|Gill returns to area with High Point Christian Academy|
Friday, February 1, 2013
By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor
SALEM -- William Fleming and Patrick Henry, a pair of clubs that have combined to win 31 games, meet for the third time this season tonight in the Western Valley District's highlighted game.
Saturday, the Colonels and the Patriots will face non-district opponents in the annual Roy Stanley Memorial Shootout at the Salem Center.
The Colonels take on High Point (N.C.) Christian Academy in the showcase, while the Patriots face Rockbridge County.
Former Franklin County standout Isiah Gill plays for High Point Christian; he played against the Colonels on multiple occasions during his sophomore and juniors seasons as a starter and top scorer for the Eagles.
Gill was a junior on the last FCHS team coached by Doug Conklin. He transferred to the private North Carolina school the following year and was reclassified as a junior. He never played a game for current Eagles bench boss Lloyd Church.
Gill earned All-WVD accoldes during two-year FCHS tenure.
In his last game in an FCHS uniform, Gill netted 25 points in the Eagles' 65-64 loss to George Washington-Danville in the semifinals of the 2011 WVD postseason tournament. That season, he scored 20 or more points in 13 games for FCHS, which finshed 14-8.
High Point Christian took a 17-5 record into its scheduled game tonight against Forsyth Country Day School.
High Point Christian's losses are to Oak Hill Academy in the season opener, New Hampton (N.H.) School, Greensboro Day School and twice to Wesleyan Christian Academy, which played in the Chance Harmon Classic last month at Floyd County High School.
Gill has scored 175 points this season; he averages 8 points-a-game.
Gill tallied a season-best 22 points in a 101-55 win over Wakefield (N.C.) and also scored in double figures against Covenant (N.C.) Day (10 points, 89-62 win), Burlington (N.C.) Chriistian Academy (19 points, 97-51 win), Ravenscroft (N.C.) (16 points, 91-45 win), Charlotte Country Day (10 points, 94-50 win), Miller School (13 points, 59-50 win) and Forsyth Country Day (10 points, 81-54 win).
Rockbridge County's top player is Andrew Rowsey, who ranks four on the Virginia High School League's career scoring list with 2,398 points.
During his youth, Rowsey, who has committed to NCAA Division I UNC-Asheville played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) sanctioned basketball for the Franklin County Wolfpack, coached by current Christian Heritage Academy boys' basketball coach Jeff Carter.
The showcase begins at 1 p.m. with Salem facing Radford, followed by Carroll County and Virginia Episcopal and PH and Rockbridge County in the third game.
Postgraduate teams Hargrave Military Academy and Massanutten Military Academy meet in the fourth game and William Fleming and High Point Christian are in the nightcap.