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SANDY SPRING – Just as the Magruder-Sherwood boys basketball overtime thriller wrapped up, the girls’ basketball teams of both high schools squared off in the complete opposite of a competitive match as the Lady Warriors demolished the Lady Colonels, 64-18 on Feb. 8.
The Lady Warriors were able to take advantage of takeaways and score in transition, thanks to players such as Hannah St. Laurent, who finished with seven points, and Haley Allen, who put up four of her team-high 11 points in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, Magruder (0-13) had no answers for a Sherwood team (13-3) preparing for a promising run in the state playoff. The home side took an early 18-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“You don’t know who you can expect to play during these games,” Allen said. “You have to play every game your hardest, because you don’t know what to expect.”
Magruder scored their largest amount of points in the second quarter, eight to be exact, thanks to solid free throw shooting from Maddy Wilson and Kayla Hawkins.
Sherwood continued to dominate on the court with 17 additional second-quarter points, which included a three-pointer from Caroline Bidwick, as well as five points from Allen.
The Lady Warriors did not take their opponent for granted, adding 15 points in the third quarter, and then 14 in the fourth to earn a key win, breaking a three-game losing streak. The blowout victory served as an important team win to motivate heading into the playoffs, Allen said.
“I thought the girls came out ready to play,” said Sherwood Head Coach Tim Hobbs. “We played, for the most part, a solid 32 minutes. It was a good effort. Everybody played. Everybody scored. It was just a good team win tonight.”
The Lady Warriors are currently fighting for the No. 1 seed in their sectional with Paint Branch. As of Feb. 10, Sherwood has four games remaining on their schedule including testy matchups against Walter Johnson and Bethesda-Chevy Chase before the state playoffs begin.