The Langley girls once again demonstrated how efficient their offense can be Thursday night in a Liberty Tournament semi-final against Herndon. The Saxons shot over 50% from the field and registered 14 assists on their 20 total field goals en route to a 57-47 victory over the host Hornets.
There was lots of credit to go round the Saxons’ locker room after the victory. Star senior guard Jordyn Callaghan scored 13 points but far more importantly did a great job defensively on Herndon star Devyne Newman, helping to limit the St. Joseph’s signee to just 11 points. Junior Lauren Maloney scored 17 points off the bench and starting guard Carly Britt, one of the smallest players on the floor, yanked down eight rebounds to go with her eight points.
The game was well played on both ends with the lead alternating until the second half. The Saxons (16-6) built a 29-22 lead early in the third quarter after a Callaghan three-pointer, but the Hornets then charged back as a Marlise Brunson three-pointer and Newman running one-hander sparked a run. At the end of the third the Saxons’ lead was only one point.
The game was tied at 38 when Maloney put a charge into her team with two driving lay-ups. After that the Saxons never gave up their lead again, controlling the ball and using their offense to continue to get good looks at the basket. Herndon made a run late but simply could not score enough against the Saxons’ defense to complete their rally.
The Hornets only managed 11 field goals on the night but did succeed at drawing contact as they attacked the rim. Herndon made an impressive 21 of 23 free throws on the evening and were led by Marlise Brunson’s 14 points. Sophomore Maddie Kimble added 11 points to match Newman’s output.
Like the Saxons, the Hornets (15-6) will be in action in next week’s regional tournament. Langley will play at South Lakes versus the Seahawks Friday night for the Liberty District Tournament Championship.
all stats are unofficial
|Threes: Callaghan 1-1, Britt 0-2, Jepsen 0-3, Azad 0-1, Kleinknecht 0-1|
|Threes: Brunson 2-5, Pearson 1-2, Newman 1-7, Koch 0-2|