Area briefs: Chrane’s 33 leads Clarke girls past Cougars

Posted: January 30, 2013

From Star staff reports

Manassas Park — Sydney Chrane posted a career-high 33 points to lead the Clarke County girls’ basketball team to a 67-25 win over Manassas Park on the road Tuesday.

The Eagles (15-4, 8-3 Bull Run) outscored the host Cougars 25-4 in the first quarter and were never threatened.

Chrane, whose previous career-high had been 31, also grabbed eight rebounds.

Teammate Anna Blue Catlett added 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win for Clarke County.

Judges 41, Hawks 31

FRONT ROYAL — Alysandra Worrell scored 18 points to lead Handley to a Northwestern District win over Skyline Tuesday.

The Judges (9-8, 2-4 Northwestern) were also led by Angelica Robinson’s 11 points.

Boys’ Basketball

Patriots 75, Front Royal Christian 46

STEPHENS CITY — Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a home win over Front Royal Christian Tuesday.

SVCA (9-7) got a game-high 23 points from sophomore Lucas Pufnock and junior Evan Hotek (12 rebounds and five blocks).

Mike Powell added 10 points and Tanner Foster scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in the victory.

Conquerors 91, Pirates 35

Paw Paw, W.Va. — Senior Brandon Pressley grabbed the 1,000th rebound of his high school career and Mountain View Christian Academy cruised to a rout of Paw Paw on the road Tuesday.

MVCA (20-5) led 30-5 after the first quarter and it never got any closer for the host Pirates.

Pressley, who transferred from SVCA this season, grabbed 17 rebounds to go along with 22 points and five assists in the game.

Teammate Jonathan Cornwell added a team-high 23 points and James Kirksey chipped in with 22 points in the victory.

Women’s Basketball

Royals 63, Hornets 53

HARRISONBURG – League-leading Eastern Mennonite used a fast start to the second half Tuesday evening of its ODAC women’s basketball game to rally for a 63-53 victory over visiting Shenandoah.

Shenandoah (9-11, 5-6 ODAC) took a 32-27 lead into the halftime lockerroom but could only watch as EMU (14-5, 10-1) went on a 15-3 run coming out of the break to take a lead it would not relinquish.

Junior Crystal Petrus had the lone SU bucket during the run, hitting a 3-pointer at the 18:15 mark.

After falling behind by eight points, Imani Heggins and Holly Chittenden hit consecutive layups for the Hornets to cut the deficit to four with 5:52 remaining.

Unfortunately for coach C.K. Calhoun’s club, the Royals scored the next five points of the game and closed the game out on a 10-5 run to provide the final margin of victory.

Shenandoah had taken the five-point halftime lead on the strength of 48 percent shooting (14 of 29) and a 20-18 advantage on the glass.

EMU, which was 11 of 28 in the first half (39 percent) in the opening stanza, shot a strong 52 percent (13 of 25) in the second and grabbed 18 of the 32 rebounds to fuel the rally.

Chittenden paced SU with a game-high 14 points while Nicole Gilbertson had 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds and Petrus 10 points.

Bianca Ygarza had 12 points for the hosts.

The Hornets return to action on Saturday for a 2 p.m. home contest against Hollins. It is Senior Day for SU and Gilbertson will be honored prior to tip off.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SU puts 2 on all-state team

FERRUM — Shenandoah University had two football student-athletes named All-State in selections announced late Monday by the Virginia State Sports Information Directors Association.

Seniors Jajuan Johnson and Cory Gay were named to the first and second team, respectively, in voting conducted by the SIDs throughout the commonwealth.

Johnson grabs a first team spot at linebacker after leading the league in tackles per game, 11.9, and finishing fourth in total tackles, 107.

Johnson’s 107 stops are a new school record.

Gay, a three-year starter at punter, joins Johnson in earning the VaSID honor after averaging 36.9 yards per punt this season. This was just .2 yards from leading the league and he led the ODAC in both punts downed inside the 20, 11, and fair caught, 15.

Gay was a perfect 4 for 4 passing this season on fake punts. All four passes went for first downs.

In addition to the VaSID honors, both were named first team All-ODAC, Johnson first team All-State by the Roanoke Times and Gay was tabbed as the Touchdown Club of Richmond Special Teams Player of the Year.