jackson led the rebound and block count, averaging 9.8 per game grabbing a total of 157, and blocking 4.1 per game with 65 total this season.
The Ponies will host the first regional playoff game Tuesday night beginning at 6 p.m., and Thornton is set to be honored during the evening for her 1,000 points achievement.