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Skyline's TrayQuan Diamond passes to avoid a double team by Sherando's Trey Brisco, left, and Azjier Outler, right, during first half boys basketball action Friday night in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL — Sherando coach Garland Williams knows defense will be a key for his team this season, and on Friday night he liked what he saw from his squad defensively.

The Warriors shut down Skyline in the second half en route to a 69-45 victory over the Hawks in Northwestern District boys basketball action.

“We did a good job defensively tonight,” Williams said. “They did a good job helping each other out. We’re going to have to play good team defense if we want to be successful this season.”

The game was close throughout much of the first half. Sherando’s Josh Dolsen hit two 3-pointers early in the game to help the Warriors build an 8-3 lead.

Sherando’s Andrew Loudan scored all five points in a 5-0 spurt to take a 13-5 lead with 3:30 left in the opening period. A free throw by Skyline’s Brandon Wells and a tip-in off Wells’ missed free throw by TrayQuan Diamond cut the lead to 13-8.

Sherando's Trey Brisco goes up to the basket off a fast break against Skyline on Dec. 12. Brisco led the area in steals, and helped Sherando to an 18-5 record this year. Rich Cooley/Daily file

The two teams traded baskets for the rest of the quarter. Skyline’s Evan Lester hit a 3-pointer 20 seconds into the second quarter to cut the lead to 18-16, but that would be as close as the Hawks would get the remainder of the game.

“We’re better than we were last year, but we have a long ways to go to get to where we expect to be or want to be,” Skyline coach Jacob Bates said.

Sherando’s Trey Brisco gave Sherando a big spark in the second quarter. Brisco scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the quarter.

Brisco scored on back-to-back layups to start an 8-2 run and give the Warriors a 26-18 edge.

“I was able to get to my spots on the floor and get some easy baskets,” Brisco said. “My teammates did a good job finding me.”

Skyline's Antwan Swain drives to the inside while Sherando's Joshua Dolsen defends during first half boys basketball action Friday night in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

Skyline (0-4, 0-1 Northwestern) was able to pull within six at 29-23 with 2:50 left in the first half, but the Warriors used a 12-4 run to take a 14-point lead. Brisco finished the half with back-to-back layups and a 3-pointer.

“Trey has done a nice job for us this season,” Williams said. “You look at him and he has a thin frame, but he’s deceptive. … Trey really worked hard on his game this summer and in the offseason. He and Jordan [Henry] and Kyle Tusing, all those guys and we’re starting to see some of the benefits of that.”

A basket by Skyline’s Antwan Swain cut the Sherando lead to 41-28 with 5:58 left in the third quarter, but the Warriors (5-0, 1-0) picked things up on the defensive end and went on a 10-5 run to pull away for good.

“We really turned things up on the defensive end, and we executed as a team,” Brisco said.

Swain led the Hawks with 12 points, while Lester had 10.

Bates said the biggest problem with the team right now is just consistency.

“We just need to get five guys playing well at the same time,” Bates said. “We’re not getting the same effort out of the same players night in and night out.”

Henry had 16 points for the Warriors, and Loudan added 10.

Sherando is off to a 5-0 start, but the players know they have a lot more work to do.

“We’re happy that we’re off to a 5-0 start, but we know we have to just focus on the next game, and try to get that one,” Brisco said.

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