The William Byrd girls are 9-3 after a 53-38 win at Rockbridge County last Friday. Byrd will have two non-district games this week, with a home game against Salem on Wednesday and a trip to Cave Spring on Saturday afternoon.
The big news last week was the return of point guard Jacy Marvin, who had missed the first 11 games with a knee injury. She was back at the point and her addition gives the Terriers some depth they’ve been lacking.
“As always you’re more than happy to take the win home on a long road game, but it never felt like we got it going,” said Byrd coach Brad Greenway. “The game had an odd feel to it at times, we just had trouble getting in any kind of offensive rhythm for most of the night. I think with the addition of Jacy to the lineup and some other small things we are having to adjust for we had some people playing minutes in places they aren’t used to at this point in the season, and it just kept us from really getting it going. In the long run some of those things are going to hopefully benefit us.”
Kat Stanley had 16 points and seven rebounds and Jada Karnes had nine points and 10 boards for the Terriers. Megan Grant contributed seven points, six rebounds and six steals.
“Rockbridge has good size and they were able to keep us from having success in the paint area,” said Greenway. “We really didn’t share the ball as much as we need to in order to be successful against bigger teams.”
The win came after just the third loss of the season for the girls, as they were defeated by Lord Botetourt in Vinton last Wednesday, 66-52. Grant led Byrd with 18 points but the big story was Botetourt’s Brooklyn Shelton setting an LB school record with 44 points. Shelton was six-for-13 on three point attempts, nine-for-18 on twos and a perfect eight-for-eight from the foul line.
“She’s on the front end of our presses and it seems like she never gets tired,” said LB coach Chuck Pound. “In the first half we played as fast as we have all year. We weren’t purposely going to Brooklyn, but after a while the girls started looking for her.”
Next week the girls will meet Staunton River on Tuesday in a jayvee doubleheader with the boys. The girls will play at 5:30 pm, followed by the boys at 7 pm. The jayvee teams play Staunton River at Byrd on Monday, same times.