Warhill was eliminated from the Group 3A girls basketball state tournament quarterfinals Wednesday, 64-35, by Brookville at Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center.
The Lions (20-6) made only 28.9 percent (11-of-38) of their shots for the evening and just 4-of-17 in the second half. By contrast, the Bees (27-1) were 15-of-20 from the field in the third and fourth quarters, turning a competitive game into a rout.
"If we make a few more of the easy layups and free throws we missed in the first half, I think the game is closer," Warhill coach Bingo Brungot said. "Missing the free throws and the layups in the second half just allowed them to extend their lead. They're a very good team, and I give them all the credit in the world."
There was little indication early that the game would be a blowout, as Kieran McClure (14 points) hit two 3-pointers and Olivia Schulz was effective in the low post for the Lions. Two free throws by Schulz pulled the Lions to within 17-16 early in the second quarter.
"We knew that we were going to need to attack them early and get our shots and get our looks," McClure said. "We knew that if we moved the ball around well, we would be able to do things offensively. We worked together, and we played hard."
The Lions continued to do that, but a frost set in after Schulz's free throws as they missed their next six shots and turned the ball over four times. Meanwhile, the Bees benefited from three 3-pointers and 13 points from Megan Dray to take a 28-21 halftime lead.
"It just kind of came," Dray said of the offense. "It was just putting that score up and getting away from that close game at the beginning."
"We just played our offense, motion, found the open gaps and attacked," Brookville's Hannah Young said.
Young, the 3A West Region Player of the Year, scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half. She made a 3-pointer and scored inside as the Bees started the second half with an 8-2 run and never looked back.
For Warhill, it was a rough ending to a fine season that included their first Bay Rivers District title.
"The start of the season, I remember riding home on the bus coming home from Colonial Heights, talking to the girls and thinking, 'Wow, this is going to be fun,'" Schulz said.
"We hit this rough patch, really came together as a team and practiced hard. Getting (the Conference 25 title) again and winning Bay Rivers is really exciting for us."
BROOKVILLE 64 WARHILL 35
WARHILL (20-6): Jones 11, Schulz 6, McClure 14, Nicholson 1, Brungot 3. Totals 11 10-24 35.
BROOKVILLE (27-1): Moran 11, Stark 8, Rixey 2, Young 24, Dray 13, Elliott 4, Tyree 2. Totals 26 5-6 64.
Warhill 14 7 8 6 -- 35
Brookville 17 11 17 19 -- 64
3-point goals: Warhill 3 (McClure 3), Brookville 7 (Dray 3, Young 2, Elliott 2).
Jamestown's Evan Wang and Mason Wang have been selected the Ironclad Conference 18 Boys Basketball Players of the Year. Mason Wang averaged 17.8 points and Evan Wang 16.2 for the Eagles, who are 24-2 and have qualified for boys basketball state tournament for the first time in school history.
The Eagles Donovan Bridgeforth was voted Coach of the Year. The full team is listed below.
First Team: Evan Wang (Jamestown), Mason Wang (Jamestown), Ryan Jones (Smithfield), Chris Pierce (Smithfield), Keyshawn Jefferson (Lafayette), Josh Moore (Grafton), Clint Scott (Denbigh), Darius Huff (Heritage).
Second Team: Breshard Turner (Denbigh), Diamonte Brown (Jamestown), Ryan Jones (Jamestown), Keon Tucker (Smithfield), Sascha Stafford (Smithfield), Kiran Durant (Grafton).
Honorable Mention: Isaiah Nix (Grafton), Iziahn Moore (Smithfield), Elizer Rudolph (Heritage), Ameer Lee (Heritage), Ryan Devine (Jamestown), Issac Clay (Denbigh).
Co-Players of the Year: Evan Wang (Jamestown) and Mason Wang (Jamestown).
Coach of the Year: Donovan Bridgeforth (Jamestown).