Hakel, Sherando overcome stubborn Judges for win

WINCHESTER — Sherando shook off some rust, and trailing late in the fourth period finally shook off Handley on Friday night.

The Warriors went on a run to end the game and pull out a 45-35 Northwestern District girls basketball victory over the Judges.

“When we got down a point, we knew we had to pick it up real quick,” Sherando senior Jess Hakel said.

The Judges took their first lead since 1-0, with 7:02 left in the game on a 3-pointer by Alysandra Worrell, at 33-32.

Sherando then went on a 10-0 run. Hakel, who finished with a game-high 20 points, led the way for Sherando with four points during the spurt.

Sherando struggled on the boards much of the night, but rebounded better during the final stretch to help them pull away.

“I called a timeout [when we were down] and I told them we’ve got to rebound better,” Sherando coach Mike Marsh said. “We did an effective job on the boards and we played better all-around that last seven minutes of the game.”

Both teams started off a little slow. They combined to miss their first nine shots, and the game was scoreless for the first two minutes and 13 seconds.

Worrell made a free throw to start the scoring, but the Warriors responded with six straight points.

Hakel gave the team a spark with five points, three steals and two rebounds in the opening period.

“My teammates motivate me,” Hakel said. “They encourage me all the time. I couldn’t do it without their help. They create the opportunities for me to score.”

The Warriors (7-5, 2-0 Northwestern) built a 15-5 lead early in the second period after a 3-pointer by Hakel. However, the Judges answered with an 8-0 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Worrell.

Sherando senior Heidi Brown scored four straight points to give the Warriors a 19-13 lead with 4:53 left in the first half.

After a basket by Sherando’s Becca Travis, the Judges (10-3, 2-2 Northwestern) closed the half with a 5-0 run to cut the lead to three.

It was Sherando’s first game in 13 days, and Marsh said that was part of the reason for the slow start and sluggish play on offense.

Handley junior Angelica Robinson came into the game averaging over 18 points per game, but was held to just eight points, six of which came in the third period. Audra Sites played defense against Robinson for most of the game.

“Audra Sites did a great job on defense all night,” Marsh said. “I gave her the assignment and she was lights out on defense against her.”

“As a team, I thought we played well defensively the whole game.”

Hakel had nine rebounds and four steals, and Brown had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors. Worrell led the Judges with 17 points.

The win snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Judges.

“Handley was 10-2 coming in, they’re a good ball club,” Marsh said. “This was a good win. Any time you don’t play for 13 days, you can expect to have a little rust. I think that’s why we struggled some offensively.”

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