Court Report This Week in Northern Virginia High School Basketball

Court Report This Week in Northern Virginia High School Basketball

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Thanks in part to her attentive teammates, W.T. Woodson junior center Sarah Schoof has turned in two 20-point games recently. Almost as impressive to Coach Pat Neri is Schoof's performance when she does not get her touches.

"She'll post up, be open and may not get the ball for whatever reason, but she doesn't get mad or pout but keeps working," said Neri, whose team had won four of five headed into Tuesday night's game against McLean. "She stays real positive in that area."

Schoof's breakout games coincide with senior guard Cathy Cockrum (Siena) working through a shooting slump. Cockrum scored 93 points in the first six games and 47 in the last six. Her 12 points Friday against Jefferson were her most since Dec. 15.

"She doesn't have to carry us scoring-wise because we have other kids who have been scoring for us," Neri said. "I think she's starting to relax. She's really helping us in so many other ways."

Woodson (9-7, 6-2 in the Liberty District) has district rematches with front-runners Marshall tomorrow and Madison on Feb. 9. Three other losses were to ranked teams: Oakton, Forest Park and Hylton.

Bouncing Back

One of the season highlights thus far for the Wakefield girls occurred a couple weeks ago, when senior guard-forward Kelsey Reitz got knocked to the floor, bounced up and flashed a smile and thumbs-up sign to the Warriors' bench.

Reitz, who while recovering from a torn ACL in one leg tore her other ACL last summer, is still working her way back from the injuries, including psychologically. That's why her lighthearted reaction to the rough play was such an encouraging sign to Coach DeVaughn Drayton.

Reitz has scored in double figures four times since returning to the lineup five games ago, including a season-high 16 points Saturday against Loudoun Valley in the Warriors' fourth straight win.

Reitz has helped senior center Brittane Neeley (North Carolina A&T) and senior guard Brittany Garner, who average 15.6 and 14 points per game, respectively. Garner is 56 for 66 (84.8 percent) from the foul line this season.

"All of our pieces are together," said Drayton, who not only had been without Reitz for most of the season but also missed players because of a flu bug on the team. "Once everybody got healthy and we got a couple good practices in. . . . it's all clicking."

The Warriors were 8-8, 4-3 in the National District headed into last night's game against Edison, rescheduled from Monday because of weather.

No Changing of the Guard

Before the season, South Lakes boys' coach Wendell Byrd recognized he had a deep supply of well-qualified, multi-talented guards. For some, that could be a dilemma. Midway through the Liberty District season, Byrd has only reaped its benefits.

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