Girls win season opener against Glenvar, have high hopes with experience, talent

Briona Hurt drives to the hoop for a basket
against Glenvar Tuesday.

The William Byrd girls opened their basketball season with a win over Roanoke County rival Glenvar on Tuesday. The Terriers took a 59-43 win in Vinton.

“First game of the season, you never know what you’re going to get from either team but it was a good night for our program,” said Byrd coach Brad Greenway.

The visiting Highlanders started the game hitting their first three shots and had an 8-2 lead before the Terriers settled down. Briona Hurt was hard to handle inside and the Terriers ended the quarter on a 17-6 run to lead 19-14 after one period.

“Our guards all pushed the ball well at times, we were able to hit some shots outside and inside when we needed to,” said Greenway.

James battles for a loose ball.

Byrd opened a 31-18 lead by the half, then pushed the margin to 50-23 by outscoring Glenvar 19-5 in the third quarter. Glenvar won the fourth quarter, 20-9, but it was way to little, too late.

Hurt led Byrd with 16 points, Sydney Burton had 14, Hannah Sowers had nine and Megan Grant had eight in a balanced attack. Point guard Jacy Marvin had six points and Jada Karnes had five.

“We were able to bring a balanced approach offensively and get a lot of people involved, and that’s who this group is,” said Greenway. “I think we had 16 assists, which was really good to see, and at one point in the third quarter we had the lead at 30 points.  That’s a testament to how this group competes and wants to win the right way.”

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