Warriors girls swamp Hawks

FRONT ROYAL – Early in the season Sherando junior girls basketball player Becca Travis injured her shoulder. The mishap sent her to the bench for a while.

But, according to Warrior coach Mike Marsh, little by little, the 6-footer is working herself back into playing shape.

Tuesday night in Northwestern District play, Travis said that things were healing smoothly as she led all scorers with 15 points on 6 rebounds in Sherando’s 55-31 victory over Skyline at Andrew Keller Court.

“She hurt it after the third or fouth game and I’m thinking she’s just now getting her confidence back,” Marsh said after the Warriors took the season sweep of the regular-season series. His team (12-7 overall, 4-3 district) will play St. Maria Goretti (Maryland) tonight in a second straight non-conference game.

“The thing is to stay sharp and keep playing because this time of year there’s not a lot of time,” said Marsh.

Travis, who plays guard and forward, scored just two points in the first quarter as teammate and fellow junior Davina Lane, who finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, scored 4 and hauled down 3 caroms.

Travis finished, making two 3-point shots and grabbing four rebounds.

Meanwhile, Skyline led the game for the first 17 seconds by the score of 4-2. Sherando went on an 8-0 scoring tear in the next 2 minutes, 22 seconds to make it 10-4.

Three straight free throws by Jakya Jones pulled the Hawks within 10-7 as the first quarter ended. That would be the closest the game became.

Travis cashed a free throw and then a hoop to make it 13-7.

“My shoulder feels totally fine right now. Nothing’s wrong with it. I like to look for my score, but I also like to find my teammates. That’s the goal,” said Travis.

After Skyline’s Makaela Dawkins scored, Lane canned a pair of free throws and then Madison Leckie contributed a basket for a 17-9 Sherando advantage.

After a pair of missed free throws by Skyline, Lane again scored for a 10-point Warrior advantage.

The Warriors led by 23-15 at the half, and the 24-point difference was the biggest of the game.

“Look, we’re playing three freshman, a sophomore and a junior; that’s young,” said Skyline (6-13, 0-6) coach Jim Kinney. “Talent-wise, I don’t think we’re that far away. We just need the experience. But it’s as I told the girls in the locker room, in five or six games our season is going to be over, but you can’t put the basketball away. We’ve got to find them some travel teams to play for to get better,” said Kinney.

Nikea Whitmore led Skyline with 8 points, including two 3-point bombs.