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Reed leads Warriors past Pats

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Sherando's Lauren Reed shoots over a Washington defender in second-half action on Wednesday night in Stephens City. Reed scored 33 points in the Warriors' win. Rich Cooley/Daily

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Sherando's Dani Rizzari moves the ball up the court as Washington's Jackie Hess defends during Wednesday night action in Stephens City. The Warriors won, 72-57. Rich Cooley/Daily


By Dennis Atwood - sports@nvdaily.com

STEPHENS CITY -- The Sherando Warriors girls basketball team used superior floor shooting to overcome a high number of turnovers and a Washington (W.Va.) Patriots squad that matched them in rebounding to prevail, 72-57, in non-district action on Wednesday evening.

A layup by Morgan Adams gave the Patriots held a 27-24 lead with 4:30 remaining in the second quarter.

It was Washington's last lead of the game, as the Warriors launched a 16-2 run to gain a 40-29 halftime lead.

The momentum-turning spurt was fueled by six points from sophomore guard Jessica Hakel, and five by freshman guard Lauren Reed, including a conventional three-point play.

Sherando (2-0) kept the pedal to the metal in the third quarter, outscoring the Patriots 19-11, with Reed executing a personal run of 11 points, connecting on three consecutive 3-pointers and a field goal over a 4:14 span as the Warriors closed the frame with a 59-40 lead.

"We been pounding with conditioning, and I think we got tired," Patriots first-year coach Charity Huff said. "Rightfully so -- Sherando's a very good team. We were running all night, and I think we got a little bit slower on the step on defense, and we starting fouling."

Reed notched a game-high 33 points on the night, following up her 38 points in the Warriors' 87-29 tripling of Liberty in last Wednesday's season opener, for an early-season 35.5 points per-game scoring average.

"We're not gonna see anybody in our area, in our conference that can hit 33 points," Huff said. "[Reed] can shoot four or five feet behind the [3-point] line."

The teams were nearly equal in floor shooting accuracy, with Sherando hitting on 40 percent of its field goals and Washington hitting 39 percent of its shots.

But the Warriors sank three more two-pointers and four more 3-pointers than the Generals, while Washington got the edge in free throws, 19-16.

Washington (1-3) used its physicality to match the Warriors in rebounding, and forced Sherando into 28 turnovers.

Washington took the fourth quarter, 17-13, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Patriots' 19-point deficit.

"We had to work better on being strong with the ball because their man defense is phenomenal," Lauren Reed said. "They put lots of heavy pressure on the ball."

"It's always great to out at the half with positive energy. That way, you're going out to start the second on a high."

Sophomore guard Erin Magalis contributed 12 points, nine assists and four steals to Sherando's effort, and Audra Sites grabbed 11 boards for the Warriors.

The Patriots were led by junior Jackie Hess with 15 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, while senior guard Alycia Lambert went 6-for-8 on free throws en route to an 11-point outing.

"All-around, I'm very pleased with the performance. It's probably one of the best performances we've had in five years," Huff said.

"The way that our team's built, we're gonna have hard times with teams that are extremely physical across the board," Warriors coach Kevin Reed said. "On the boards, Sites was our only player in the first half that matched their rebounding intensity, with 10 rebounds."

"They outrebounded us, but, at the end of day, we were able to make enough plays and to have enough runs to keep the lead."



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