Area briefs: Stuarts Draft ousts Clarke boys 95-84

Posted: February 21, 2013

From Star staff reports

STUARTS DRAFT — Tyler Rankin scored a game-high 33 points to lead No. 4 Stuarts Draft to a 95-84 win over fifth-seeded Clarke County in the Region B Division 2 boys’ basketball quarterfinals Wednesday night.

Rankin connected on six 3-pointers and went a perfect 9 for 9 from the free-throw line for the Cougars (13-11).

Stuarts Draft — who runs an offensive set very much like James Wood — made 14 3-pointers in the victory.

The Cougars led 73-56 at the end of the third quarter and led by as many as 21, but the Eagles cut the deficit down to five with 1:30 left. Clarke missed a layup and then missed two free throws, and Stuarts Draft hit a couple late threes to seal the victory.

Cody Taylor led Clarke County with 21 points. Sean McDonald added 20 points, and Davey Hardesty chipped in with 16.

All five starters for the Eagles (13-13) finished in double figures (and accounted for all of Clarke’s points) as Josh Dulaney had 15, and Morgan Warfield finished with 12.

Stuarts Draft’s 95 points was a season-high for an opponent against Clarke.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Chittenden earns All-ODAC honor

SALEM — Sophomore Holly Chittenden has been named third team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference in selections announced Wednesday evening as part of the ODAC Tournament banquet.

Chittenden, who was named ODAC Player of the Week on New Year’s Eve, is currently 12th in the league in scoring (10.7 points) and fourth in rebounding (8.4).

She leads the Hornets with eight double-doubles this season, including a 17-point, 10-rebound performance in a 69-64 victory over Hollins on Monday night in the opening round of the ODAC Tournament.

That win advanced SU into the tournament quarterfinals, where C.K. Calhoun’s team will meet No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan tonight at 8.

In addition to being named ODAC Player of the Week, Chittenden earned a spot on the Dickinson All-Tournamrent team in November and was a three-time USA South Conference Rookie of the Week honoree last season.

Men’s Basketball

Lynchburg 90, SU 65

LYNCHBURG — Host Lynchburg College ended Shenandoah University’s men’s basketball season with a 90-65 victory Tuesday night in the opening round of the ODAC Tournament.

Lynchburg (19-7) scored the initial seven points of the game and never looked back against SU (3-23).

Lynchburg rained 3-pointers in the win, hitting a school record 14 for the game, including 11 in the first half.

Lynchburg was 11 for 18 from behind the arc in the first half as it took a 54-31 lead into the break.

After Shenandoah got on the board with a Kevin Lecsaint layup at 17:45, Lynchburg scored 25 of the next 35 points to take a 20-point, 32-12, lead with 8:18 remaining.

The lead reached 26 points with 4:00 remaining before falling to 23 points by the half.

Lynchburg then scored 19 of the first 27 points of the second half to seal the victory.

Freshman Shaquille Rodney paced SU with 13 points, and Lecsaint had a career-high seven points to go along with seven rebounds.

Manny Hernandez had 19 points for Lynchburg.