Warriors roll past Patriots

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando exploded out of the gate on Tuesday and crushed Washington (West Virginia) 71-54 at home.

The boys’ basketball team (2-1) scored 8 straight points to overcome an early 0-5 deficit en route to outscoring its opponent 25-2 during one portion of the first half to help down the West Virginians (0-1).

The Warrior defense held the Patriots’ offense to just six baskets during the first half. Three of those were from the 3-point range. However, the visitors outscored the home team 19-9 in the third quarter to make a game of it.

Sherando junior Logan Vaught led the Warriors in the first half with 11 points, including one 3-point bomb. A.J. Outler added 10 points in the first half. The senior also pulled down four rebounds.

Trailing 40-19 at the half, Washington put on some pressure early in half two. The Patriots outscored the Warriors out of the break 8-1 to climb back into a 41-27 lead.

They reduced the homestanders’ lead to 47-37 on a Craig Link 3.

Sherando led by 11 at the end of the third quarter.

The Warriors held onto that same spread after Brandon Pitts hit a 3 later in the fourth quarter, but they seemed to restore order after Jared Miller contributed a 3-point play and then Alex Morehead hit a pair of free throws. That made it 61-47 with 4:41 left.

“Our goal was to get within 5 by the fourth quarter. We got it down, but we made a bad pass, gave up a turnover and then let them score,” said Washington coach Alex Feliu.

“We have older players, but a number of them were playing junior varsity ball last year. Sometimes with younger players, you tend to let down. But you can’t because they can play too,” said Sherando coach Garland Williams.

The Patriots made 6 shots beyond the 3-point line.

Sherando overcame a sterling third period by Washington, which outscored the Warriors 19-9. Of those scores, Pitts produced 11.

But while Pitts was the hero for the visitors, Sherando has a handful of participants who fared well.

Outler led three Warriors scoring double figures. The guard led his team with 15 points, teammate Miller added 13 and Vaught pitched in with 11 scores. Isaiah Amistead added 8 points and 8 rebounds.

Pitts led all scorers with 21 points. He was followed by teammate Hunter Coates added 11 points.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com