HENRICO – Playing its first game since Dec. 14 at Fluvanna, Powhatan Girls Basketball dominated Thursday’s invitational matchup at Douglas S. Freeman High School from start to finish, routing host school Freeman 59-31.
Freshman Kayla Terry played a strong game both offensively and defensively as she forced Freeman into giving up turnovers, did well at finding the basket on jumpers and three-pointers, contributed multiple assists and led Powhatan in the game with 13 points.
She strung together two beautiful plays in the fourth quarter: she chased down a loose ball and turned it into an assist to teammate and fellow freshman Faith Henderson for the layup; then, Terry launched the ball through the hoop from behind the arc to make one of her three three-point shots in the game.
“Kayla’s definitely a point guard, playmaker that I love having on the team,” Powhatan Girls Basketball head coach Kristy Henderson said Thursday after the game. “But when she can give us points, that is a definite bonus for our team. Today was that day. I was very happy for her.”
Faith finished the game with 11 points. Her teammates Michala Taylor, a junior, and Maggie Salomonsky, a senior, each chipped in eight.
Going into Thursday’s contest, Coach Henderson said that shooting from the free throw line was an area that her players needed to improve on, and that the team has been emphasizing it more in practice. The Indians on Thursday delivered a strong effort across the board from the charity stripe, shooting a combined 11-for-15 with Salomonsky going four-for-four.
Powhatan took a 5-0 lead to open the contest and set sail from there. Before the first 10 minutes of regulation reached completion, Powhatan was up by 20. Five different Indians scored in the first quarter, with Terry and Reese Vandell each draining a three-pointer and Taylor turning a steady possession off of a steal into a jumper, which she followed up with a layup.
Macie Tiller hit a three in the second quarter for Powhatan, and she and her teammates went into the locker room 30-14 after Freeman's Leanne Larkin heated up with eight points in the half. Powhatan freshman Faith Henderson added a free throw on the and-one before first half's end. She also notched a layup off of a fast break in the third quarter.
Salomonsky put-back a teammate's missed free throw in the fourth, and Rachel Losch added a three-pointer for the Indians in the closing minutes.
Overall, a total of eight players found the basket for the Indians; senior Charlotte Kramer netted six points, juniors Vandell and Tiller each made five and Losch, also a junior, had three.
Despite Thursday's loss, Freeman's Leanne Larkin led all players in the contest with 16 points.
Several of Powhatan’s players were able to come off of the bench on Thursday and pick up good minutes on the court.
“I thought they did great – they came off the bench and worked hard and they got after it,” Coach Henderson said. “They made a few mistakes here and there, but that’s normal, but the minutes that they got today were definitely beneficial for us moving forward.”
Powhatan (6-2) will play Patrick Henry on Friday, Dec. 28 at 3 p.m. at Douglas Freeman High School. The Indians are looking to rebound from a 57-34 loss to the Patriots earlier in the month.
"We are hoping to redeem ourselves and give them a way better game than we did the first time," Coach Henderson said.
The Indians’ next four games after Friday's contest are on the road. They play the following: Charlottesville High School on Thursday, Dec. 3; Monticello High School on Friday, Dec. 4; Midlothian High School on Monday, Jan. 7; and Western Albemarle High School on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
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