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Warhill's 74-43 loss at home against Colonial Heights on Monday left more questions than answers for Warhill Coach Geoff McCulloch, who is in his first year coaching the Lions.

Despite Warhill entering Monday's game on a five-game losing skid, McCulloch was hopeful winter break and extra practice would help the Lions find their identity as a team.

Instead, the Lions came out flat against a taller Colonial Heights team that shot lights out from the field, hitting well over 50 percent of their shots.

"We had no juice at all tonight," McCulloch said. "I don't know what the deal was. I don't know if it was because of break ... but for whatever reason we had no life today. We're going through some growing pains right now."

Warhill's growing pains were exacerbated as the Lions struggled to contain Jacob Ezell of Colonial Heights, a senior who is being recruited by Division II colleges.

Ezell led all scorers with 23 points, hitting all four of his field goal attempts in the first quarter and draining three consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter.

While the Colonials lit up the scoreboard, Warhill struggled to finish at the rim when opportunities presented themselves. The Lions shot 27 percent from the field during their second-worst offensive performance this season.

With the Lions struggling to shoot the ball, Colonial Heights was able to run up a 19-10 lead after the first quarter and held a 36-18 lead by halftime.

The Colonials ballooned their lead in the third quarter behind 11 points from Ezell, taking a commanding 63-33 lead over Warhill.

Monday's fourth quarter featured reserve players from both teams as young and inexperienced players saw the court before the final buzzer sounded.

For McCulloch, the loss to Colonial Heights represents a larger concern for the Lions: lacking a true go-to scorer when things get rough.

"We're not real sure who we're leaning on at any given time," he said. "If people we depend on or are looking to aren't bringing it, we're having trouble finding somewhere to get [scoring] from."

Warhill (1-7) will look to snap its six-game losing streak when the Lions host Tabb on Wednesday.

Colonial Heights: 19 17 27 11 — 74
Warhill: 10 8 15 10 — 43

Colonial Heights: Ezell 23, Smith 11, Murdock 11, Cox 6, Mady 2, Meyer 3, Sears 4, Lyde 7, Steele 1, Chini 2, Raikes 3, Morris 1
Warhill: Davis 11, Belle 10, Stovall 8, Lewis 4, Brungot 3, Rosario 3, James 4
3-point goals: Colonial Heights 9 (Ezell 5, Murdock, Meyer, Lyde, Raikes), Warhill 2 (Davis, Stovall)