Girls Basketball Roundup: Warhill Wins Scrappy Game Over York is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Olivia Schulz
Olivia Schulz prepares to juke to the inside. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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Warhill's Kieran McClure scored a game-high 13 points to lead the Lions to a 42-23 home victory against York on Thursday evening.

While the Lions won by a comfortable 19 points, Warhill Coach Bingo Brungot said he was "pretty disappointed" in his team's performance against a young York team.

"We've got to get better and make our layups," he said after the game. "We left 30 or 40 points out there in layups."

Neither team played a technically sound or offensively pretty game Thursday, as both teams rushed on the offensive side of the court, forced passes into the lane and missed open layups.

Warhill's Olivia Schulz and York's Madison Van Dyke were the only two players to open the game on the right foot.

While an aggressive half-court press from the Lions forced the Falcons to commit turnovers, Van Dyke managed to fight to the rim and draw contact that led to foul shots. Van Dyke scored all seven of her — and York's — points in the opening quarter.

"We didn't change our defense, but the girls realized we needed to know where she is and we recovered better," Brungot said about holding Van Dyke scoreless over the final three quarters.

On the other end of the court, Schulz orchestrated the Warhill offense from the point and also drew foul shots while driving the lane. Schulz finished the quarter with five points and ended the game with nine.

With Van Dyke struggling to find her offense in the second quarter, York spread the ball around more and pulled other players into the action. The same went for Warhill, as Schulz scored just two points in the second quarter and other players picked up the slack.

The second quarter mirrored the frenetic pace of the first quarter as both teams still struggled to find consistent looks. Warhill navigated the hectic first half and held a 26-15 lead at halftime.

York's offense struggled mightily in the second half as Warhill forward Kieran McClure made her presence felt on the defensive end. With her height and quickness, McClure disrupted plays on defense and picked up the scoring on the offensive end.

McClure scored 10 of her 13 points in the third quarter, which included two made 3-pointers. With her efforts, McClure and the Lions extended their lead to 41-19 by the end of the third quarter.

With mostly reserve players in during the fourth quarter, both teams continued to struggle on offense until the final buzzer sounded.

Warhill (2-0) will prepare for a big road game against Smithfield on Tuesday, while York (1-1) will travel to take on Poquoson that same night.

York: 7 8 4 4 — 23
Warhill: 15 11 15 1 — 42

York: Van Dyke 7, Shoats 2, Bennett 2, Horner 2, Winfree 6, North 4
Warhill: Rochard 6, Schulz 9, K. Cooke 4, Fannin 9, McClure 13, Ford 1
3-point goals: Warhill 2 (McClure 2)


Jamestown Logs First Win of Season

Juliette Sim and Jamiyah Johnson paced Jamestown to its first win of the season, defeating Poquoson at home 62-43 on Thursday.

Sim, who finished the game with 18 points, opened the first quarter on fire, draining a trio of 3-pointers. Sim logged 13 points in the opening eight minutes of play.

The second quarter was dominated by Johnson, who scored eight of her game-high 20 points in the quarter. By halftime, Jamestown held a commanding 31-16 lead over the Islanders.

Johnson continued her strong play in the third quarter, as she and Anaya Simmons each chipped in seven points during Jamestown's highest scoring quarter of the game.

With a sizable lead in hand, Jamestown cruised in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.

Jamestown (1-1) will look to continue its winning ways during a home stand against Smithfield on Monday.

Poquoson: 8 8 12 15 — 43
Jamestown: 18 13 22 9 — 62

Poquoson: Erb 7, Forrest 4, Long 4, Fan 19, Jennings 6, McDevitt 2
Jamestown: Peterson 4, Sim 18, Knotts 1, Boyd 4, Williams 5, Mingo 1, Simmons 9, Johnson 20
3-point goals: Poquoson 2 (Fan), Jamestown 5 (Peterson, Sim 3, Simmons)


Bruton Tops Grafton for First Time in Five Years

It took Bruton's girls basketball team five years to find a way to get past Grafton, but the Panthers did so Thursday evening in dramatic fashion when they topped the Clippers 62-50 in overtime.

In what ended up being a defensive battle through the first four quarters, free throws wound up the deciding factor in the game.

Grafton shot 7-of-25 from the free-throw line during the game, including 10 missed attempts in the fourth quarter. Conversely, the Panthers went 6-of-8 from the stripe in the fourth quarter as Kelsey Sluss, who finished with 22 points, went a perfect 6-of-6.

With missed free throws by Grafton sending the game into overtime, the Clippers suffered a setback as center Mikaela Swann fouled out and left a mostly young and inexperienced roster on the court.

Despite Haley Cunningham's game-high 26 points, the Clippers were unable to find any offense in the fourth quarter as the Bruton defense buckled down over the final five minutes.

Bruton (2-0) will look to continue its win streak when it hosts Poquoson on Saturday, while Grafton (1-1) will travel to take on Tabb on Tuesday.

Bruton: 12 10 16 12 12 — 62
Grafton: 11 11 15 13 0 — 50

Bruton: Samuel 12, My. Johnson 9, Calloway 3, Wynne 2, Sluss 22, Ma. Johnson 4, Lucas 10
Grafton: Cunningham 26, Tavares 2, Jones 2, Franklin 4, Hare 5, Swann 9, Smith 2
3-point goals: Bruton 2 (My. Johnson, Sluss), Grafton 3 (Cunningham 2, Hare)


Lafayette Struggles in Second Half During Loss to Smithfield

Twenty-seven points by Rachel Lia were not enough for Lafayette to overcome Smithfield during a 62-54 road loss Thursday.

After an evenly played first half by both teams, Lafayette found itself in foul trouble starting in the third quarter.

With Lafayette's foul troubles mounting, Smithfield's Shannon Atkinson took advantage and put up a monster game with 28 points. During the second half, Atkinson dominated the boards and grabbed offensive rebounds while drawing fouls.

A poor third quarter by the Rams was all the breathing room Smithfield needed to stave off a fourth-quarter push from Lafayette en route to the victory.

Lafayette (1-2) will look to end a two-game skid when the Rams host Jamestown on Tuesday.

Lafayette: 12 13 6 13 — 54
Smithfield: 13 14 17 19 — 62

Lafayette: Rivera 3, Gubler 4, Roberts 2, K. Blake 3, Lia 27, Holiday 7, McKnight 4, Mooradian 4,
Smithfield: Brooks 3, Atkinson 28, Arthur 5, Cypress 15, Hill 2, Jamilla 8, Allmond 13
3-point goals:  Lafayette 8 (Rivera, Lia 6, Holiday), Smithfield 3 (Brooks, Allmond 2)


Tabb Cruises Past New Kent

Tabb's girls basketball team had no trouble downing New Kent at home Thursday during a 74-15 victory.

Imani McDowell-Jarmon scored eight first quarter points, while Tamia Smith added six points as the Tigers outscored the Trojans 25-2 over the first eight minutes.

The Tigers dominated the first half and held a 41-7 halftime advantage before cruising through the second half to a commanding victory.

Tabb (2-0) will host Norfolk Academy on Monday looking to keep its perfect start intact.

New Kent: 2 5 2 6 — 15
Tabb: 25 16 16 17 — 74

New Kent: Slater 1, Yates 2, Jones 1, Glover 4, Otey 2, Locklear 3, Graham 2
Tabb: McDowell-Jarmon 15, Clemons 9, Royal 4, Smith 18, Rodgers 2, Williams 5, Macfarlane 9, Harper 12
3-point goals: Tabb 2 (Clemons, Harper)

Tabb 74, New Kent 15


Nansemond-Suffolk Routs WCA

Williamsburg Christian Academy's girls basketball team suffered a major 60-38 defeat on the road against Nansemond-Suffolk Academy on Thursday.

The loss marks WCA's second loss to Nansemond-Suffolk this season after dropping a 61-42 contest on Oct. 21.

WCA (3-2) will prepare to host Stonebridge on Tuesday.

Individual statistics were not reported for this game.

Williamsburg Christian: 11 6 8 13 — 38
Nansemond-Suffolk: 7 16 22 15 — 60