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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Top 10 Teams of 2015-16: #5: Cosby Girls Basketball

Of their three consecutive trips to the Siegel Center for a shot at the 6A State Girls Basketball Championship, the 2015-16 Cosby Titans certainly took the road less traveled.

It was not a season where they would dominate opponent after opponent every time they stepped onto the court. Monacan swept their regular season series. Despite a gutsy effort in the final 90 seconds by Jocelyn Jones, the Titans fell in the T-DIT semifinals for the second straight year, this time to eventual winner Highland Springs.

And in the 6A South Region Tournament, a playoff loss forced Cosby on the road to punch their ticket back to VCU. But punch it they did, entering the Championship Game against what looked like an undersized Langley team. What Langley lacked in height, they made up for in intensity and grit, and the war was on.

Langley had the ball with 38 seconds left needing a trey to tie. Maybe it was nerves, likely it was the Titan defense, but they struggled to find that shot, or any shot. Then, joining Cosby girls basketball lore were moments that will be forever known as "The Steal" and "The Steal II".

"The Steal" was Jocelyn Jones swiping the ball, getting fouled with ten seconds left. Jones nailed the first free throw for a two-possession lead. Head Coach Rachel Mead cracked a brief smile. Jones made the second free throw, then, raced down the court and....

....as Langley tried for a desperation shot and a miracle, Jones brought Cosby "The Steal II" to run out the clock and bring the Titans their third straight 6A State Girls Basketball Championship, winning 42-37.

To listen to the 6A State Girls Basketball Championship, click the YouTube link below for our exclusive RVA Sports Network live broadcast from that magical night in March.




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