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Posted January 11, 2013 | Leave a comment
Prep roundup: Defense leads Warriors past Hawks
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FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline High School's girls basketball team had its sights firmly set on upsetting fellow Northwestern District member Sherando on Friday night.
For upwards of 11 minutes, the Hawks' goal seemed well within reach.
Then it wasn't, as the Warriors' constant pressure started taking a toll and allowed Sherando to pull away for an eventual lopsided 63-31 victory.
Skyline (3-11, 0-2 Northwestern) played even with the Warriors through the first quarter, forging a 9-9 tie after the first eight minutes. The Hawks were still right there at 15-all in the second quarter, but from then on Sherando (6-8, 3-0 Northwestern) took complete control.
Coming off an emotional victory over longtime state power and district rival Millbrook on Tuesday, followed by two days of spirited practice, the Warriors took a while to get going. Sherando coach Kevin Reed attributed some of that to "tired legs."
"We just had to play through that," Reed said. "Ultimately our pressure defense is what we rely on and eventually we're hoping the dam will break and we can take off."
Behind that pressure defense, the Warriors forced a slew of turnovers the remainder of the first half and outscored Skyline 14-2 to grab a comfortable 29-17 lead.
It only got worse in the second half for the Hawks, who turned the ball over 10 times in the third quarter and 11 in the fourth. Sherando finished the game with 29 steals.
"We came out and did exactly what we wanted to do to start the game," Skyline coach Jim Kenney said. "But when we started to have those turnovers, it was just like a disease. For whatever reason, we just could not get regrouped after that."
Lauren Reed led the Warriors with 21 points and seven steals. Heidi Brown added 11 points for Sherando.
Jenny Norman paced Skyline with 12 points.
The Generals trailed by 12 at the half, but erupted for 24 fourth-quarter points to tie the game and force overtime.
Colton Harlow led the Generals (5-7, 3-4 Shenandoah) with a game-high 20 points. Matt Litten and Trey Alger had 11 each for Stonewall Jackson.
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