Sherando girls hold off Skyline

STEPHENS CITY – Playing on back-to-back nights, Sherando’s girls basketball team was sluggish on Tuesday night.

However, the Warriors put a little run together in the third period and pulled away with a 38-25 Northwestern District victory over Skyline.

“A win’s a win. It was not pretty at all,” Sherando coach Mike Marsh said. “… We took some really bad shots. We just didn’t do well.”

The Hawks had 23 turnovers, but Sherando had 20. Marsh said the Warriors played really well in a victory over Briar Woods on Monday, but were not the same team Tuesday.

“We need to be able to recover and play well,” Marsh said. “We didn’t recover and respond. That’s the thing we need to get better at is responding and recovering. It’s not that we’re not in great shape. We’re in great shape, it’s just that I don’t think mentally we were as prepared as we needed to be. … That’s my job it’s my job to get them mentally prepared, and I didn’t do a good job at that.”

Both teams struggled in the first half. The Hawks turned the ball over on their first five possessions, but the Warriors were only able to turn that into a 3-0 lead.

The Hawks scored the next six points. Kali Slate scored inside and made a free throw, and Nikea Whitmore hit a 3-pointer for a 6-3 Skyline lead with 1:44 left in the first period.

A free throw by Rebecca Travis and a steal and layup by Madison Leckie tied the game at 6-6 after one period.

It was more of the same in the second period. Sherando scored the first six points, all by Davina Lane to take a 12-6 edge with three minutes remaining in the first half.

The Warriors eventually extended the lead to 16-8 on two free throws by Lane with 1:04 left in the second period. Whitmore cut the lead to six with a basket, and a free throw by Kathryn Robertson gave the Warriors a 17-10 lead at the half.

The two teams combined to shoot 9-for-40 from the floor in the first half.

The Warriors started to pull away in the third period. They used a 9-3 run to build a 30-16 lead. Sherando’s Kelli White and Leckie combined for eight of the points during the run.

“I never ever, ever have a minute of questioning their effort,” Skyline coach Jim Kenney said. “We just have too many silly mistakes. Maybe it’s time for me to re-think how I’m doing things and come up with a better way, because we should be performing better than this by now.”

The Hawks were led by Whitmore with 14 points.

Lane led all scorers with 17 points.

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