SALTVILLE, Va. – Danielle Catron was one of many players to receive hugs, congratulatory words and pats on the back Friday night.
For the Chilhowie High School sophomore standout it was a moment that couldn’t have came soon enough. A victory over a longtime nemesis had finally been achieved.
Catron carved up the Patrick Henry defense for 27 points as the Warriors earned a 60-55 win over the Rebels in the finals of the Hogoheegee District girls basketball tournament at Northwood High School.
“It feels great,” Catron said. “I was proud of our team. We worked really hard and it feels good to finally win.”
Chilhowie (18-5) had lost its previous seven meetings with Patrick Henry, but finally broke through on Friday night. Catron, Ckareekeea Branch, Micah Untiedt and Kristen Caudill – Chilhowie’s quartet of sophomore stars – had never earned a win over the Rebels in their varsity careers before Friday.
Wilmoth shoots, Bristol Herald Courier
“Great win,” said Chilhowie coach Mark Halsey. “We battled this bunch the last couple of years and it’s a hard team to play. I told them, this young bunch, it’s a quality win for them.”
For Patrick Henry (20-4), the loss snapped a 19-game winning streak and was the Rebels’ first loss since Dec. 3. PH was 16-of-29 from the foul line and committed a plethora of turnovers late in the game.
Kasey Uecker led the Rebels with 20 points, while Cadence Wilmoth finished with 19 points. Wilmoth, the Hogoheegee District’s leading scorer, managed just six points in the second half and fouled out with 2:04 remaining.
Chilhowie's Danielle Catron attempts layup, Bristol Herald Courier
“We did a lot of stuff that’s very uncharacteristic of our team,” said Patrick Henry coach Tommy Thomas. “I told the girls, hey, you lost to a really good team tonight. They shot the best they’ve shot against us. I think our defense was a little bit off, but they were making their shots.”
Patrick Henry actually raced out to a 9-1 lead to start the game, but the Warriors responded by ripping off a 12-0 run. Poor starts had doomed Chilhowie in two regular season losses to PH, but Chilhowie was resilient this time.
“We just kept our composure,” Catron said. “You don’t want to get down. We knew if we kept calm we could stay with them.”
Chilhowie grabbed the lead for good at 33-31 late in the third quarter on a putback by senior post player Monica Fields. PH would get no closer than three points the rest of way and Chilhowie sealed the win from the free throw line.
Caudill (15 points, seven rebounds) and Branch (10 points) keyed the Warrior’s offensive attack along with Catron. The victory assured Chilhowie a home game in the first round of the Region C, Division 2 tournament.
“It was a team effort,” Halsey said. “They all have to produce when they’re called on. They came in focused and they were ready to play.”
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Chilhowie 60, PH-Glade Spring 55
SALTVILLE - Danielle Catron scored 22 points and Kristen Caudill added 15 and the Warriors upset regular-season champion PH-Glade Spring to win the Hogoheegee District tournament title on Friday night.
Ckareekeea Branch added 10 points for Chilhowie, which ended the Rebels' 19-game winning streak.
Kasey Uecker scored 20 points for PH-Glade Spring.
Jones 2, Branch 10, Untiedt 2, Caudill 15, Tilson 2, Fields 2, Catron 22.
PH-GLADE SPRING (20-4)
Kestner 4, Uecker 20, C. Wilmoth 19, M. Yarber 2, T. Wilmoth 4, Copenhaver 6.
Chilhowie 13 16 9 22-60
PH-Glade Spring 12 15 6 22-55
3-point-goals - Chilhowie 4 (Caudill 3, Catron), PH-Glade Spring 3 (Copenhaver 2, Uecker).