Prep roundup: Jan. 7
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FRONT ROYAL — A game-high 24 points from Taylor Henry propelled Skyline to a convincing 57-40 win over Warren County Friday night.
In the opening quarter, Warren County hung tough, as sophomore Brianna Caison controlled the offense for the Wildcats. Caison, who led the team with 11 points, helped Warren County take just a seven-point deficit into halftime.
But Henry was too much for the Wildcats. Her game-high in points, along with 11 points from Kristina Salazar and five points from freshman Jenny Norman, guided the Hawks to the win. Alesha Adams had nine points for Warren County, while Valery Eller racked up five points in the loss.
“They were doing a good job of running their offense in the first half,” Taylor Henry said, “so we knew we had to slow them down. In the second half we did a good job of making them play in their half court offense and that gave them some trouble and we were able to take advantage.”
Warriors 69, James Wood 57
WINCHESTER — For three quarters, Sherando’s half-court offense was beleaguered by James Wood’s box-and-one defense, and Colonels center Shannan Thorne scored often enough that the Warriors’ leads remained minimal.
James Wood even led for some time.
But a monstrous 14-0 run by Sherando early in the fourth quarter, opened by a layup from Morgan Sirbaugh and concluded by a score from Morgan Sirbaugh, helped ensure Sherando of its first district win since the 2008-09 season.
It also nullified Thorne’s 33 game-high points and 28 rebounds. No other Colonel scored in double digits.
Three players, meanwhile, registered double-digit points for Sherando, and two others nearly did: Morgan Sirbaugh scored 22, Erin Drumheller scored 15 and Courtney Reid added 13.
Megan Sirbaugh and Briana Hudnall both scored eight for Sherando.
“They came out and ran a great scheme against us, they had us on our heels,” Sherando coach Kevin Reed said. “With that said, we were getting open shots and we weren’t hitting them.
Reid was 0-for-4 from 3-point range before hitting three 3-pointers in the third quarter. Her second 3-pointer tied the game, 39-39, and her third gave Sherando a 44-43 lead.
Falcons 62, Bison 47
SWOOPE — Jensen Hoover recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead Central to a 62-47 victory over Shenandoah District rival Buffalo Gap on Friday.
Hoover also had four steals for the Falcons, who improved to 3-1 in district play and 8-1 overall.
Brenna Cook tallied a team-high 16 points, plus added five rebounds, five steals and three assists for Central. Also for the Falcons, Taylor Pumphrey finished with 10 points.
Pioneers 76, Judges 11
WINCHESTER — Millbrook used a 23-1 run to end the first quarter to pull away for a 76-11 victory over Handley in Northwestern District action.
Millbrook junior Courtni Green had 29 points, eight steals and five rebounds to lead the Pioneers (10-0, 1-0). Sara Mead had 15 points, six assists and five steals and Alisha Mobley had 14 points and five rebounds for Millbrook.
The Pioneers held the Judges to only two points in the second half.
Eagles 79, Panthers 19
BERRYVILLE — Clarke County got off to an impressive start in Bull Run District play, demolishing rival Rappahannock County on Friday.
The Eagles scored all the points they needed in the first quarter with a 30-point output.
Todd Benton led a balanced attack with 16 points for Clarke County (6-4, 1-0 Bull Run). Grant Shaw added 11 points and Ethan Emmart had 10 for the Eagles.
Bison 73, Falcons 59
WOODSTOCK — Matt Kennell poured in a game-high 32 points to lead Buffalo Gap past host Central in a Shenandoah District matchup on Friday.
Central (4-5, 2-2 Shenandoah) got a solid outing from Travis Cooper, who tallied a team-high 17 points.
Also for the Falcons, Matt Sherfey and David Hoye added 12 points apiece.
Mountaineers 59, Rams 34
MADISON — A dreadful start cost Strasburg in Friday’s Bull Run District loss to Madison County.
The Rams were held scoreless through the first eight minutes, and struggled the rest of the way against the Mountaineers.
Jonathan Kloosterman led Strasburg (3-6, 0-1 Bull Run) with 12 points, and Ryan McElroy just missed double digits with nine.