But Leonard’s improvement at the free throw line has made her presence even bigger.
In Friday’s 64-60 win over Heritage, Leonard scored 38 points, with 18 of those coming in the fourth quarter.
Leonard made 10 of her 13 free throw attempts to lead the Spartans (5-0) to their fifth straight win.
“She hit a lot of free throws down the stretch,” Broad Run Coach Sean Gundry said. “I told her early on last year that if she can knock down her free throws, she’ll almost double her points overnight.”
A year ago, Leonard was a 43.5 percent free throw shooter. Through five games, Leonard has made 20 of 29 free throws, which is good for 69 percent.
Gundry said Leonard worked to improve that aspect of her game, which has helped her average 27.6 points per game heading into Monday night.
“She was not a good free throw shooter last year,” Gundry said. “It was one of her biggest weaknesses and she knew it. She put in a ton of time this offseason.”
Loudoun County’s Borup hitting from long range
In total, Borup scored 13 points in the game, his fourth straight double-digit scoring performance to open the season entering Monday night’s meeting with Freedom-South Riding.
“We’re real excited about what he’s doing,” Loudoun County Coach Mark Alexander said. “He has shot the ball real well. He‘s working on all the other things to his game too, rebounding and defense. He’s dedicated himself to it and had a great offseason. I’m happy with what he’s doing right now.”
Borup, a first-year starter as a junior, has made nine three-pointers this season. He’s averaging 14.3 points per game.
Vikings rebound after loss
A day after losing to Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley's boys’ basketball team returned to the court and defeated Dominion, 60-49, on Saturday.
In the win, senior forward Paul Rowley scored 26 points, which included going 9 of 11 from the free throw line. The game against Dominion was originally scheduled for Dec. 9, but bad weather that canceled the school day forced the game to change dates.
After getting a day off on Sunday, the Vikings will play their third game in four days against Briar Woods on Monday night at 7 p.m.