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Webster’s hot start helps Kettle Run girls outscore Fauquier, 47-32

Monday, Jan. 13 | By Fred Hodge
Jasmine Webster sincerely expected her Kettle Run girls basketball team to beat Fauquier Friday night. To ensure that result, Webster said coach Sarah Ventresco talked to them about playing strong defense, and not being overconfident.

The Cougars never trailed Friday at Fauquier en route to a 47-32 victory over the highly-motivated Falcons as Webster poured in 10 first-quarter points to help stake the visitors to a 14-7 margin following eight minutes of play. The game stood tied at 2-2 before the Cougars notched the next eight points to establish a more comfortable working margin.

The halftime advantage would remain at seven points at 24-17, but the winners would tally the first five points of the second half and nine of the first 10 to lead 33-18.

Webster was a star all night, leading the way with 20 points and nine rebounds. Cougars Addy Foudray and Hannah Frye scored seven each.

Winning coach Sarah Ventresco said the coaches and girls had discussed several goals heading into the intra-country fray.

"Overall, we achieved many of our goals. We wanted to keep them at 32 points or less," Ventresco said. After her team improved to 3-7 for the season, including its second win this winter over Fauquier. "And we wanted to rebound the ball better than the game before," a 49-38 loss at Eastern View the previous night when Webster scored 21 points.

Kettle Run hauled down 33 caroms versus the Falcons.

"We came out quickly and then lost a lot of momentum," Ventresco offered. "Our second half was much better. We knew they would come out hard."

"We had played them before [this season]," Webster began, pointing to a 48-22 win Dec. 27 in the semifinals of the Fauquier County Winter Classic. "We didn't want to come out overconfident." believing the Cougar defense was a strong element in the win;

"We didn't didn't want to play too far out …they would be able to drive to the basket," Webster explained.

The Falcons now stand at 0-9 entering this week, but coach George Jolley remains resolute the extremely young Falcons are demonstrating some improvement in several areas. "We're staying positive," Jolley said. "We're still going to get opportunities.
"The girls still are working hard...they are still having fun. "You can't ask for more than that," he said

One of the primary weak spots, Jolley agreed, is the lack of marksmanship on the current roster.

"I can't tell how many layups we missed tonight," the coach emphasized. "The girls were taking wrong angles...that made some of the shots much harder than they should have been."

Senior Serra Kroencke noted many of the members this squad had never played together prior to this season, so there definitely was a period of adjustment.
"Now, we still had so much heart tonight," the Falcon post player said. "There's been a lot better bonding as a team. That's an achievement in itself. "People are playing together as a team. They are taking shots they can make."

Kroencke led Fauquier with 10 points to six by Ashtyn Foddrell and Kaylee Lamper's five. Rebekah Embrey and Angel Robinson
both tallied four points.

Fauquier plays at Chancellor Thursday prior to a Friday contest at Courtland.

Kettle Run will be at home for a trio of games this week, as Culpeper (Wednesday), Loudoun Valley (Thursday) and Spotsylvania (Saturday) come to town.

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