Sherando surges past Patriots for road win

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — At the end of the first quarter, the Washington Patriots and Sherando Warriors had battled to a one-possession game Tuesday night at Washington High School.

A rough second quarter set the Patriots back, however.

Washington was outscored by the Warriors 13-4, shooting 2 for 11 from the floor in the period in the 55-39 defeat.

“We played soft and did not execute on the things we discussed the past couple of days,” Washington coach Alex Feliu said. “The toughest thing was that we started settling. Instead of attacking the basket and pulling up in the lane, we were getting charging calls on layups or taking a contested jump shot.

“We have to do a better job in running our offense and executing what we are trying to accomplish.”

In the opening quarter, Sherando began to use its interior offense to score points, while Washington struggled from the floor, picking up the majority of its 10 points in the opening eight minutes from the free-throw line.

Once the first quarter came to a close, the trips to the free-throw line for the Patriots offense also came to a screeching halt as Washington did not take a single free throw.

Kyle Tusing scored 10 of his team-high 13 points in the opening half, leading the way in the post as the Warriors commanded the low block on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

“Sherando was effective in double teaming the inside, so we weren’t able to get any looks there,” Feliu said. “One thing we prided ourselves on was giving our post players, such as Austin Shields, inside looks, and we did not do that.”

Kendell Coles began to shoulder the load for Washington in the third quarter, scoring seven of his game-high 17 points, but the shooting woes of the second quarter continued to persist as a nuisance for Washington.

Though Washington continued to struggle from the floor, the Patriots were able to continue to score from the line in the fourth quarter as they were outscored 14-10 in the final eight minutes.

Along with Coles’ 17, Ryan French added eight points, all of them coming from the free throw line, and Shields finished with six points despite fouling out with 2:45 remaining in regulation for the Patriots.

Jordan Henry and Alex Morefield each added 10 points for the Warriors, and Trey Brisco finished the game with seven points for Sherando.