By Josh Michael - firstname.lastname@example.org
STRASBURG--The Strasburg Rams used 15 points from Mikala Alsberry and a solid defensive effort to secure a 39-24 victory over Stonewall Jackson on Saturday night.
Alsberry came out on fire right from the start as she scored Strasburg's first six points of the game and accounted for eight of the 15 total points scored by both teams in the first quarter. The senior kept it going the entire game and finished with a game-high 15 points for the Rams.
"I was feeling better, yesterday, I think I came out a little flat, and I just wanted to make up for it," said Alsberry on her performance.
She wasn't the only highlight of the night for the Rams as their defense took center stage in the second half of the game. Stonewall cut the deficit to just one point early in the third quarter, which capped off a 10-0 run by the Generals that started in the second quarter after trailing by 11. That's when Strasburg's defense took over as they allowed just eight more points the rest of the game.
"I thought the kids did a good job defensively, we knew we would have to do a good job on [Emily] Jordan, their point guard, and I thought we made them miss some shots," said Rams coach Joel Morgan. "All in all, I felt we played pretty good on the defensive end."
Pretty good indeed, and Strasburg's offense responded in the third quarter as well using three 3-pointers to get their lead back to double digits. Sophomore Kelsey Jenkins knocked down one, while fellow sophomore Carey Scott knocked down a pair of 3's to get the offense rolling.
"That was big, I told the kids when we were in the timeout that someone was going to have to step up and make some plays, somebody's got to make some shots, and we went out and made some big shots [Jenkins and Scott's three pointers] and that even gave us some energy on the defensive end as well," Morgan said.
After watching Strasburg go on an 11-0 run in parts of the first and second quarters, the Generals battled their way back into the game with some timely shooting from junior Kayla Miller, who scored four straight points and was immediately followed by junior Emily Jordan's only 3-pointer of the game. By the time the second quarter had ended, Stonewall had cut the deficit to just three after trailing by as many as 11 points.
Miller led the way offensively for the Generals scoring 10 points, while Jordan added five. Strasburg was led by Alsberry who had a game high 15 points, but also got big contributions from Scott, who had nine points and Senior Katie Dofermire who chipped in seven.
Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday as Strasburg will travel to Manassas Park, while Stonewall Jackson hosts East Rockingham.