James Wood rallies past Warriors for win

WINCHESTER — Sherando couldn’t have asked for a better start to its game with James Wood on Friday night. However, things went south quickly in the second period.

Foul trouble and poor defense helped lead to a James Wood rally and a 58-48 Northwestern District girls basketball victory over the Warriors.

“We just didn’t play defense after that first quarter,” Sherando coach Mike Marsh said. “We were up 27-17 and then the next thing you know we’re down 34-33 at the half. That was the difference in the game. We didn’t play with any intensity and that rolls down on me. I didn’t have them ready and I will take care of that.”

James Wood (9-3, 3-1 Northwestern) scored the first four points, but the Warriors responded with a 13-5 run. Jess Hakel and Heidi Brown combined for nine of the points during the run. Hakel also had three rebounds and a steal during the spurt, which gave the Warriors a 13-9 edge.

After a basket by James Wood’s Morgan Duncan, the Warriors started another run to close out the opening period. Sherando used a 14-4 run in the final 3:13 of the first period to take a 27-15 lead.

The Warriors (8-6, 2-1 Northwestern) shot 66.7 percent (12-for-18) from the floor in the opening eight minutes.

Early in the second period, Hakel’s two free throws gave the Warriors a 29-19 lead. Shortly after that foul trouble began piling up for the Warriors, and James Wood took advantage.

“They have two good guards and they did a good job of attacking us,” Marsh said. “We weren’t where we were supposed to be, we were getting caught out of position.”

A 3-pointer by James Wood’s Dani Rizzari started a 13-5 run and gave the Colonels a 35-34 lead at the half. Sherando ended the final minutes of the half with Erin Magalis as the only starter on the floor. Davina Lane had three fouls, while three other starters had two fouls.

“I haven’t done a good enough job developing our bench this season,” Marsh said. “We were anxious. We were playing like we were down six or seven instead of playing like we were up.”

The Warriors were only 2-for-12 in the second period from the floor.

James Wood kept the momentum going in the third period. The teams traded baskets to start the period.

Sherando’s Audra Sites scored inside with 6:01 left in the third period to give the Warriors a 38-37 edge. It would be Sherando’s last lead of the contest.

The Colonels went on a 10-0 run, with five different players scoring. James Wood switched to a zone in the second half, and it worked.

“I switched to the zone because I wanted to try and slow down them down and disrupt their offense,” James Wood coach Krista Crites said. “We wanted to keep them from being able to drive to the basket.”

Marsh said the Warriors expected to see the zone from the Colonels.

“We prepared for it. I thought we were prepared for it, but obviously we weren’t prepared enough,” Marsh said.

The Colonels led by 10 after three periods. The Warriors cut the lead to eight on a steal and a layup by Hakel with 6:47 left in the game, but that was as close they would get.

“Our motto has been to play for 32 minutes,” Crites said. “We came out in that second half and we finished that 32 minutes tonight. … We are fighters. They don’t give up. They never stop playing.”

The Colonels were led by Kieana Brooks with 18 points and Rizzari with 15.

Hakel led the Warriors with 16 points, while Brown added 11.

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