Lane, Warriors top Blue Streaks
STEPHENS CITY — With her team struggling, Davina Lane gave them a boost.
The Sherando junior sparked the Warriors and led them to a 68-40 girls basketball victory over Harrisonburg in a Conference 21 West tournament quarterfinal Saturday.
“If one person is doing well the other people feed off of them,” Lane said of her first-period scoring surge. “So why not? Somebody had to do it.”
The Warriors, who beat Harrisonburg 56-24 on Wednesday, started off slowly. They had six first-period turnovers and made only one basket in the first five minutes and 58 seconds of the game.
The Blue Streaks (0-20) built a quick 9-2 lead. Lene Andrawas scored six of the nine points for Harrisonburg.
Lane then took over for the Warriors to give them the surge they needed. The junior made two free throws to start a 10-2 run.
Lane converted two steals into easy layups as she scored 8 straight points.
“Like I’ve always said before, defense is our game,” Lane said. “Defense wins the games, because if you stop them from scoring then you have the ball and you can score.”
Harrisonburg’s Aalilyah Jones scored inside the paint to give the Blue Streaks a 13-12 lead after the first period.
Andrawas converted a conventional 3-point play to start the second period for a 16-12 lead, but the Warriors dominated the rest of the period.
Sherando’s Amber Garrett and Lane hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start an 18-3 run throughout the rest of the second period.
Sherando’s Kathryn Robertson scored 7 points to give the Warriors a lift on offense.
The Warriors (16-7) were able to force eight Harrisonburg turnovers, and the Blue Streaks didn’t make a basket the last 7:22 of the half.
Sherando coach Mike Marsh thought his team learned a lesson on Saturday.
“it was kind of a good lesson for us that we can’t look ahead or look around somebody just because we beat them on Wednesday,” Marsh said. “…I was real pleased with how we figured it out and just finally dug in, got some defense going, got some stops. And the next thing you know we were playing the way we should be.”
The Warriors added to their lead in the third period and had eight different players score. For the game 13 different players scored for Sherando.
“Our whole bench played very well,” Marsh said. “No matter who was on the floor it was maximum effort. Even if we were making mistakes, we were making mistakes as hard as we could.”
Harrisonburg was led by Andrawas with 13 points.
Lane had 15 points and six steals, and Madison Leckie had 10 points for Sherando.
The Warriors will now play at second-seeded Woodgrove at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Conference 21 West semifinals. The two teams split their two meetings this season
“The game could go either way,” Lane said. “They’ve beaten us we’ve beaten them. It just depends on who wants it more.”
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