Broadway Green Is Gold
Gobblers Girls Basketball Crowned State Champions
By PHIL D’ABBRACCIO
DailyNews-Record RICHMOND — Broadway High School finally has a state championship team, and it’s the Gobblers’ 2016-17 girls basketball squad.
With a 51-41 victory over Magna Vista on Friday at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center in Richmond, Bobby Mongold’s team ended Broadway’s drought by claiming the 3A girlsbasketball state title.
“I just love how our girls have battled all year long, and [I’m] so proud of them,” said Mongold, a 1989 BHS graduate and the Gobblers’ seventh-year coach. “I know the town of Broadway’s super proud of them, too. What a crowd. I don’t even know what to say right now. It was all a blur.”
The Gobblers, who finished the season with a 27-4 record, made their first appearance in the state girls basketball finals in 2014 and 2015, but fell to Spotswood and Turner Ashby in those
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The Broadway High School girls basketball team dogpiles in the center of the court after winning the state 3A championship game 51-41 against Magna Vista in Richmond on Friday.
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Trailed 17-14 At Halftime
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The Virginia High School League record book credits Broadway with a 1926 state championship in boys basketball, but that was earned before BHS was consolidated in the early 1950s.
B r o a d w a y trailed Magna Vista 17-14 at halftime Friday, but surged ahead of the Warriors by shooting 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) from the field after halftime, including4-of-6from3-pointrange.
Senior forward Faith Funkhouser led BHS with 15 points, while junior guard Sarah Wimer added 11 points and senior guard AllyRepko had a team-leading nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Nakaila Gray tallied eight points, as did senior forward Kailey Landis. Funkhouser said it felt “amazing” to win a state championship for the town of Broadway.
“Their support has been there this whole week, and it’s definitely shown throughout the school, signs up around town,” Funkhouser said. “It’s a great feeling to have a whole community behind us. They’re a really special town and really special people.”
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“Their support has been there this whole week, and it’s definitely shown.”
— FAITH FUNKHOUSER
The Broadway student section, known as the Gob Squad, cheers on the team during the second half of the state 3A championship game in Richmond on Friday.
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