Tusing sparks Sherando over Handley

WINCHESTER — Kyle Tusing knew what had to be done.

The Sherando senior center could see his teammates needed his presence inside against Handley on Friday night, and he rose to the occasion. Tusing had a solid game to lead the Warriors to a 53-33 victory over the Judges in Northwestern District boys basketball action.

“I could tell we were struggling with some of the close shots inside, so i just tried to step up and help out the team and do what the team needed me to do,” Tusing said.

Tusing finished with a career-high 21 points, including six in the fourth period as the Warriors pulled away from the Judges.

It was Sherando’s first game in almost two weeks, and it showed early in the game.

“I thought both teams were feeling the weather crunch,” Sherando coach Garland Williams said. “I thought we put forth good effort the whole game, we just weren’t executing.”

Both teams struggled in the first period as Sherando held a slim 10-9 edge.

The Warriors (9-2, 2-0 Northwestern) were able to extend the lead to 14-9 on back-to-back baskets by Tusing to start the second period. Handley responded with baskets by Kobe Tigney and KeSean Robinson and had the lead down to three for much of the second period.

Sherando had an 18-15 lead at the half, with Tusing leading the Warriors with 10 points.

“We were definitely a little rusty tonight, which you can attribute to the break,” Tusing said. “You could tell it affected us, even in the warm-ups. I think as we got more into it, we got better.”

The two teams went back and forth during the third period, while the Warriors held the lead the entire quarter.

Sherando used a 6-2 run to build a 31-22 lead on a basket by Edward Weaver with 33 seconds left in the third period.

A basket by Will Dearing cut the lead to 31-24 to end the third period, and a bucket by Robinson cut the lead to five early in the fourth.

The Warriors took over the rest of the way. Sherando used a 15-4 run to take firm control of the game, including four points each by Tusing and Jordan Henry.

“I think in the second half we started to do some of the things we wanted to do against them,” Williams said. “We were able to play much better in the second half.”

Sherando was able to play well defensively the whole game, and rebound well against a Handley squad that has size.

The Judges (2-10, 1-2 Northwestern) were led by Robinson with 11 points, and Dearing with 10 points.

Tusing and Josh Dolsen were effective inside, combining for 26 points and controlling the paint.

Tusing was the only player in double figures for the Warriors, while Trey Brisco added eight points and Henry had seven. Handley was led by Robinson with 11 points, and Dearing with 10.

Despite the sluggish start, Tusing said he’s happy with where the Warriors are as a team right now.

“I think everybody was giving good effort,” Tusing said. “We just need to keep working as a team and all together.”

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