The William Byrd girls improved to 12-3 on the season with a dominating win over Staunton River on Tuesday.
The girls took a 57-15 win in the first game of a doubleheader with the boys in Vinton.
“Things just went our way from the beginning,” said Byrd coach Brad Greenway. “We were able to force turnovers in the half court game, which led to a lot of easy offense for us.”
Byrd led 31-11 by the half and Staunton River had just four points after intermission. The Terriers shut out the Eagles in the fourth quarter.
Sydney Burton and Megan Grant had 12 points each to lead four Terriers in double figures. Burton also had six steals and six rebounds. Briona Hart and Kat Stanley had 10 points each, with Hurt grabbing eight rebounds.
The Terriers won two games against River Ridge District foes last week. On Wednesday in Vinton the Byrd girls had no trouble with winless Salem for a 50-28 win. This game was over by halftime as Byrd led 32-14.
“We were able to create some turnovers and convert them on the other end early on,” said Greenway. “Salem is a young team that’s struggled this year but Coach Hairston gets them to compete all four quarters and that’s something I’d like us to do a little better.”
Hurt had 14 points and Burton had 11. Hurt and Stanley had 11 rebounds each and Byrd had 23 steals, with Megan Grant getting six and Burton five.
On Saturday at Cave Spring the Terriers finished off a good week with a 50-41 win over the Knights.
“It was a back and forth game that was probably one of the better games we’ve been a part of this year,” said Greenway. “Cave has some good athletes and they tried to speed the game up with their pressure. Early on we did a poor job of handling that, which resulted in too many turnovers. They were able to convert those opportunities in to a lot of transition layups in the first half.”
Byrd was down 10 points with a couple minutes to go in the first half but the Terriers were able to go on a quick run to cut the lead to three at the half. Byrd came out of the half fired up but couldn’t find the range and Cave Spring went up by five, smelling an upset.
“At some point in the middle of the third we finally started to get some looks to fall and went on a pretty good run to finish the game,” said Greenway. “I thought both teams played really hard and it was just a matter of who was going to get hot at the end. Luckily that was us.
“I’m really proud of our girls for sticking with each other when things weren’t going well. Hopefully we can lean on that experience somewhere down the road.”
Stanley had 14 points and 13 rebounds at Cave Spring while Grant had 13 and six.
The Terriers were home to Pulaski County on Wednesday, but results were too late for publication. On Friday they have a big one at William Fleming. The Colonels came into the week at 11-4 and they’re both Blue Ridge District and Conference 24 rivals, the latter being more important as far as post-season play.