FRONT ROYAL — Skyline’s girls basketball team struggled in the second quarter on Monday and couldn’t recover.
The Hawks only scored three points in the period en route to a 54-46 non-district loss to Fauquier in the season opener for both teams.
“It was a tough one,” Skyline girls basketball coach Jim Kenney said. “We had a really bad second quarter. They outscored us, 18-3. We just kind of dropped the ball. The third quarter we played fairly even with them and we actually won the fourth quarter. By that time, it was just too late.”
The Hawks (0-1) led throughout the first period. Both teams struggled from the field in the opening quarter, making a combined five shots.
Skyline used an 8-2 run over the last 2:10 of the first period to take an 11-6 lead. Skyline senior Jordan Kenney had a 3-pointer and junior Breanna Marcey had four straight points to end the quarter.
Both teams continued to struggle early in the second period, combining for one point in the first three minutes.
Fauquier (1-0) scored 17 points in the last 4:12 of the second period to pull away for good.
The Falcons hit four of their last nine shots from the field in the opening half and made seven free throws.
Fauquier made three free throws in the last six seconds of the half to take a 24-14 halftime lead.
Skyline went 3-for-15 (20%) from the foul line in the opening half. The Hawks also had 15 of their 20 total turnovers in the first half.
“Turnovers were huge,” Jim Kenney said. “We had so many turnovers that we shouldn’t have had.”
The Falcons used a 10-2 run in the third period to extend the lead to 39-22 with 3:41 left in the third.
The Hawks fought back in the fourth period. Skyline went on a 13-4 run, led by five points from Kyra Whitmore, to cut the lead to 50-42 with 1:29 left.
Fauquier was able to make four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
“That last four minutes I thought we played really well,” Jim Kenney said. “It was just too little, too late.”
Fauquier was led by Tiana Minor’s 17 points and 13 from Skyler Furr.
Jordan Kenney led the Hawks with 12 points, while Whitmore added 10.
Skyline hosts Sherando today. Jim Kenney said his young team will need to play much better than they did on Monday.
“We’ve got three games in a row coming up where we play Sherando, we play Millbrook, we play James Wood,” he said. “If we do this against those teams, it’s going to be rough. It’s going to be rough. On the positive side, we’ve got some things that we think we can fix fairly easily.”