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Stonewall Jackson picked up an important road win Friday night. The Generals beat Buffalo Gap 37-36 in Shenandoah District action, for the program's first district win in at least four years.
"That was a huge district win," Stonewall Jackson coach Patrick Smoot said. "We beat a good team. It was a great win for us."
The Generals trailed 12-10 after the first quarter, and the game was tied 21-21 at the half. Smoot said he gave his team a pep talk at the half.
"I told them we needed to cutdown on the individual play and let's play together as one unit," Smoot said of his halftime speech. "The kids responded well."
The Generals outscored the Bison 15-6 in the third quarter, and held them off in the fourth quarter for the win.
Stonewall Jackson's Colton Harlow had 18 points to lead the way. Hunter Smootz had 12 points for the Generals (2-4, 1-1 Shenandoah). Ryan Smith and Corey Polk added 10 points each for Stonewall Jackson.
"I was excited with the way the kids responded in the second half," Smoot said. "They had every opportunity to back off, but they didn't. They fought back and pushed through and they deserve this win.
"Today for the first time in a long while we can be proud of what we did on the court."
Stonewall Jackson 37, Buffalo Gap 36
Michaela Koontz hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to help lift Stonewall Jackson to a 37-36 home victory over Buffalo Gap in Shenandoah District girls basketball action Friday.
Koontz finished with a team-high 11 points and seven rebounds. Hannah Stout had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Generals (3-4, 1-1 Shenandoah). The Generals trailed 20-13 at the half, but outscored the Bison (2-4, 0-2) 15-6 in the third quarter.
Abby Erskine had 14 points for the Bison.
Madison County 45, Central 39
Central suffered a tough 45-39 loss at home on Friday night against Bull Run District foe Madison County.
It was the second loss in a row for the Falcons, who are now 0-2 in district play after beginning the season 4-0.
"We need to decide to start playing before the second half starts," Falcons coach Mallory Skarupa said. "Usually when you hold a team to 45 points you expect to win."
Central trailed 27-20 at halftime but suffered from foul trouble late in the game. Junior Katelyn Poston and freshman Meredith Phillips each fouled out of the game after combining for 30 points Friday night. Poston and Phillips each scored 15 points for the Falcons.
Skarupa said the Falcons switched from a man-to-man defense to a 2-3 zone in the first half, but poor rebounding dug Central into an early hole.
Madison County (4-3, 1-1 Bull Run) junior Chandler Gentry led all scorers with 17 points.