Schroyer leads Wildcats past Eagles

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County has had trouble closing out games this season, but on Monday night that was not a problem.

The Wildcats finished went on a late run to pull out a 47-37 Bull Run District girls basketball victory over Clarke County.

“The last three games we’ve had trouble finishing games. Tonight the girls stepped and played well the last three minutes of the game,” Warren County coach John Kelly said.

Warren County’s Sam Schroyer led the way for the Wildcats with a career-high 22 points.

“As good as she was on offense, I thought she was even better on defense,” Kelly said. “Her defense was exceptional tonight. She had a bunch of rebounds in the fourth quarter.”

The Wildcats (3-4) began to pull away in the third period. Warren County’s full-court press aided in Clarke County turning the ball over seven times in the first four minutes of the period. Clarke County’s press and half-court traps weren’t effective in the third period, which also helped the Wildcats.

Warren County blitzed Clarke County with a 10-1 run to start the period for a 31-22 lead with 3:07 left in the third.

“We knew they liked to press, and we were ready for their traps. Our guards did a great job handling it. We were able to rotate guards in and keep everyone fresh,” Kelly said.

The Eagles closed the third period with a 7-23 run to cut the lead to 33-29 entering the fourth period.

Clarke County cut the lead to 33-31 with 5:39 left on a driving layup by Jade Payton.

The Wildcats then responded with an 8-2 run. Schroyer scored four straight points and had an assist to teammate Arianna Smoot during the run.

The Eagles would get no closer than six points the rest of the way.

The first half was back-and-forth throughout. The biggest lead for either team was five points.

The Eagles led 7-2 early, but the Wildcats responded. Schroyer converted a conventional three-point play to cut the lead to 7-5 with 3:22 left in the opening period.

A runner in the lane by Clarke County’s Hannah Ravenscroft gave the Eagles a 9-5 edge. The Wildcats scored the final five points of the period on a basket by Smoot and a 3-pointer by Hayley Martin.

The Eagles took a three-point lead early in the second period, but the Wildcats rallied back.

Schroyer, who scored nine of Warren County’s 11 second-period points, made two free throws and a basket on an assist from Lisette Moya Machuca to give the Wildcats a 16-15 lead.

Clarke County used a 6-1 run to take a 21-17 lead with 34 seconds left in the first half. Clarke County’s Emily Wenzel had four points during the run. Warren County scored the final four points of the half to tie the game at 21 on two free throws each from Schroyer and Kima Robinson.

The Eagles were led by Ravenscroft and Withers with 10 points each.

Schroyer had nine rebounds to go with her 22 points for Warren County. Smoot had nine points and five rebounds, and Maya Dade had two points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats.

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