The William Byrd girls’ basketball team improved to 14-3 on the season with wins over Northside and Salem in the past week.
On Friday in Vinton the girls beat a scrappy Northside team, 66-60. The Vikings, who came to town with a 5-10 record, led by 15 at one point of the first half and 33-22 at intermission.
“Early on Tracey Hueston was just getting whatever she wanted,” said Byrd coach Brad Greenway. “Inside, outside, rebounds, second chance shots, post entries, you name it.”
Byrd regrouped at halftime and outscored the Vikings 21-14 in the third period to cut the lead to four. The Terriers then blew by the Vikings in the fourth quarter for a hard-fought win.
“We were able to get into a rhythm and got it going offensively,” said Greenway. “We had five players hit threes, which is incredible, and we hit 14 as a team, which was crucial because they have a big size advantage on us. There were a lot of moments where our players rose to the occasion and made really big plays in the midst of a lot of extra curricular stuff going on around them so I was really proud of them.”
Jacy Marvin filled up the box score with 11 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and six steals. Megan Grant had 19 points while Sydney Burton had 14 and Hannah Sowers had a dozen.
On Monday the Terriers traveled to Salem to meet a Spartan team that won just twice all season. Byrd jumped on top early and won all four quarters in a 52-31 win.
“Megan Grant and Hannah Sowers had really strong games for us,” said Greenway. “Sydney Burton was able to pop a few steals for transition points for us. We are still in the process of trying to figure out who we are without Briona Hurt so we are a long ways from hitting our stride but we’ll always enjoy a win in Salem’s gym.”
Grant led the Terriers with 16 points while Burton had 14 and Sowers scored 10.
The Terriers were back home Wednesday to play host to Pulaski County, but results were too late for publication. On Friday Byrd will host Bassett in a battle of Class 4, Region D teams, and next Tuesday they’ll go to William Fleming for what promises to be an exciting game. The Colonels only defeat of the season came last Friday in a triple-overtime marathon loss to Lord Botetourt.