Girls Basketball: Broad Run Forces 22 Turnovers to Blow by Briar Woods, 49-21, in Battle of Ashburn Opener

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Ashburn (December 27, 2012) – In the first varsity level matchup of the Honda of Dulles Battle of Ashburn basketball tournament on Thursday, the Broad Run High School girls forced 22 turnovers and wrapped up an easy 49-21 victory over Briar Woods.

The Spartans (7-5 overall) were  led by senior guard Ellie Ferguson (14 points) and freshman forward Mariah Leonard (8 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals). Broad Run scored early and often, seeing double digit scoring in the first three quarters.

Broad Run’s shooting was unmatched throughout the game and especially in the first quarter as Ferguson alone was 4 of 5 from the field and the Spartans led big after one period, 20-3.

Briar Woods (1-9) was held without a field goal until 1:04 left in the first half when sophomore guard Pallavi Kanumara scored in the post making the score 36-5. On the very next possession, junior guard Morgan Luster connected on a fade away in the corner as time expired.

Still the Spartans, who forced 13 first half turnovers, headed into halftime leading 36-7. Much of the same followed in the second half as Leonard turned up the intensity, accumulating four steals in the half while also being one of the Spartans leading scorers in the second half adding six points.

Pulled with five minutes left in the game Leonard finished just two points shy of her seventh career double double. Leonard, a freshman, has scored double digit points and rounded up double digit rebounds in six of her 12 games this season.

The Falcons did show life late, outscoring the Spartans in the fourth quarter 7-2 while forcing seven turnovers, but with a 33-point deficit to start the final quarter, Briar Woods had too large a hole to dig themselves out of.

Broad Run Stats 
Kimmy Melendez 2 points, 1 blocked shot
Fatima Kamara 5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 3/4 free throws, 1 assist
Mariah Leonard 8 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 blocked shot, 2 assists
Ellie Feguson 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 2/2 free throws, 2 assists
Alyssa Cabellos 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 0/2 free throws, 4 assists
Taylor Tashjian 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Alex Reigel 3 rebounds, 1 blocked shot
Julia Nappier 1 assist
Jacqueline Lynch 2 points, 1 steal
Nicole Braithwaite 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Katie Buckman 1 rebound, 1 steal

BRHS Totals
49 points, 30 rebounds, 11 turnovers, 12 steals, 3 blocked shots, 5/8 free throws, 12 assists

Briar Woods Stats 
Kara McDonald 1 rebound
Pallavi Kanumura 2 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 0/2 free throws
Tori Riopelle 1 rebound
Morgan Luster 12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 blocked shot, 5/6 free throws
Kirsten Kwitnieski 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1/4 free throws, 1 assist
Naomi Ryans 2 points, 7 rebounds, 2/2 free throws
Victoria Tolland 2 points, 1 rebound, 4 steals, 1 blocked shot, 2/2 free throws

BWHS Totals
21 points, 27 rebounds, 22 turnovers, 6 steals, 2 blocked shots, 10/16 free throws, 1 assist

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