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Jan. 8 Fauquier County high school sports roundup

Wednesday, Jan. 8 | By Jeff Malmgren
Airielle Jenkins had a game-high nine points during Wakefield's 43-17 win over Fredericksburg Academy. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
The Wakefield Owls held the Fredericksburg Academy girls basketball team to two points in the first quarter and one point in the fourth quarter en route to a 43-17 blowout victory on the road.

Freshman point guard Autumn Sanders led the Owls with nine points and three of their 12 steals. Airielle Jenkins also had nine points, while Naomi Mutombo had eight and Alexis Smith had seven.

Mutombo added seven rebounds and two steals, while Smith had four rebounds and two assists.

Wakefield (7-3) took an 11-2 lead by the end of the first quarter and a 21-8 lead by halftime. The Owls expanded that lead to 34-16 by the end of the third quarter and finished the game on a 9-1 run.

Brooke Point boys basketball 67, Liberty 38

The Liberty Eagles will soon have a midseason measuring stick with which to assess their improvement.

Four of the Eagles’ next six games will be against opponents they previously lost to this season.

Liberty (0-8) had its first rematch Wednesday against Brooke Point and lost, 67-38, on the road in Stafford. Unfortunately, that 29-ponit margin of defeat was exactly the same as in a 63-34 loss to Brooke Point on Dec. 18.

On Wednesday, Brooke Point took a 20-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and Liberty never recovered.

Freshman guard Bailey Kestner led the Eagles with a career-high 10 points, while senior center Stephen Hinton had seven rebounds (six offensive) and senior forward Arber Kasniqi had eight.

Fauquier boys basketball 57, James Wood 54

Thirty-six days after losing to the James Wood boys basketball team by 15 points at home in Warrenton, the Fauquier Falcons reversed roles Wednesday. They beat the James Wood Colonels, 57-54, on the road in Winchester.

“We’ve made some headway … from the beginning of the season to now,” Fauquier coach Wayne Brizzi said.

Since losing their season-opener to James Wood, 73-58, Dec. 3, the Falcons have lost only two games and have a 6-3 record. They lead the Conference 22 standings with a 3-1 mark.

On Wednesday, the Falcons shot the ball well while the Colonels cooled off a little after a hot shooting performance Dec. 3.

“The first time we played them they shot over 50 percent,” Brizzi said. “I don’t know if we played better defense. We’d like to think that. … We had a nice game.”

The Falcons, in fact, made 51 percent of their field goal attempts. Jay Jay Roberts made 5 of 10 field goals and 8 of 10 free throws for a game-high 19 points, while Jeremiah Blackwell made 6 of 10 field goals and scored 17 points. Elijah Barbour added 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting.

“Our shot selection has been better,” Brizzi said. “Our shooting … it’s been steadily working up.”

The Falcons also had only 12 turnovers compared to eight assists – two assists each for Barbour, Blackwell and Travis Croson.

“We took care of the ball a little better,” Brizzi said. “Did a great job.”

Fauquier took a 29-26 lead by halftime and held on to a slim lead most of the second half. The Colonels had a chance to tie with their final possession, but missed a deep 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Roberts also had nine rebounds in the game, while LaReco Robinson had six. Barbour led Fauquier with two steals.
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