Generals fall short against Bison

QUICKSBURG — Stonewall Jackson’s girls basketball team made a good faith effort in the first half, but in the end Buffalo Gap had more talent and depth. It added up to a 47-31 Shenandoah District victory Friday for the Bison over the Generals.

“I thought we had a good effort again tonight. For the whole season, I can’t really criticize our effort. We’re getting the shots, we’re just not getting them in. When you score 31 points, it’s hard to beat anybody,” Stonewall coach Jeff Burner said.

His team is 2-12 overall, 1-8 in district, while the visitors improved 12-3, 7-3.

“I had a baseball coach who said that all victories are the same — they’re victories. Doesn’t matter whether you play well or play poorly. You go on the road and you win, and you’re happy,” Buffalo Gap coach Philip Morgan said.

His Bison are in the thick of the Shenandoah District regular-season race. Heading into Friday’s games, East Rockingham had yet to lose in the league. East Rock was followed by William Monroe, which had lost twice in the Shenandoah, and Buffalo Gap, with three defeats.

Gap had played Stonewall at home, dominating the Generals 63-38 on Jan 19. “So you add that in, and maybe we weren’t playing our best,” Morgan said. “Still, you have to go it to Stonewall Jackson. They played with great effort. This was particularly true in the first two quarters.”

Trailing 7-6 with 5:02 in the initial frame, Burner’s team watched as Buffalo Gap outscored the Generals 18-5 into the second period. The score was 25-11 in favor of the Bison with 3:35 left in the first half.

However, the home team scored seven straight points without allowing a tally over the next three minutes and when the Generals’ Jayme Kokkonen scored the last three points of the half, the score was 25-18.

“We played good defense, particularly in the first half. Defensively I saw some good things out there,” Burner said.

The third-quarter score was 6-2 Bison, but those six digits were all they needed to seal off a victory. The Generals helped out, turning the ball over seven times in the third frame.

Even with just sporadic offense, the Bison led by 11 coming out of the quarter.

To begin the fourth Destiny Harper scored her team’s first three points, which were enough for a 35-20 advantage with 6:50 to go in the game.

Emily Jordan led Stonewall with 11 points, including a 3-pointer and a 6-of-9 effort from the free-throw line.

Harper totaled 19 points for high-game honors. She was followed by Shelby Stenzel with 10 tallies. Elizabeth Hanger notched nine points and Leah Calhoun had seven for the Bison.