St. Anne’s-Belfield girls basketball jumped out to a solid lead in the first quarter and didn’t relinquish it against Collegiate in a big-time matchup in the season opener for the Saints as STAB picked up a 76-63 win over the Cougars Tuesday night.
The Saints took a 21-15 lead in the first quarter and then put together another spurt in the third quarter that put them up by 12 after three quarters. Collegiate couldn’t rally in the fourth as STAB closed out the LIS win at home.
Collegiate junior Anna Wilson, a Stanford commitment, got loose for 31 points, with 10 of them coming at the line, but STAB unleashed a platoon of scorers to combat the Cougars’ star, with four players reaching double figures. Marilyn Steppe led the way for the Saints with 20 points while Ashley Taylor finished with 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Steppe was tremendous from the field, hitting six of nine shots. Sophomore Jayla Davis was equally deadly from the field with 12 points on 5 for 6 shooting. Brianna Tinsley, another sophomore, checked in with 15 points and dished out six assists while coming up with three steals.
Taylor led the Saints on the boards with eight rebounds while Steppe had seven boards, three assists and three steals. Sierra Smith finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
Ymani Breedlove, a Collegiate senior finished with 19 points on the night to go with nine boards. Wilson chipped in five rebounds, four assists and three steals to go with her 31-point outing.
STAB will try and keep the momentum going Friday at 6:30 when the Saints lock up with Norfolk Academy at 6:30 p.m.
Orange County girls get going
Behind a 17-point outing from Rebecca Harvey that grouped nicely with three other players in double figures, Orange County girls basketball coasted to a 73-38 victory over Eastern View Tuesday night.
Harvey scored 13 of her 17 before the break, and Kiani Hudgens and Markiana Smith both checked in just behind her with 12 points a piece. Laine Harrington also got in on the act with 10 points while Madison Barber chipped in seven on the night.
Tiara Jackson led the Cyclones with 11 points, with six of them coming at the line.
The Hornets will look to move to 2-0 on the year when they host Spotsylvania Thursday at home at 7:30 p.m.
Orange County boys fall to Eastern View
Despite a 17-point outing from John Gillum where Gillum unleashed five 3-pointers, Orange County fell 69-59 to Eastern View Tuesday night in the Hornets’ season opener.
Orange jumped out to a 20-14 lead in the first quarter, and still led by two after three quarters at 47-45, but Eastern View exploded in the fourth, holding a 24-12 advantage in the frame.
Musan Sackor led the Cyclones with 20 points while LJ Hackley finished with 18 including a 12-point third quarter. Eastern View got it done at the free-throw line during the fourth, going 10-for-15 from the stripe to pull away.
J’Air Rawlings checked in with 12 points for the Hornets. While Cortez Williams finished with eight on the night.