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Sherando has big week ahead in girls basketball

Sherando coach Mike Marsh gives instructions from the floor in a game on Dec. 20 against Woodgrove. The Warriors play at James Wood and Millbrook in key district and conference games this week. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Much will be on the line for Sherando’s girls basketball team this week.

The Warriors play at James Wood at 6 p.m. Tuesday.  The two teams are tied for first in Conference 21 West. If Sherando wins it would clinch the top seed for the Conference tournament and a Region 4A West berth.

However, that’s not the only big game for Sherando (12-4) this week. The Warriors play at Millbrook on Friday.

Earlier this season, the Warriors knocked off the previously undefeated Pioneers, 51-48. It was Millbrook’s first loss in the Northwestern District in almost four years.

Sherando girls basketball coach Mike Marsh said he’s trying to keep his team focused on just one game at a time.

“We’re in control of our destiny,” Marsh said. “We know the value of every game we play from here on out. We have to look at it one game at a time and play that opponent first. We don’t worry about anybody else.”

Girls basketball

Stonewall Jackson plays at Madison County today, before having two Shenandoah District games with Wilson Memorial on Tuesday and East Rockingham on Friday.

Warren County also has a busy week with games against George Mason, Clarke County and Madison County.

Central has lost three games in a row and is looking to get its season back on track with games against Madison County on Tuesday and Rappahannock County on Thursday.

The Madison County game is especially big for the Falcons because it is a Conference 35 game. Central is tied with Clarke County for second in the conference.

“We definitely got to bounce back on Tuesday and get Madison County, because you don’t want to fall too far in that conference 35,” Central girls basketball coach Bryan Scott said. “Then you catch yourself maybe traveling that long bus ride in the first or second round to (first-place) George Mason. And I kind of want to stay away from that.”

Skyline will look to avenge an early-season Conference 28 loss to Brentsville on the road Tuesday, and then will play at Handley on Thursday.

Strasburg has two Conference 35 games this week. The Rams host first-place George Mason on Tuesday and travel to Clarke County on Thursday.

Boys basketball

Central has a busy week ahead. The Falcons play at Luray on Monday then have Bull Run District road games against Madison County (Wednesday) and Rappahannock County (Friday) and then host Luray on Saturday.

The Falcons are coming off two big wins over Warren County and Clarke County this past weekend. Central boys basketball coach Jeff Whittle said that he’s very happy with how his team is playing.

“I’m impressed with the way we’re playing as a team,” Whittle said. “And if we can continue that into next week it be very key, just playing better basketball down the stretch. It’s a great group of guys and I think we’re starting to play together. It’s a young group and I think they’re staring to play better as a group together.”

Stonewall Jackson will try to get a season sweep of Wilson Memorial when they the Green Hornets on Tuesday, before hosting East Rockingham at 5:30 p.m., Friday.

Strasburg is still searching for its first Conference 35 victory and will have two chances this week on the road against George Mason (Wednesday) and at home against Clarke County (Friday).

Warren County will have three Bull Run District games this week. The Wildcats host George Mason (today), play at Clarke County (Wednesday) and host first-place Madison County (Friday).

Wrestling

The Bull Run District tournament will be held starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Warren County.

The Wildcats will be looking to defend their title.

The Shenandoah County meet will also be held this week. Central will host the meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Sherando will host a quad meet with Handley, Briar Woods and John Champe, starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Warriors also host another quad meet, with Manassas Park, Spotsylvania and Woodgrove, at 5 p.m., Friday.

Stonewall Jackson will participate in a tournament at Riverheads on Saturday.

Swimming

The Shenandoah County meet will be at the Signal Knob Recreation center at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Bull Run District meet will be held at the Manassas Park Community Center at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com