Pioneers rout Skyline girls

FRONT ROYAL — Skyline had a tough task to start the new year as it faced Millbrook on Friday night.

The Pioneers used a stifling defense to beat Skyline, 70-22, in Northwestern District girls basketball action.

“It’s a tough match-up for us,” Skyline coach Jim Kenney said. “We came out and we played a little tight. We played a little scared.

“They’re good, they’re really good. They played well together.”

Millbrook (8-3, 2-0 Northwestern) came out of the gates quickly. The Pioneers scored the first five points of the game and didn’t look back.

The Pioneers held a 21-4 lead after the first period, led by 10 from junior guard Lauren Reed.

“We came out with good intensity, a little more intensity than we’ve had the last couple games,” Millbrook coach Kevin Barr said. “I thought we shared the ball really well.”

Skyline (1-10, 0-2) turned the ball over seven times in the opening period and struggled from the field. The Hawks were 1-for-7 from the floor in the first period.

Millbrook was 6-for-17 from the floor in the opening eight minutes.

Things didn’t go much better for the Hawks in the second period. Millbrook outscored Skyline 22-4 to take a 43-8 halftime lead.

The Hawks only turned the ball over four times in the second period, but went 2-for-7 from the floor.

“I was happy with the way we generated some good looks, when they were in their man-to-man, in the first half,” Kenney said. “I thought we had some good looks. We just couldn’t knock ’em down.”

Skyline senior Carrie Robinson had six of her team’s eight points at the half.

“She’s aggressive. She’s a fighter. She goes after balls,” Kenney said of Robinson. “She’s coachable. You couldn’t ask for anything more from her.”

Millbrook went 8-for-12 from the field in the second period.

Reed led the Pioneers with 21 points, while Maddie Green added 13 points, four assists and three steals. Joneisha Cain had 11 points, and Erica Reed had seven points, four assists and two steals.

The Pioneers have a young squad with four freshmen and three sophomores on the team, and Barr said the team is starting to come together. The Pioneers have had a tough schedule, and Barr said that he thinks that will help them as the season goes on.

“We had a stretch where we had five games in eight days. I think it’s good that we’ve had to deal with some adversity, and that it was early in the season,” Barr said.

Robinson led the Hawks with eight points.

Kenney said that the Hawks need to improve on the defensive end heading into a three-game week next week.

“We just laid an egg on defense in the first half,” Kenney said. “We’ve got to be better on the defensive side.”

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