Broy’s key throws win it for Warren

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County girls basketball junior tri-captain Caile Broy did not score a slew of points Friday night, but the ones she did make were key as Warren County’s 54-46 victory over James Monroe propelled the Wildcats out of this quarterfinal Group Region 3A East Conference 28 victory toward a Wednesday semifinal.

“Caile Broy was outstanding. She made some key free throws and got some important rebounds in the second half,” said Warren coach John Kelly, whose team will be making its second straight conference tournament semifinal game in as many years.

About those free throws: Warren made an unofficial 18-of-39 of them. They almost proved to be the ‘Cats’ undoing, except for the fact that Broy made five of six of hers (7 total points) and those players who missed the most also happened to play the best defense.

“We had two girls that missed the majority of those free throws,” said Kelly.

The Wildcats (10-14) will advance to play the winner of Friday’s quarterfinal game between Manassas Park at top seed William Monroe. The Yellow Jackets finish the season 6-17.

Warren County was seeded fourth here and the visitors were fifth.

Warren County opened with a 6-0 lead, which was eclipsed by James Monroe 9-6 with 2:26 left in the first quarter.

But a traditional three-point play by sophomore Nikki Roof tied the game at 12. The Yellow Jackets took a quick 4-point lead to start the second quarter, but the Wildcats fought back.

Kima Robinson (11 points, 3 steals) scored five points. Roof’s follow-up after an offensive rebound put Warren County on top, 19-16. It was the Wildcats’ largest lead since early.

Monica Dit briefly stopped the run with a basket and a one-point Warren lead, but reserve Maye Dade rebounded a missed free throw and her score gave the Wildcats a 21-18 advantage.

James Monroe scored five straight points and led by two with 1:47 showing on the halftime clock.

A 3-point play by Jazzmin-Guy Swain made it 26-22 with 41.8 to go.

Schroyer and Roof dropped free throws to make it 26-24 at half.

Both teams fouled a lot in the first half. Warren’s Robinson picked up three. Monroe’s Ditt and Crismon Pettus each had three personals. The latter two fouled out.

Dit, a 6-foot-3 senior, had a half-leading 14 points and 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Robinson had eight first-half points.

Neither team enjoyed more than a two-point lead in the third period until James Monroe jutted out to a 34-30 lead with 4:02 showing.

From there Warren County scored nine straight points and assumed a five-point lead.

Hoops by Mikella Monter and Dit pulled James Monroe within 39-38, but Broy culminated the period with four straight points.

“Sometimes our team can struggle in the second half, so we had to hit some shots. My routine at the foul line is to spin the ball, take two dribbles and then shoot,” said Broy, a transfer from Clarke County who came off the bench.

Warren had assumed a 44-38 lead heading into the final frame.   Broy advanced that lead to six with an old-fashioned three-point play.

With 3:47 left, Dit fouled out with James Monroe trailing 46-42 She finished with 26 points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Interestingly, it was free throws that Warren made to keep James Monroe at bay.

“We wanted to get the ball inside on the big girl (Dit) and, for the most part we did that,” said Kelly.

Robinson scored 13 points and reserve Maye Dade added 10.

Another backup, Cor’shauna Cunningham, pulled down six rebounds, four in the second half.