Area briefs: Tigers pull away to beat Hornets

Posted: December 6, 2012

From Star staff reports

WINCHESTER — Visiting Hampden-Sydney used a big second half run to key a 91-62 ODAC men’s basketball victory over Shenandoah Wednesday night.

The Tigers (7-1, 2-0 ODAC) erased a one-point, 36-35, deficit with a 14-0 run early in the second half to seize control of the contest.

Shenandoah (3-5, 0-3) had given Hampden-Sydney all it could handle up to that point.

Trailing 27-17 with 9:27 to play in the first, SU finished the half with a 17-11 run to trail by just one, 35-34, at the break.

The Hornets had the possession to start the second, and after sophomore Xavier Alston hit a turnaround jumper 43 seconds into the stanza, Shenandoah owned that 36-35 lead.

Unfortunately for the home fans, Alston’s second chance bucket ignited the Tigers as they scored eight straight points in a span of 91 seconds to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Now with the momentum, Hampden-Sydney scored 30 of the next 34 points of the game in a span of 8:18 to take a commanding 65-40 lead by the midway point of the second half.

The Tigers had two dunks, three 3-pointers and five layups in this spurt as 18 of their points came from inside the paint and 10 came in transition.

Thanks to all of that paint production, the Tigers shot a sizzling 58 percent in the second half (21 of 36) and 52 percent (34 of 66) for the game.

Hampden-Sydney put five players — Harrison George, Cam Anderson, Greg Lewis, Mike Murray and Sam Dale — in double figures.

Anderson led this group with 14.

Jared Carithers had 15 points and Avery Green 10 for SU.

SWIMMING

Clarke girls sweep meet

STRASBURG — The Clarke County girls went 2-0 and the Eagles boys went 1-1 in a double dual meet with Strasburg and East Rockingham Wednesday at the Signal Knob Recreation Center.

The Clarke County girls beat Strasburg 57-37 and East Rockingham 64-29.

The Eagles were led by Marylee Gowdy (first in the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 10.68 seconds and first in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.20) and Giulia Invernizzi (first in the 200 individual medley in 2:32.04 and first in the 500 free in 5:45.51). The duo also helped the Eagles win the 200 medley relay in 2:08.06.

The Clarke County boys beat East Rockingham 43-38 and lost to Strasburg 54-37.

The Eagles were led by Andrew Walraven (first in the 50 free in 26.49).