Quick start helps Warriors rout Hawks

STEPHENS CITY — With the season winding down, Sherando wants to play its best basketball when it counts the most. The Warriors took a good step in that direction on Wednesday night.

The Warriors started out of the gate fast and cruised to a 68-24 win over Skyline in Northwestern District girls basketball action on Senior Night.

“We started out fast,” Sherando coach Mike Marsh said. “Of course, it was Senior night … you never really know what’s going to happen, how they’re going to play. They came out and really got after it and played together and played well.”

Sherando (10-9) scored the first 27 points of the contest, aided by nine Skyline turnovers. Sherando’s Heidi Brown and Jess Hakel combined for 22 of Sherando’s 30 first-period points.

A 3-pointer by Katelyn Bolt put the Hawks on the board with 29 seconds remaining in the first period. The Hawks trailed 28-3 after the first period.

“Obviously, we weren’t ready to play at the start of the game, and that’s on me. I’ve got to do a better job getting them ready,” Skyline coach Jim Kenney said. “Overall, we have trouble scoring on a good night. We can’t overcome a 25-point deficit against a good team like Sherando.

“Once they got that [30-3] lead, the game was over.”

Sherando shot 44 percent (11-for-25) from the floor in the opening period. The Warriors also had five steals in the first eight minutes of play.

The Warriors were coming off a tough loss to Millbrook on Tuesday night, and Marsh said he was happy with the way his team responded to the loss.

“We felt like as a coaching staff there were a lot of positives we could take away from that loss,” Marsh said. “We wanted to come back out tonight and have a positive attitude and play well, and I thought we did that tonight.”

Rachel Clifton led the Hawks (4-15) with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Kenney said that playing such a tough district schedule will help them out in the postseason.

“I’ve been trying to tell the kids this all season. Playing against the teams we play in Frederick County will help prepare us for the teams we face in the conference tournament,” Kenney said.

Hakel led the way for the Warriors with 23 points and three rebounds, and Brown had 22 points. Audra Sites added six points and nine rebounds, and Erin Magalis had two points and six assists for the Warriors.

“We have to play Handley on Friday night. Handley is a good team,” Marsh said. “We’re going to have to come and play well on Friday night.”

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