By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
Ashburn (Dec. 27, 2013) – John Champe High School head coach Will Patton said it best, “We didn’t have the fire that we had last night.”
Just a win away from the Maroon & Gold Classic tournament championship at Broad Run High School, Patton’s Knights (5-3) struggled offensively and gave the ball away 21 times in their lopsided 50-26 loss to Sherando High School (5-3) after taking down host Broad Run High School just 24 hours before.
“We just have to bring better energy,” Patton said. “I think from playing last night that was such an emotional game for us. It drained us emotionally. Last night we got beat in almost every statistical category but the reason we won was because of our heart and desire. We need to bring that every game.”
Patton did notice some positives in the Knights’ loss as his young team shot 29-percent better from the free throw line than they did against the Spartans.
“In a close game, that’s really going to make a difference,” Patton said. “We don’t want to shoot our way out of games. If we have free opportunities to score, we need take advantage of that. That’s a stepping stone for the future.”
Champe also held Sherando’s leading scorer Heidi Smith to just 2 second-half points.
“It just shows that we need to make adjustments as a team in our team defense, and we did that for the second half,” Patton said. “We pretty much face guarded her for the second half and obviously that contributed to her not scoring as many points. It’s all about making adjustments as a team.”
Sherando head coach Mike Marsh need not make many changes as his Warriors came out shooting hot and never looked back. His junior forward Smith finished with 19 points and 6 rebounds.
“We jumped out on them and it gave us an offensive push,” Marsh said. “We spend so much time on defense that any offense we can get early in a game is just huge. Heidi coming out firing the ball – she hit some jumpers from outside, she had some layups inside – her aggressiveness is really improving, and it’s showing in her scoring.”
While Smith is one of Sherando’s leading scorers nightly, Marsh’s proclaimed “six man” Davina Lane filled Smith’s second half void adding 10 of her 16 points in the third and fourth quarters.
“Davina stepped up,” Marsh said. “She’s a freshmen, first-year player in the program. She’s slowly playing into a really solid ballplayer. She has an enormous amount of energy. She fits right into the system: trying to be aggressive on defense and running.”
Marsh is going to need all the energy he can get from his girls tomorrow night when Sherando plays Yorktown High School for the Maroon & Gold Classic tournament championship at 7 p.m. at Broad Run High School.
“It’s going to be a tough ballgame. They’re a quality team,” Marsh said. “We just have to come out and play another tough ballgame, and I hope we play well again. We played a good game tonight, and I hope we can play one more game like that in the tournament.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings, scores and more.
Audra Sites 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Heidi Brown 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot, 4/4 free throws
Jessica Hakel 7 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 5/6 free throws, 2 assists
Erin Magalis 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists
Madison Leckie 2 steals
Davina Lane 16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1/1 free throws
Katlyn Manson 1 rebound
Haley Burns 1 rebound
Madison Grady 1 rebound
50 points, 25 rebounds, 20 turnovers, 14 steals, 1 blocked shot, 10/11 free throws, 5 assists
John Champe Stats
Blair Thompson 1 rebound, 3 steals, 1 assist
Ja’che Malone 9 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 2/4 free throws
Rachel Malinowski 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocked shots, 2/2 free throws
Alexis Smith 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 blocked shot, 3/4 free throws
Morgan Lucas 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 2/3 free throws
Paige Parkman 1 rebound
Clara Novalis 2 rebounds
Janelle Abe 1 steal
26 points, 15 rebounds, 21 turnovers, 12 steals, 4 blocked shot, 9/13 free throws, 1 assist