Brisco, Warriors defeat Colonels

WINCHESTER — Success for Sherando’s boys basketball team revolves around playing as a team. That was on full display Friday night.

The Warriors shot the ball well, especially in the first half, en route to a 61-39 Northwestern District boys basketball victory over James Wood.

“I think right now we’re playing really good team ball,” Sherando senior Trey Brisco said. “Everybody on the team really gets along well. We have great team chemistry. We share the ball really well. We play good team defense.”

The Warriors went 9-for-11 (81.8 percent) from the floor in the first period, and 12-for 18 (66.7 percent) in the first half.

Many of the baskets were layups either in transition or from working the ball around to get the right shot.

Brisco had nine points in the first quarter to help the Warriors build a 23-6 lead.

“Most of it was just in the flow of the offense,” Brisco said of his first quarter. “I was able to get some layups in transition.”

The Colonels had eight turnovers in the first quarter, which helped Sherando to a big lead.

James Wood had six more turnovers in the second quarter, and the Warriors were able to extend the lead to 32-10 with 2:04 left in the half.

Sherando had to sit a couple starters due to foul trouble, and that helped the Colonels make a run. James Wood ended the half with an 8-0 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers by James Wood’s Aiden Houser.

“When our subs came in, they let them have some open shots,” Sherando coach Garland Williams said. “A 20-point lead quickly dwindled to 12. … It was a good lesson for the team. Just because you have a 20-point lead doesn’t mean the game is over.”

The Warriors came out strong in the third quarter. The teams traded baskets until the Warriors took control for good. Sherando closed the third quarter with a 14-0 run, including eight points from Jordan Henry.

“I think we came out in the second half and got back to doing what we were doing in the first half,” Brisco said.

Nine different players scored for Sherando.

The Warriors didn’t miss many shots in the first half, but there was one that Brisco would probably like back. He missed a dunk late in the second quarter.

“I figured I would try it. We were up by 22 at the time,” Brisco said with a laugh. “It just rolled off. … I’ve never done one in a game, but I do it all the time in practice — next time.”

The Warriors were coming off a big win over Dominion earlier this week. Brisco said the win over James Wood was just as nice.

“It’s always nice to beat a rival,” Brisco said. “The game is always hyped, it’s always good to come out with a win.”

The Colonels were led by Houser with nine points.

Brisco had 15 points for the Warriors. Kyle Tusing had 14 points for Sherando, while Henry added 13.

The Warriors are at home with Millbrook on Tuesday. The two teams each have two losses and are tied atop both the Northwestern District and Conference 21 standings.

“It’s a big game,” Brisco said. “It will be a good game. It will be interesting to see how it goes.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com