By Kyle Gotimer
LoCoSports Assistant Editor
Leesburg (Jan. 31, 2015) – On a windy Friday night, Tuscarora High School and Briar Woods High School boys and girls basketball teams met to play a varsity doubleheader. The Tuscarora Lady Huskies defeated the Lady Falcons, 77-49. In the boys edition, the Falcons defeated the Huskies, 75-52.
The Lady Huskies controlled the pace of the game led by senior guard Alexis Bailey. Accounting for 23 Tuscarora points, Bailey was the deciding factor in her team’s 28-point win. Bailey was not the only shooter on fire for the Lady Huskies though as senior guard Kelly Troilo scored 9 late-game points upon returning to the court in the second half.
As the Lady Falcons and Huskies hit the locker room for their post game talks, the boys took the court to begin game two of the double feature.
Led by senior guard Connor Gaines, Briar Woods was able to pound the paint and put up a huge 75 points. Briar Woods worked the ball into their big men in the first half and maintained a 5-point lead heading into halftime.
“Those guys have been here all year. We were riding Conner [Gaines] and Branden Curry early on and Lucas [Martin] finally found his niche. In the last six or seven games he’s been a dominant force out there. We’ve been getting one or two of those guys a night and when you get all three of them that’s a tough team to beat,” Briar Woods head coach Kip Shallis said.
Briar Woods kicked the ball to their outside shooters in the second half relying on junior guard Branden Curry to score the bulk of their points.
Gaines and junior center Lucas Martin went double-double as they reeled in a combined 22 rebounds and accounted for 24 points. Curry added 16 points, shooting 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
“This is my first year [coaching here],” said Shallis who was previously the head coach at John Champe High School. “I’ve been at this school [teaching]for six years; I’ve followed these kids forever and they couldn’t be a closer team right now.”
Kyle Gotimer is a sophomore at Heritage High School in Leesburg. Follow LoCoSports on Twitter (@LoCoSports) for up-to-date news and scores from around Loudoun County.
Tuscarora Lady Huskies Stats
Alexis Bailey 23 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist
Chloe Roach 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 2-for-4 free throws
Kelly Troilo 9 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Jhade Aird 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 2-for-6 free throws
Lalique Parris 7 points, 2 steals, 1-for-1 free throw
Kennedy Middleton 6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 assist, 2-for-4 free throws
Rachel Nibbelink 5 points, 1 rebound
Ashley Leonard 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 assists
Corrianna Calloway 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1-for-1 free throw
Megan Leonard 3 points, 4 assists
Kiersten Hayes 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Stephanie Akenzua 1 assist
77 points, 20 rebounds, 14 turnovers, 9 assists, 16 steals, 8-for-16 free throws
Briar Woods Lady Falcons Stats
Savannah Conner 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist
Kennedy Sparks 9 points, 4 rebounds, 1-for-3 free throws
Kayla Castro 9 points, 1 steal, 1 blocked shot, 1 assist
Camille Nau 6 points, 4 rebounds
Olivia Jones 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2-for-2 free throws
Amani Rascoe 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1-for-2 free throws
Skylar Sload 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist
49 points, 20 rebounds, 18 turnovers, 8 assists, 1 blocked shot, 4 steals, 4-for-7 free throws
Briar Woods Falcons Stats
Branden Curry 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 assists, 7-for-7 free throws
Connor Gaines 13 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, 2-for-2 free throws
Lucas Martin 11 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocked shots, 1-for-2 free throws
Jack Malloy 10 points, 2 rebounds, 4-for-5 free throws
Mekhail White 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 2-for-4 free throws
Skyler Springs 7 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists
Johnny Bordeaux 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Mark Birmingham 2 points
75 points, 33 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocked shots, 9 steals, 16-for-20 free throws
Tuscarora Huskies Stats
Kyle Copeland 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist, 4-for-7 free throws
George Cross 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 3-for-3 free throws
Alex Bailey 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Jamel Howard 5 points, 4 rebounds, 0-for-3 free throws
Tique Yarbrough 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocked shots, 1 assist, 0-for-3 free throws
TJ Bradley 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2-for-2 free throws
Jonathan Roebuck 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1-for-4 free throws
Jordan Fisher 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 blocked shot, 2 assists
Jaylin Futrell 2 points, 1 steal
Bryce Sorrell 2 points, 1 steal
52 points, 29 rebounds, 4 assists, 9 steals, 10-for-22 free throws