Falcons dominate Cougars

By Tommy Keeler Jr.

WOODSTOCK — On a special night for one of its top players, Central dominated from start to finish to pull out a 67-22 victory over Manassas Park in Bull Run District girls basketball action Wednesday.

Katelyn Poston broke Central’s career scoring record during a 26-point performance. She broke Central assistant coach Sarah DiNardo-Swartz’s record on a 3-pointer with 3:26 left in the game.

“Certainly a great accomplishment for her,” Central coach Mallory Skarupa-Minster said. “It’s really cool that Sarah [DiNardo-Sawrtz] is here to pass that on to her.”

Central jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter, with six different players scoring. The lead stretched to 27-7 at the half. Skarupa-Minster said the team was a little sluggish early, in part because they hadn’t practiced at all this week.

The Falcons (4-0, 3-0 Bull Run) scored 40 in the second half. Nine different players scored in the game.

Poston had 26 points, eight steals, two assists and one block. Meredith Phillips had 10 points and four rebounds, and Tamra Scott had nine points and four steals. Rebecca Truban had three assists for the Falcons.

Skarupa-Minster said it was good game and she was able to get a lot of players some playing time.

“Everyone busts their butts at practice and not everyone gets the payoff in games,” Skarupa-Minster said. “It’s nice to get some other girls opportunities tonight as well.”

Taylor Ellerbe led the Cougars (0-4) with nine points.

Central plays at George Mason on Friday in another big Bull Run District game.

“This is going to be a really big test for us, but I think it’s one that we can overcome,” Poston said. “They lost a couple people, and we gained some. So I definitely think if we go out there and work hard, get good on our defense, I think we’ll be just fine and be able to overcome them.”