RICHMOND — Two important trademarks of successful basketball teams during tournament time is quality guard play and experience.
The Miller School girls basketball team displayed plenty of both Friday as they rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to earn a 61-54 win over No. 3 seed Steward School in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state semifinals at Benedictine College Preparatory School.
Senior guard Presleigh Braxton scored nine of her team-high 13 points in the second half as the Mavericks (25-7) earned a spot in the state championship game for the second year in a row.
“It was a really hard-fought game,” Braxton said. “Everyone played well. We all chipped in. I think it was a really good game and I think it’s going to give us a lot of energy heading into [Saturday].”
Steward (23-10) built an early lead thanks to the duo of Sanai Green and …