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Prep roundup: Skyline falls to Handley


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FRONT ROYAL - Skyline's offensive woes continued in a 41-31 loss to Handley on Tuesday in Northwestern District girls basketball action.

The Hawks turned the ball over 22 times against Handley's 2-3 zone defense and struggled to get shots to fall. Skyline shot just 26.7 percent (12 for 45) from the field.

"It's the same issue that we've had all year. It was nothing new tonight," Hawks coach Jim Kenney said of Skyline's shooting struggles. "We ran some halfway decent offense in the first half ... we just couldn't get anything to go down."

Skyline's (4-14, 0-5 Northwestern) only lead of the game came when junior Sarah Dodge scored on a putback to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead nearly three minutes into the game.

Handley (9-8, 2-4) took a 20-15 lead into halftime and extended the margin to 35-21 on a basket by freshman Angelica Robinson with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks used a 7-0 run, capped by a putback by sophomore Jordan Christian, to cut the deficit to seven points with 3:24 remaining. But the Judges quickly pushed their lead back to 13 points with less than two minutes to play to seal the victory.

Junior Shayne Clifton led Skyline with 10 points, and junior Jenny Norman added nine points and 20 rebounds for the Hawks.

Freshmen Alysandra Worrell and Robinson led the way for Handley, scoring 18 and 11 points, respectively.

Stonewall Jackson 51, Page County 48, 3OT
QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson overcame a halftime deficit and survived for a triple-overtime victory over the Panthers in Shenandoah girls basketball action.

The Panthers led 14-9 at the half, but the Generals rallied to tie the game at 34-34 at the end of regulation. Rhea Jett had 14 points and Hannah Stout had 12 for the Generals (6-14, 3-9 Shenandoah).

Central 66, William Monroe 57
STANARDSVILLE -- Injuries were piling up for the Falcons, but they didn't let that stop them as they pulled out a 66-57 win over the Dragons in Bull Run District girls basketball action.

Central's Sydney Plum, Meredith Phillips and Cianne Fields each suffered ankle injuries during the game, and only Plum was able to return. The Falcons have only eight players on the squad and were forced to play with only six in the fourth quarter, in which they trailed. Central scored a season-high 28 points in the fourth to rally for the win.

"I was proud of the way the girls fought and their resolve," Central coach Mallory Skarupa said. "There were a lot of emotions in the first half. It was senior night for William Monroe and they were playing with a lot of emotion. We just needed to settle down.

"Brooklyn Pumphrey hit a huge 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter and that really got us going. Mary Wakeman nailed some huge foul shots for us down the stretch, and Katelyn Poston hit some big foul shots too."

Poston led the Falcons (11-7, 6-6 Bull Run) with 26 points and six steals, and Wakeman had 15 points. Pumphrey and Fields had five rebounds each for Central. Allison Bright had 12 points and four steals for Central.

Madison County 44, Strasburg 20
STRASBURG -- The homestanding Rams hung tough with second-place Madison County for a half, but a lack of offense eventually wore down the Rams in a Bull Run District girls basketball loss.

The Rams trailed 16-13 at the half, but Madison County outscored Strasburg 11-3 in the third quarter to pull away.

"We were competing even into the third quarter, but at some point the lack of offense causes the defense to get tired, and then the defense goes away from us," Strasburg coach Joel Morgan said. "The defense just falls apart and then they started scoring any way they liked. That happens when you can't score points."

Kelsey Jenkins and Mikala Alsberry each led the Rams (4-16, 3-9 Bull Run) with five points each.



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