If the Wakefield Owls played in the VHSL Evergreen District, they’d likely contend for the girls basketball championship this season.
The Owls, who compete in the VISAA Delaney Athletic Conference, beat the Evergreen co-leading Warren County Wildcats, 59-36, on Saturday to claim their second victory over an Evergreen team this season. Wakefield previously defeated Fauquier, 58-30, on Dec. 19.
Against Warren County (8-7 overall, 3-1 Evergreen), the Owls (12-6 overall) took a 20-11 lead in the first quarter and finished with three players who scored at least 15 points. Airielle Jenkins led the Owls with 19 points, while Kelly Mason had 18.
Emily Granruth, Wakefield’s career scoring leader (boys and girls), added 15 points despite a Warren County defense that focused on her. The Wildcats played a box-and-one defense and face-guarded Granruth in the first quarter, Wakefield coach Paul Sipes said, which forced other Owls to carry the scoring load.
“So we just pulled her out [of the half-court offense] and played four on four with the other players,” Sipes said. “We [played] very well.”
Wakefield expanded its lead to 29-16 by halftime and to 47-26 at the end of the third quarter.
Wildcats’ star Alesha Adams scored a team-high 16 points, but scored seven of those points in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter when Wakefield had an insurmountable lead. Adams also guarded Granruth in the Wildcats’ box-and-one defense.
“They ended up tiring out the Adams girl [chasing] Emily around,” Sipes said. “Coupled with Kelly Mason's suffocating defense we held her to a very average game.”
Granruth also had six rebounds, four steals and three blocks, while Juliana Parra had four steals and three blocks, and Alecys Wallace had four rebounds.
Fred Hardy Jr. track and field invite
The Kettle Run Cougars placed 15th Friday with 12 points at the Fred Hardy Jr. track and field invitational at Fork Union Military Academy.
The Kettle Run girls finished 18th with one point, while the Liberty girls took 16th with six points.
Scoring for the Kettle Run boys were Matt Eggers with a second-place finish in the shot put (47 feet, 1.5 inches) and Josh Tapscott with a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles (6.66),
Taylor Brown took third in the 500 for the Liberty girls, while Lauren Schlenker placed sixth in the 1,000 (3:16.34) for the Kettle Run girls.
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