Central JV girls complete undefeated basketball season

Central girls junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach Caline Rexrode smiles at the end of a JV game with William Monroe recently. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK – Central varsity girls basketball head coach Bryan Scott paid a special visit to Central’s junior varsity team after Tuesday’s 58-15 victory over William Monroe. The win gave the JV team an undefeated season.

Scott was the Peter Muhlenburg Middle School coach for several years and has coached many of them before.

“I went into the locker room after the game and I told them how proud I am,” Scott said. “There are several girls that are on that JV team that hadn’t lost a game for a couple years. Last year at the (Peter Muhlenburg) middle school we went 9-0. So they carried it over into JV season.

“I told them I’m really proud of them. That just makes Central basketball look bright in the future. That makes me proud when I can look around and know my JV team is undefeated. That puts a smile on my face.”

It’s been a special year for Scott and his entire coaching staff as the varsity team went 19-2 in the regular season, and shared the Bull Run District title with William Monroe. The varsity team is the top seed in Conference 35 and hosts Strasburg at 7 p.m. Saturday in the tournament semifinals. Central has clinched a Region 2A East berth and will start regional play today.

Central girls basketball coach Bryan Scott prepares to break out of their huddle after a time out during their Feb. 9 game with William Monroe. Rich Cooley/Daily

Central JV head coach and varsity assistant coach Caline Rexrode said it was a lot of fun coaching the JV team to a perfect 20-0 record.

“There’s no state tournament, there’s no championships. So you get a winning season, and the highest we can go is undefeated,” Rexrode said. “So they’re super excited. At the beginning of the year they told me that’s what they wanted to do. They wanted to win games and we won games.”

Rexrode said as the season went on the team played better and played more as a team.

The JV team held opponents to under 30 points in 13 of their 20 contests. Rexrode said defense was a huge part of their success.

“We were a defensive team, very much a fast break team,” Rexrode said. “A lot of fast girls. Conditioning and defense is my two big things. This group of girls were great at it. They really pushed themselves in practice with running and conditioning. We do a lot of pressing, so a lot of fast breaks – that’s really our key to everything.”

That will serve the varsity program well considering it’s also the style of play the varsity team uses.

Scott is in his first year as a head coach, and Rexrode is in her first year as a coach. Scott said he tried to help her out as much as he could.

Lauren Taylor is the assistant coach for both JV and varsity and Rebecca Mauck is a volunteer assistant for the varsity. Scott said the four coaches all get along and have worked really well together in their first year together.

“We all work good together,” Scott said. “That’s something that I’m proud of, that we can kind of work together and sometimes joke around on the bench with one another.”

Success is nothing new to Central’s girls basketball program. The varsity team advanced to the Group 3A state semifinals two years ago, and has a goal of going back to the state tournament this year.

The JV consists of five sophomores, five freshmen and two eighth graders. For them, their shining moment came on Monday when they completed their goal of a perfect season.

“It’s always a dream. You want to go undefeated,” Rexrode said. “It’s always something you think ‘we can do it,’ and the more we won I was like ‘you know what? I think we got this. I think we can really do this.’ I think the girls can really step up and do it. They really wanted it.”

Rexrode said it was a special feeling when the dream of an undefeated season became a reality.

“We walked into the game thinking this is going to be our last game,” Rexrode said. “Two hours from now we can be undefeated. Once the clock started ticking down we were all thinking it’s real and it’s starting to sink in that we went undefeated and it’s a big thing.”

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