The William Byrd girls will try to close our 2017 with an undefeated record when they play a basketball game at Christiansburg Friday night. The host Blue Demons are 4-2.
Byrd is 8-0 after winning at Northside last Friday night. The Terriers jumped to a 34-17 halftime lead and held on despite being outscored after intermission.
“It’s always good to get a win at Northside,” said Byrd coach Brad Greenway. “Like so many teams seem to be doing this year, Northside zoned us up most of the game and that allowed us to look for shots we wanted. Sydney(Burton) was able to get it going again from the outside.”
Northside came out hot in the second half, going on a 9-0 run to start the half to cut the lead to five.
“They were able to find some open spots and knock several of them down early in that quarter,” said Greenway. “But we were able to fight back, and once we made it to the fourth quarter we were able to cruise a little bit and it ended up being a nice night for us. “
Byrd shot 50 percent from the outside, knocking down 10 of 20 shots. Four Terriers hit for double figures as Burton finished with 24 points, Jacy Marvin had 15, Briona Hurt had a dozen and Hannah Sowers finished with 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Hurt led the team with 13 boards.
“Northside bullied us on the boards for the most part tonight so it was good that those two were able pull in a few when we needed them,” said Greenway.
After Friday’s game at Christiansburg the Terriers will open the new year with a trip to Bassett on Tuesday. That’s a big game, as the Bengals are a Class 4, Region D team like Byrd.
A night later, on January 3, the girls will host Christiansburg and on Friday, January 5, Byrd is at Glenvar.