STRASBURG — Skyline’s girls basketball team couldn’t have asked for a much better performance on Monday morning.
The Hawks dominated from start to finish in a 50-11 victory over East Hardy in the white bracket consolation game of the Ram Hardwood Classic at Strasburg.
The tournament was divided into two brackets for boys and girls. Sherando beat Moorefield 48-26 in the girls purple bracket consolation game. Sherando’s boys basketball team fell to Manassas Park 79-73 in triple-overtime in the boys purple bracket consolation game.
Skyline’s girls basketball team played in the first game of the day at 10 a.m., but showed no rust from playing so early. The Rams raced out to a 20-2 lead in the first quarter and didn’t look back.
“Instead of doing what we normally do for warm-ups, we totally revamped it,” Skyline girls basketball coach Jim Kenney said. “We ran some competitive type things instead of layups and stretching. We’re stretching before we come out now and we come out and we just get after it (in warm-ups). We put in some more competitive things and I think that helped us come out in that first half a lot more aggressive. ...We did come out focused and aggressive, which is what we need. So I was really happy with that.”
East Hardy, which has a young squad, committed 25 turnovers in the first half. Skyline had a 28-7 lead at halftime.
Jordan Kenney led the Hawks with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. CiCi Difiglia had nine points and Christa Grady had eight points and five rebounds.
Skyline had nine of its 11 players score in the contest.
“When you’ve got 11 girls on varsity, it’s hard to get everybody playing time,” Jim Kenney said. “When you’re in close games, it’s hard to get everybody playing time. Games like this, I want to play the girls that work hard in practice because they all work hard in practice. They all work really hard in practice. I want them all to play but sometimes it’s a little harder than others.”
Skyline (3-5) opens up Class 3 Northwestern District play Friday at Brentsville before playing George Mason and Fauquier next week.
“That’s three really good games for us,” Jim Kenney said. “Hopefully from a game like today, we can build up some momentum and go into the game this Friday confident. We should be confident because we’ve got the players that can win some games.”
Sherando’s girls basketball team rallied from a slow start in the first half and dominated in the second half.
The Warriors (6-6) outscored the Yellow Jackets 14-6 in the third quarter to take a 29-21 lead into the final eight minutes of play. Then they used a 13-3 run in the fourth to seal the game.
“I thought we played well, especially after a little slow start,” Sherando girls basketball coach Brooklyn Wilson said. “It took us a while to get our offense going, but the second half — that was a great basketball team out there on the court. We were very pleased how everybody, you know when their name was called, just rotated in. They were ready to go and take over. So we we were very pleased and proud with their performance today.”
Sherando junior Haley Mack had 19 points and six rebounds and freshman Grace Burke had 14 points, all of which came in the second half. Sherando sophomore Ella Carlson had six points and 10 rebounds.
Wilson said she was pleased with how Mack played Monday and this season after taking a year off from basketball last year.
“Not only she is one of the quickest players on the court, usually, but she can just do so much on offense and defense,” Wilson said. “She’s a threat from the outside, which makes her difficult to guard. She’s been helping too with our transition game — trying to get some easy buckets. So when we can get a good outlet pass to her she really helps get things going in that way was well.”
Sherando lost to Moorefield earlier this season, 39-26. Wilson said that the second half of the team’s loss to Strasburg on Friday and Monday’s second half against Moorefield were the best the team has played this season.
“I told them tonight the second half against Strasburg on Friday night and then the second half tonight when we play like that we’re going to be in a lot of good games and we can pick up some more wins,” she said. “Probably some that we should have won earlier this season had we played to our potential. So I think it’s going to be a good second half of the season if we can keep this rolling.”
Sherando’s boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Manassas Park. The Warriors rallied from a five-point deficit over the last 1:47 of regulation.
Sherando 6-foot-4 junior Keli Lawson scored on a putback with 13 seconds left in regulation to give the Warriors a 54-53 lead. However, Manassas Park’s Jace Garza made 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game in the final seconds and send it into overtime.
Lawson scored all six of Sherando’s points in the first overtime, including the game-tying basket with 43 seconds left in the extra period.
The Warriors (3-8) had their best chance to win the game in the second overtime. Sherando held leads of 64-60 and 67-64, but turnovers hurt the Warriors.
Sherando, which has been hurt by turnovers all season, committed four in the final two minutes of the second overtime.
“We has some situations again at the end where we panicked when we had the ball,” Sherando boys basketball coach Garland Williams said. “We just tossed it all over the place. We talked about it before the game and talked about in the timeouts, as far as we need to possess and worst case is we don’t have a man open — we can take a timeout or take a five-second count don’t just throw it. That’s where we’re struggling at now. I feel we’re right there. We just got to put four quarters together to get over the hump.”
Manassas Park’s Payton Simmons scored all seven of his team’s points in the second overtime at the free-throw line.
Sherando’s Graham Schultz, Dylan Rodeffer and Adrian Myers all fouled out in either the first or second overtime and it hurt the team in the third extra session.
Manassas Park went on a 6-0 run to start the third overtime and held on for the win.
Lawson had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Warriors. Cole Armel had 17 points and Zachary Symons had 13 points for Sherando.