Strasburg girls fall short

Strasburg's Rachel Harriman drives the lane with a hook shot over Luray's Maggie Chu during fourth quarter girls Conference 35 tournament quarterfinals action Thursday night in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG — Rebounding has hurt Strasburg all season, and on Thursday night it proved costly again.

Luray was able to come up with a couple key rebounds and pull out a 46-42 win over the Rams in the Conference 35 quarterfinals. There will be no conference semifinals or finals due to the weather. Luray advances to next week’s Region 2A East tournament.

“We make an emphasis that before they start on a fast break that everybody has to crash the boards,” Luray coach Chris Ponn said. “I thought we did a good job with that tonight.”

The Rams (12-12) led only once the whole game, 2-0, and had trouble getting over the hump each time they would pull close.

The game was tied at 40-40 after a runner in the lane by Strasburg’s Rachel Harriman with 1:40 left.

Strasburg's Emily Melnikoff shoots over Luray's Meghan Seaman during second quarter girls Conference 35 tournament quarterfinals action Thursday night in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

Luray’s M.K. Nichols hit the first of two free throws, but missed the second. However, Brooke Dinges grabbed the rebound and put it back in with 59 seconds left for a Luray 33-40 edge.

“[Dinges] she’s a heck of a rebounder,” Strasburg coach Joel Morgan said. “I knew she was going to be a tough matchup for us.”

A basket by Haley Bischoff cut the lead to 43-42 with 42 seconds left. A free throw by Luray’s Katie Keyser pushed the lead to 44-42 with 18 seconds remaining.

Strasburg’s Carey Scott missed a 3-pointer, which Morgan said he was fine with her taking. Keyser was fouled and missed both free throws, but Luray’s Maggie Chu grabbed the rebound with two seconds left.

Chu made both free throws to seal the win for the Bulldogs.

Strasburg's Carey Scott fires a 3-pointer during second quarter girls basketball Conference 35 tournament quarterfinals action held Thursday night in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

“I was proud of the kids,” Morgan said. “We kept battling back. We were just a play away.”

The Rams trailed 23-15 at the half, but Scott scored eight points in the third period to help pull Strasburg within two at 30-28 with 2:34 left in the third period.

The Bulldogs (8-14) held a four-point lead after three periods, but Strasburg’s Kelsey Jenkins scored the first four points of the fourth period to tie the game at 32-32.

Luray used a 6-0 run to take a 38-32 lead, but the Rams battled back with an 8-2 run.

“We’re just happy to be going to regionals,” Ponn said. “We’re going to need to play better. A win’s a win and we’ll take it.”

Keyser and Chu led the Bulldogs with 10 points each.

Scott led the Rams with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Jenkins had 10 points and six rebounds.

Morgan said he was happy with the season his young squad had.

“I thought we accomplished pretty much what we thought we would going into the season,” Morgan said. “I felt like we did a lot of good things. We beat the teams we should have [beaten].”

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