By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WINCHESTER -- Sherando's boys basketball team had not played in 18 days, but it certainly didn't show on the court.
The Warriors came out strong and took control early en route to a convincing 72-52 Northwestern District win over Millbrook on Wednesday night.
Sherando started the season late due to the football team's success, and then played four games in one week but hadn't played since then.
"It's been tough," Sherando forward Grant Golden said. "We haven't had a whole lot of practices due to the snow, but the last couple practices we practiced really well."
With the 6-foot-7 Golden and 6-foot-8 center Jeremiah Curtis, the plan for the Warriors is simple -- get the ball inside. Sherando coach Garland Williams said he also wanted his team to get the rebound and run, because Golden can run the floor so well -- and the plan worked to perfection against the Pioneers.
"We knew we had a height advantage, so we wanted to get into our big guys," Williams said. "We also knew with the way Grant [Golden] can run the floor, if we could get a rebound we wanted to run with it and I think we did a good job with that."
Sherando jumped out to a 14-4 lead and led by at least double-digits the rest of the way.
The Warriors (2-3, 1-0 Northwestern) also did a good job of passing the ball around, with eight assists on all eight made baskets in the first period.
Golden scored eight points in the opening period as the Warriors built a 21-10 lead. Sherando also hit two 3-pointers, including two from point guard Isaiah Williams.
"We told the guys if they get a look [from 3-point range] they could take it," Garland Williams said. "And we were able to knock down some shots."
Sherando turned the defense up in the second period as the Pioneers missed their first 11 shots and scored only nine points during the frame.
The Warriors were able to push the lead to as much as 27 points late in the third period, before Millbrook put together a spurt in the fourth period.
Golden said it was important to get that first district win, especially against a rival.
"It's always exciting to play Millbrook," Golden said. "It was a big crowd. It was exciting to get the win."
The Pioneers (2-10, 0-1) were led by Zach Harrell with 18 points
Sherando has nine more games over the next three weeks, and Garland Williams said it was good to be able to play a lot of guys against Millbrook.
The Warriors had four players in double figures. Golden had 21 points and six rebounds, and Curtis had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Isaiah Williams had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds and Azjier Outler had 12 points for Sherando.
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