By Jeff Nations
WOODSTOCK -- Mara Dorsey knows her time is nearly up, but that doesn't mean she's not interested in Massanutten Academy's future on the hardwood.
Dorsey, the Colonels' senior point guard, is playing her final season along with fellow stalwart forward Selah Applin. They've been the basis for much of the Colonels' scoring over the past few years, and next year that burden likely falls on forward Chelsea Reid.
In Monday's 54-37 victory over visiting Shenandoah Valley Academy, Dorsey helped put together a bit of a preview for next year by repeatedly feeding Reid in the lane for high-percentage shots. Reid gobbled up those passes and finished with a game-high 18 points to go along with 12 rebounds.
"Next year we're all graduating," Dorsey said. "Chelsea's got to practice because she's going to be the new [scorer]. She works on it, comes to practice early every day. She's improved a lot."
Count SVA coach Jeff Twomley among those impressed by Reid on Monday.
"She was driving it and putting it to us," Twomley said. "She had a left-handed layup, and made all of them."
Reid finished with the biggest numbers, but Dorsey provided most of the biggest baskets for Massanutten (5-4) Her nine-point effort in the first quarter helped the Colonels build a 14-4 lead by the end of the period, and she added six more in the second as Massanutten continued to build its lead. Dorsey finished with 17 points for the Colonels.
"She has a little temper and all that, but I've really gotten to know Dorsey and she's one of the smartest basketball players I've been around," Massanutten coach Ryan Byrne said. "She gets frustrated, but she's just trying to make things happen and be a leader."
Applin also did her share of damage with 12 points nine rebounds.
"Really, we try to ride the high triangle with Chelsea, Selah and Dorsey," Byrne said. "With Dorsey bringing it down, it really gets them looks because they collapse on her and then she's able to make those passes."
SVA (2-8) struggled mightily from the field, connecting on just 15 of 81 shots (18.5 percent).
"We couldn't get the ball in the basket, that's what it is," Twomley said. "And that's been our problem all year. When we go to practice, all we do is shooting drills now just to try and get them to learn how to score in these different situations."
The Stars did get a nice effort from forward Nathalya Barg, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, playing her first season at Shenandoah Valley Academy. Barg finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.
"I wasn't here last year, but what I've heard is that our team is really better," Barg said. "We're acting more like a family."
Salima Omwenga added five points, and Karina Ruiz and Katheryn Savagnego chipped in four points each for the Stars.
Erin Ritter tallied seven points for Massanutten Academy in the victory.
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