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Warhill put together one of its best defensive performances of the season at home against Gloucester Thursday evening.
The Lions held Gloucester scoreless in the first quarter and limited the Dukes to 30 total points in what ended up a 61-30 win for Warhill.
Quick movement and proper communication allowed the Lions to dominate defensively in the first quarter. Thursday's first quarter marked the first time this season the Lions have held a team scoreless for a full quarter.
"They were moving their feet and getting into the right positions tonight." said Brungot about Warhill's first-quarter defense. "They boxed out a little better in the first quarter than the rest of the game."
While the Warhill defense dominated on one end of the court, the Lions' offense was not to be overshadowed.
Paced by three consecutive 3-pointers by Kieran McClure, who scored a game-high 22 points, Warhill established an 18-0 lead after the first quarter. The Lions ended the first quarter in style as Alyssa Brungot nailed a buzzer-beating 2-pointer to close out the opening eight minutes of play.
Warhill kept its scoring streak alive to open the second quarter with a quick field goal, but a 3-pointer by Gloucester's C.C. Bera with 7:32 left in the second quarter snapped Warhill's 20-point run.
Even with Gloucester scoring its first points of the game, Warhill continued to control every aspect of the game. By halftime, Warhill held a 37-8 lead over the Dukes.
After Warhill's best defensive half of the season, the Lions let off the gas pedal slightly in the second half.
To Gloucester's credit, the Dukes continued to battle and got a lift from Blair South, who scored 15 of her team-high 20 points in the second half. South sank three 3-pointers in the third quarter and helped Gloucester outscore Warhill 16-13 in the quarter.
Reserve players for both teams saw most of the fourth quarter action as the Lions coasted over the final eight minutes for its largest win of the season.
With the win, Warhill has now won three of its last four games. With things looking up for the Lions, Brungot hopes his team has turned a corner in the season.
"We're finally getting healthy, so we're finally trying to get some chemistry back," he said. "It's good to see the kids playing together and playing hard. Hopefully this is the start of us getting better."
Warhill (7-7) will face a quick turnaround when the Lions host Poquoson on Friday.
Gloucester: 0 8 16 6 — 30
Warhill: 18 19 13 11 — 61
Gloucester: B. Glockner 3, South 20, Bera 4, Verry 2, K. Glockner 1
Warhill: Schulz 10, Fannin 6, Rochard 1, Walters 10, McClure 22, Brungot 4, Cooke 2, Ford 6
3-point goals: Gloucester 6 (South 5, Bera), Warhill 6 (McClure 6)