Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Herndon girls' basketball coach Sheila Colbert remembers a time when senior point guard Kyle DeHaven was shy. It was when DeHaven was in preschool.
DeHaven certainly has become more demonstrative, and she showed that in a 47-39 victory over Jefferson in the first round of the AAA Concorde District tournament in Alexandria Friday.
DeHaven controlled the game throughout, and finished with 24 points and seven assists for the Hornets (8-14). The two most crucial assists came late in the game.
She assisted forward Courtney Latimore for two layups in the final 1 minute 53 seconds, including a three-point play that gave Herndon a 43-38 lead with 28 seconds left.
"Those plays were huge," DeHaven said. "Courtney came up big for us."
As did DeHaven. The Hornets led 23-13 at halftime. They had possession for 7:49 in the half; the ball was in DeHaven's hands for 5:39. In all, Herndon scored 17 field goals. DeHaven either scored or assisted 14 of them.
"Kyle's father was my boss when I first started working here," Colbert said. "I remember when she was a little girl, and she was so shy she would hide behind his legs when she came with him to work. . . . She's grown up so much, on and off the court."
Jefferson (15-7) led 36-35 following a basket by sophomore Lizzie Tallent with 3:15 to play, but scored just one more field goal after that. Senior Julie Miller, the school's all-time leading scorer, finished with 17 points. She finished her career with 1,241 points.
"We told the kids before the game that this is the type of game DeHaven would take over," Jefferson Coach T.J. Dade said. "When she steps on the floor, she's the kind of player who would do everything to win."
Cavaliers Earn Liberty Win
W.T. Woodson avenged its only loss over the final six weeks of the regular season by knocking off Fairfax, 53-44, in a Liberty District girls' first-round game.
Cavaliers senior guard Mary Klavin knocked down a three-pointer to break open a one-point game with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and W.T. Woodson shut down the Rebels until junior Gaile Hyman converted a lay-up in the game's waning seconds.
Woodson faced Lee, a 78-57 winner over Marshall, in Saturday night's semifinals.
Fairfax (6-16) knocked Woodson (17-6) out of a first-place tie with Madison on Feb. 10 by snapping the Cavaliers' nine-game winning streak with a 40-37 victory. Fairfax had lost seven of its eight previous games and entered last night's meeting on a two-game losing streak.
"This one feels real good, especially since we lost to Fairfax earlier," Klavin said. "That was a wake up call for us. If we hadn't beaten them this time, I would have just played my final high school basketball game."
Fairfax limited Woodson's leading scorers, sophomore Adriana Lemaitre and Klavin, to seven points each, but a host of Cavaliers filled in the scoring void. Junior forward Julia Sheffield scored eight of her team-high 14 points in the first half, and senior forward Ramata Diallo added 12 points, 10 coming in the second half.
"That is where we lost it last time," Klavin said. "We didn't have people step up. That was definitely the difference this time and is very reassuring heading into the rest of the playoffs."
Fairfax senior forward Stephanie Jones did her part in keeping the game close by scoring 14 of the Rebels' 22 points over the second and third quarters en route to a game-high 17.