Central, Skyline excited for girls basketball tourney

Central is hosting the Woodstock Rotary Tip-off Tournament this weekend, a girls basketball tourney which should feature some very competitive games.

Central, Skyline, Hampshire (W.Va.) and Kettle Run are in the four-team tourney, which starts today. Skyline plays Hampshire at 6 p.m., followed by Central vs. Kettle Run.

On Saturday, the two losers play in a consolation game at 6 p.m, and the two winners meet in the final.

“I am very excited about playing in this tournament and so are the girls,” Central coach Bryan Scott said. “… The one advantage I do see is we are hosting this tournament, and we would like to see the community come out and support CHS girls basketball both nights.”

Central won its season opener 91-16 over Manassas Park on Wednesday night. The Falcons return their entire squad from last year’s 17-8 team.

Scott, in his first year as coach, said he is very happy with the team that he has.

“Things are going well for the team so far this year,” Scott said. “We definitely have some good talent on this team. It just boils down to us playing together as a team and everyone buying in and accepting their roles on the team, which will dictate how successful we will be.”

Scott’s daughter Tamra returns as the team’s leading scorer from a year ago. Not only does Central return last year’s team, but senior Meredith Phillips is also back this season. Phillips started as a freshman and sophomore but didn’t play last season. Seniors Cianne Fields and Brooklyn Pumphrey, junior Brooke Sager and sophomore Ayanna Strother are returning from last year’s starting five.

It will be the season opener for Hampshire, which advanced to the state tournament in West Virginia last year. Kettle Run is 1-0, with that win being a 51-42 victory over Skyline on Tuesday.

Skyline is off to a slow start, having lost its first two games, but coach Jim Kenney was still upbeat about his team.

The Hawks lost two close games to Park View and Kettle Run and could get a rematch with Kettle Run on Saturday in the tournament.

Senior Makaela Dawkins led the Hawks in the loss to Kettle Run with 15 points. The Hawks have four freshmen on the team, who are getting playing time.

Kenney said that he enjoys playing in tournaments like Central’s.

“I like tournaments, especially tournaments where there’s a championship game,” Kenney said. “… I like that winners play each other and there’s a consolation game.”

Scott said that he’s also very happy with the format.

“It’s exciting when you know that if you win there are trophies involved,” Scott said.

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