By Carlos Alfaro
SANDY SPRING — With their fourth straight win, the Sherwood Warriors varsity handball team remains undefeated as they beat the Clarksburg Coyotes in handball, 29-14.
“We’re really proud; we have 10 seniors that we’re honoring, and it was their game and their time,” said Sherwood head coach Katie Nichols. “Our team worked on passing, dribbling, and making sure everyone tried to score at least one goal.”
The Coyotes scored first, but the Warriors then went on a five-point scoring streak to take the lead, which they held until the end of the game.
For the rest of the first half, the Warriors went through periods of scoring streaks interrupted only by the referee’s whistle and a valiant Coyotes team that broke through their defense to keep the margin short. The Coyotes held strong and went into halftime, trailing the Warriors by five points.
Juan Carlo Magtangbo scored four goals in the first half, contributing to his five-goal total as the highest-scoring Coyotes player. Magtangbo proved to be a small and speedy player, able to exploit the holes in the Warriors’ defense. George Roman was in front of goal for the Warriors and contributed to their stellar defensive performance, becoming Magtangbo’s main obstacle when firing the ball.
In the second half, the Coyotes got within five points of tying the game up before Josh Laich scored for the Warriors.
Laich scored eight points – a game high for a player on either team – while teammate Thomas Lee made seven goals as the second-highest scorer in the game.
“I think as a team we did really well together; I think the score proves that,” said Lee. “I think individually I could’ve done a bit better in shooting more accurately, but as a team we did well together.”
The Coyotes seemed more cohesive and focused on defense, even as the Warriors scored 17 points in the second half. Another seven-point performance from the Coyotes in the second half carried them to a 29-14 result.
“I think, considering our competition, our team did a really good job. They stayed in the game, they did a really good job,” said Coyotes head coach Nicole Wallace.