Stonewall Jackson falls to E. Rockingham

QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson’s girls basketball team took nearly three quarters to score a field goal against traditional Shenandoah District foe East Rockingham Tuesday night enroute to a 55-16 defeat that proved a divot in the Generals’ otherwise solid season.

Stonewall (0-4 district, 5-6 overall) had won just two games in the last two years, so the quintet of victories are welcomed by Stonewall coach Jeff Burner and his staff. But shooting woes continue to confound the coach and his players.

“We played pretty good defense in the first half and actually had some nice offensive sets in the second half, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the basket. It’s been an ongoing mission,” Burner said.

The Generals started the season 3-0 and they were playing the 3-2, 5-6 Eagles who won back to back state championships in the 2011-13.

The Eagles never trailed and led 27-4 at halftime.

Junior Lexi Dean, a three-year starter for coach Paul Comer’s team, led all scorers and rebounders with 18 points and 7 caroms. She received support from teammates Danielle Werner and Madison Shifflett. Each of the latter totaled 10 points.

“Lexi’s been with me for a while now. She’s strong around the basket,” said East Rockingham’s Comer.

Sophomore guard J.J. Dellinger led the Generals with five points on two field goals.

It was senior Kelsey Kokkonen who scored Stonewall’s first basket of the night. It came with 22 seconds left in the third quarter. The put-back made the score 43-8 East Rockingham. Dellinger scored right behind her. The third period ended with the Generals trailing by 35.

“We’re doing better in terms of wins and losses,” said Burner. But you can only hold a team for so long. If we make our free throws (4 of 13 in the first half) and make a few baskets, it’s a closer game.”

East Rockingham allowed Stonewall Jackson just three baskets for the game.

“That’s our defense, and it’s something we worked on over the break,” said Comer.