Girls Basketball: Tuscarora Outlasts Stone Bridge in Potomac District Battle

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Leesburg, Va. — In a back-and-forth battle between two of LoCo’s best teams, the Tuscarora High School girls basketball team made a big second-half adjustment on the boards to outlast an excellent defensive effort by Stone Bridge High School as the Lady Huskies earned a big Potomac District win, 60-50, over the Lady Bulldogs on January 23 in Leesburg.

“Rebounding has been our achilles heel all season long. Our rebounding wasn’t good in the first half,” Tuscarora head coach Michael Newkirk said. “But we were able to secure those physical rebounds down the stretch. They were knocking shots down. How do we offset that? We had to limit them to one chance.”

Heading into the half with a four-point lead, the Lady Huskies were getting crushed on the glass, getting outrebounded 21-10 through the first two quarters; 11 of Stone Bridge’s first-half rebounds were on the offensive end.

Rosi Santos Tuscarora Basketball

Tuscarora junior guard Rosi Santos contributed 15 points to help the Lady Huskies knock off Stone Bridge in front of a home crowd on January 23. Full photo gallery by Owen Gotimer!

While the Lady Bulldogs hung around all night, Tuscarora limited Stone Bridge to just one second-half offensive rebound, limiting their second-chance opportunities.

“We weren’t boxing out; we weren’t creating space,” Tuscarora senior forward Kennedy Middleton said. “When we started to box out in the second half, we started getting the advantage on the boards.”

Middleton – who posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds – and her sister Isabellah led the Lady Huskies charge in the fourth quarter. In the final frame, Isabellah scored eight of her ten points while Kennedy helped force eight Stone Bridge turnovers.

“It starts from the defensive end. It sets our pace,” Newkirk said. “It’s great that we could force that many turnovers. It allowed us to get the ball out in transition.”

Thanks in part to a strong defensive performance – which kept the Lady Huskies scoreless for a four-minute stretch in the third quarter – the Lady Bulldogs evened out the score at 39-39 after three quarters.

Anna LeMaster Stone Bridge Basketball

Stone Bridge sophomore Anna LeMaster’s 16-point, 16-rebound performance wasn’t enough for the Lady Bulldogs to upend Tuscarora on January 23 in Leesburg. Full photo gallery by Owen Gotimer!

“Stone Bridge was running a triangle-and-two so Bellah and I spread out in the corners,” Kennedy said. “We took care of our responsibilities, and when we take care of our individual jobs, we play stronger as a team.”

Led by senior guard Chloe Madgwick – who scored a game-high 17 points, while adding 5 assists – and sophomore guard Anna LeMaster – who posted a double-double of her own with 16 points and a game-high 16 rebounds – the Stone Bridge offense was clicking in the half court.

The Tuscarora press, however, kept the Lady Bulldogs on edge as Stone Bridge turned the ball over 20 times throughout the night.

Stone Bridge (5-4, 12-5) will look to take better care of the basketball when they tango with Briar Woods High School (4-5, 7-10) in Ashburn on January 26.

Bouncing back after a loss to Freedom High School on January 19, Tuscarora (8-1, 16-1) looks to continue its winning ways when they travel to John Champe High School (2-6, 4-9) on January 26.

“We need to continue to embed those championship characteristics: rebounding, mental and physical toughness, making the extra passes,” Newkirk said. “We have to make sure we continue to have that commitment to those intangibles.”

Tuscarora Stats
Name Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks FT
Kennedy Middleton 16 11 3 4 1 2/5
Rosi Santos 15 4 1 2 0 1/2
Isabellah Middleton 10 5 2 2 0 6/6
Nevada Ghiringhelli 9 1 0 1 0 0/0
Shakima Machulski 6 4 1 0 0 1/3
Alyssa Austin 4 5 1 3 0 0/2
Randi Evans 0 1 0 0 0 0/0
Jillian Hacker 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Alyssa Cabassa 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Madison Raborg 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Lady Huskies 60 31 8 12 1 10/18
Stone Bridge Stats
Name Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks FT
Chloe Madgwick 17 3 5 0 2 1/2
Anna LeMaster 16 16 1 3 0 1/2
Taylor Hafer 9 3 0 0 0 0/0
Kyra Lenderman 7 5 1 1 1 0/0
Lauren Hines 1 3 0 0 0 1/2
Sarah O’Day 0 5 0 0 0 0/0
Madison Jolly 0 1 3 0 0 0/0
Audrey Cowden 0 1 0 0 0 0/0
Katana Alston 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Lady Bulldogs 50 37 10 4 3 3/6
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LoCoSports founder Owen Gotimer is a graduate of the esteemed S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University — where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast and Digital Journalism. The highlight of Owen's young career was the creation, launch, and expansion of LoCoSports – a hyperlocal news site covering high school athletics in Loudoun County, Va.

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