Dawkins, Hawks fall short to Cougars

FRONT ROYAL – Skyline senior Makaela Dawkins ignited a rally on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough.

The Hawks surged back from a double-digit deficit only to fall 51-42 to Kettle Run in nondistrict girls basketball action.

Dawkins scored 12 of her team-high 15 points during a third-period rally.

“My shot came alive,” Dawkins said. “I got pumped, and I just kept shooting and made most of them.”

The Cougars (1-0) increased their lead to as many as 12 points in the third period with a 9-4 run.

Skyline rallied with 11 straight points, including nine from Dawkins to cut the lead to 32-31 with 1:01 left in the third period.

After a basket by Emily Yergin, Dawkins answered with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 34-34 after three periods.

The two teams went back and forth to start the fourth period. Kettle Run scored six consecutive points, four by Isabella Delaguila, to take a 46-40 edge with 3:20 remaining.

The Hawks were able to cut the lead to 46-42 on a free throw each by Rachel Sirbaugh and Jenna Grim.

That was as close as Skyline would get. Kettle Run closed the game on a 6-0 run to seal the win.

Skyline shot 8-for-20 from the free-throw line, and struggled to rebound against the Cougars.

“We did good,” Dawkins said. “We were up. We just need to do better on rebounding and boxing out – that was out biggest downfall.”

The Hawks (0-2) led throughout most of the opening period. Skyline jumped out to a 6-2 lead on a 3-pointer from Nikea Whitmore and a basket by Jakya Jones.

A 3-pointer by Kettle Run’s Yergin cut the lead to one, but the Hawks answered with a basket by Jones, a driving layup by Dawkins and a 3-pointer from Alaina Smith.

The Hawks’ offense went cold in the second period. They made only one basket on nine shots in the period as the Cougars took a 23-16 halftime lead.

Skyline also turned the ball over six times in the period.

Kettle Run found its offense in the second period as Yergin scored six points, two baskets coming off of steals.

“You can’t take plays off,” Skyline coach Jim Kenney said. “You can’t take a possession off offensively or defensively.”

Delaguila had 18 points, and Yergin had 11 for the Cougars.

Despite the 0-2 start, Kenney said he was happy with his young squad, which has four freshman on the team.

“In both games that we’ve played there were a lot of positives,” Kenney said. “We played hard.”

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