Area briefs: Handley girls rout No. 2 ’Cats

Posted: February 20, 2013

From Star staff reports

FRONT ROYAL — The No. 7-seeded Handley girls’ basketball team took advantage of No. 2 Warren County’s depleted backcourt to post a convincing 52-31 victory in the opening round of the Region II, Division 3 playoffs.

Both of Warren’s starting guards, Autumn Troxell and Jordyn Beckner, were suspended from the team for violation of team rules and the Wildcats missed the 20-plus points of production the two provided.

After a back-and-forth first quarter that left the Judges down one at 11-10, they started to exploit the Wildcats’ backcourt and forced eight turnovers in rout to a 21-0 run and outscored Warren 23-3 to blow the game open

“The second quarter was pretty good for us, because we usually don’t put up that many points,” said Handley coach Marvin Scott. “Our defense helped us transition into some better shots.”

Warren County junior Alesha Adams, the Evergreen District Player of the Year, helped carry the Wildcats in the opening quarter with nine of her team-high 12 points, but Handley’s Tomekia Waller’s defense took its effect in the pivotal second quarter. Adams misfired on all six of her shots and her teammates couldn’t pick up the slack.

“The girls came out and played a heck of a game,” said Scott. “The season now is 0-0 and you have nothing to lose and all I asked them was to give 100 percent.”

Alysandra Worrell led the Judges’ charge in the second quarter with several easy transition buckets as the Handley freshman scored nine of her game-high 19 points.

With a 33-14 halftime lead, the Judges’ Angelica Robinson, another freshman, scored eight of her 15 points as Handley extended its lead to 24 points heading into the final quarter.

“We’ve had a terrible time in the third quarter this year, but they did a good job of not throwing the ball away and taking some good shots,” said Scott. “They are sticking with what we do and that just shows a little more maturity.”

The Judges will now face No. 3 Western Albemarle, which beat No. 6 Fluvanna County Tuesday, on Thursday night in the Region II, Division 3 semifinals.

“The true tale of the tape of where we are will come on Thursday,” said Scott. “Our philosophy is to take one game at a time. We know how good we can be and we know how bad we can be. We want to stop riding our low points and be more consistent.”

Patriots 69, Crusaders 23

STEPHENS CITY — Amanda Barlow scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy to a win over United Christian in the VACA North Region quarterfinals on Tuesday.

SVCA took control by outscoring United Christian 25-5 in the opening quarter and led 45-11 at the half.

Kayla Freemire added 14 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists, and Hannah McGann chipped in with 11, including three 3-pointers for SVCA. Samatha Yarnell also scored in double figures with 10 points and six rebounds.

The Patriots (16-3) advance to the VACA North Region semifinals on Friday at Ridgeview Christian in Stuarts Draft.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Raiders 66, Colonels 59

LEESBURG — No. 5 James Wood mounted a rally in the fourth quarter but ended up falling short in a loss to No. 4 Loudoun County in the Region II, Division 4 quarterfinals Tuesday evening.

The Colonels (11-15) got a team-high 15 points from Michael Carter and 12 points from Ryland Williams. Junior Cam Butler added 10 points in the loss.

James Wood, which hit seven 3-pointers in the game, trailed 49-35 heading into the fourth quarter before outscoring the host Raiders 24-17 over the final eight minutes.

Conquerors 90, Dragons 30

WINCHESTER — James Kirksey scored 34 points and Brandon Pressley added 22 points and 19 rebounds to lead Mountain View Christian Academy to a win over Stuart Hall in the VACA North Region quarterfinals Tuesday night.

Isaac Foltz added 11 points and nine rebounds for MVCA.

The Conquerors (26-7) advance to the VACA North Region semifinals at Ridgeview Christian on Friday.

Patriots 60, Crusaders 56, OT

STEPHENS CITY — Evan Hotek scored a team-high 17 points to lead Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy to an overtime victory over Ridgeview Christian in the VACA North Region quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

Tanner Foster (10 points) hit two key baskets in overtime to put SVCA ahead for good.

SVCA trailed in the closing seconds before Hotek nailed a 3-pointer from about 28 feet to send the game into overtime.

Mike Powell added 12 points for SVCA, who advances to play United Christian Academy in the VACA North Region semifinals at 8:45 p.m. at Ridgeview Christian Friday night.