Any follower of Northern Region basketball understands that when Herndon plays, the game plan for both teams will revolve around standouts Dorian Johnson and Will Ferguson. Thursday night at Chantilly was no different. The two Herndon stars dropped in 25 points each in a 75-65 victory over the Chargers, creating a four-way tie for first place in the suddenly unpredictable Concorde District.
Johnson was dominant inside and out early, while Ferguson had 20 second-half points to pace the Hornets, who moved to 10-4 on the season and 2-1 in the Concorde District. Chantilly dropped to 2-1 in the district as well, 12-2 overall.
Chantilly struggled shooting throughout the second half and finished with a 33 percent field goal percentage on the night. They were also 9-20 from the free throw line as a team and are shooting just 57 percent from the line on the season.
The Chargers had an early lead, thanks to leading scorer Brian Sydnor (14 points), but struggled through a third quarter that Herndon won 21-12 behind the exploits of Ferguson, whose explosiveness proved difficult to contain. After Herndon jumped to a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Chargers made a late run, cutting the Herndon lead to 4 and had possession with 3 minutes left. Sophomore Josh Conwell (12 points) and junior DeAndre Harris (15 points) led the late Chantilly surge, but Johnson and Ferguson ensured they could not complete the comeback.
Both teams have a week off until their next game, with Chantilly staying home next Friday to take on Robinson. Herndon travels to Westfield.
The wild and wacky Concorde District season continued Thursday night, with Oakton pulling a 69-56 upset of Robinson, while Westfield escaped with a 36-35 last second win over Centreville. Westfield was shut out in the first quarter, and scored only 5 points in the second but managed to escape with the late victory.
Chantilly, Herndon, Robinson, and Oakton all have 2-1 district records.