By Dennis Atwood - firstname.lastname@example.org
WOODSTOCK -- The Front Royal Flames used a second-quarter surge on their way to a 51-18 girls basketball victory over Massanutten Military Academy on Thursday night.
MMA held the Flames at bay in the early going, with Kiki Saa sinking a pair of free throws to take a 7-6 lead to start the second quarter.
Then the Flames burned hot, mounting a 22-3 run to jump out to a 28-10 halftime lead.
The Colonels' six-player roster simply couldn't keep up with nine-player Flames squad.
During the second-quarter run, the Flames (4-5), a team of home-schooled students, got eight points from Jocelyn Amos, including three offensive rebound put-backs, and seven points, including two layups off of steals, from Sam Yarnall.
"I said 'slow down, Sam [Yarnall] we're trying to set up our offense,' but she's like, 'I'm having too much fun', so I told her, 'all right, you keep doing it,'" Front Royal's Taryn Beamish said.
"Just being in position and the defense got some steals and we went with it," Flames head coach Chris Davis said. "We're working on our defense this year. We're looking for the loose ball and setting up our offense. That's how we're playing right now."
Yarnall scored a game-high 11 points (5-for-10 field goals and 1-for-2 free throws), made five swipes and grabbed three rebounds. She is averaging 4.3 steals per game.
Beamish contributed nine points, made five steals and grabbed seven rebounds for the Flames.
Chelsea Overholser, who transferred to the school during the semester break, led the Colonels (0-13) with nine points and accounted for all eight of MMA's second-half points.
MMA's Cassidy Cayer sank the only 3-pointer of the night.
"The energy's there, our defense is coming, and our best shooter [Allyson Digges], who hasn't been able to play all season, is coming off of injury in a couple of weeks," Davis said. "Gym space is at a premium and we get to practice only one day a week. What these kids do with a little bit of practice -- they're amazing. They keep at it and don't quit. You can't coach that."