Dominion’s Jeffrey lighting it up from long range

January 6

At the beginning of each Dominion boys’ basketball practice, players are asked to put up as many shots as possible in a two-minute span.

It’s called rapid-fire shooting, and it has helped senior guard Colin Jeffrey from behind the arc this season. In his best attempt, Jeffrey made 41 threes in two minutes.

That drill has translated to games, as Jeffrey, who is averaging 16.7 points per game, has hit 34 three-point shots this seasonto lead the VHSL Conference 21. He sank seven threes in an early-season game against Broad Run and has made at least one three-pointer in each of the past five games.

On Saturday, Jeffrey made four three-pointers in a 69-56 win over Freedom-South Riding. His sharp-shooting ability has come in handy for Dominion (6-5) as the Titans aim to bury opponents from deep.

“We like to get out and run, to shoot threes in transition,” Jeffrey said. “It all starts on the defensive end, mainly. Our bigs get the boards so we can run. We usually don’t get set threes — we get transition threes, or from driving in and kicking out.”

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Being able to push the ball up the court has led to the additional opportunities from long range. Jeffrey isn’t the only Dominion player shooting well from the three-point line. Sophomore Tommy Arthur has 15 threes, and sophomores Luke Bartolomei and Adam Branch have contributed nine apiece.

Jeffrey said he’s gained the trust from his teammates to keep shooting the ball, even if he starts a game slow.

“If I’m not feeling it, [my teammates] try to still get me the ball,” he said. “Keep shooting, keep shooting, repetition. They have a lot of trust in me to make the shots.”

Woodgrove stays unbeaten

Woodgrove girls’ basketball standouts Brooke Basinger and Halle Lynch were limited to single digits in Saturday’s thriller against Loudoun County.

But even though Basinger was held to two points and Lynch to six, the Wolverines were able earn a 41-34 victory in overtime and avoid their first loss of the season.

With points at a premium, Woodgrove (8-0) received a team-best 10 from senior Kaitlyn Lorinchak.

Loudoun County (7-3) got 21 of its 34 points from center Maggie Phillips, who connected on nine of her 14 attempted free throws.

It was another stellar outing for the Woodgrove defense, which is holding opponents to just 39.6 points per game.

Eagles anxious to play again

Freedom-South Riding’s girls’ basketball team is hoping to get back on the hardwood soon.

The Eagles (5-1) haven’t played a game since Dec. 16, a 43-35 loss to Loudoun County. Their past two scheduled games, against Dominion last Friday and Briar Woods on Monday, were called off because of inclement weather in the area.

Coach Teddy Whitney acknowledged the need for a break after his team played four games in five days in mid-December. After defeating Loudoun Valley, Kettle Run and Champe in consecutive days, the Eagles faltered against the Raiders a few days later.

The long layoff has Freedom-South Riding itching to play basketball again. The Eagles will have to wait until Wednesday’s game against Park View for their next chance.

“The break was big, but I’m hoping it wasn’t too long,” Whitney said.

Broad Run-Potomac Falls games rescheduled

Both boys’ and girls’ basketball games between Broad Run and Potomac Falls have been moved to Saturday because Loudoun County Public Schools were closed on Monday.

The girls’ game will take place at Broad Run at 2:45 p.m. The boys’ teams will tip at 5:15 p.m. at Potomac Falls.

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