Rebounds, defense lift Pats past Warriors

Washington coach Don Bullett could check off the good things that his boys team accomplished in stopping visiting Sherando High, 58-41, on Friday night.

The Patriots had 17 more rebounds than the Warriors, then 14-7 overall with the loss. Bullett’s team made eight three-point field goals in the second half where Washington outscored Sherando by 14 points to ease away from the visitors.

Sherando made so few follow-shot or rebound-baskets that its 41 points were a real struggle.

Washington’s Maleke Jones scores inside as the Patriots defeat Sherando for the second time this year.

Washington’s Maleke Jones scores inside as the Patriots defeat Sherando for the second time this year.

The Warriors didn’t find many uncontested shots against the Washington defense.

But the one glaring fault the Patriots have been hurt by for too much of the season was still around. Washington missed far too many free throws. Far too many to beat a quality team that could prevent the Patriots from making much noise in this state’s postseason play.

Washington’s lead was only 23-20 at the half. The Patriots outscored Sherando, 35-21, in the second half.

Jerome Jones continued his mid-season surge of improved play with 19 points and helped make any late-game move by the Warriors improbable. Maleke Jones was Washington’s other double-figure scorer with his 10 points as the Patriots were again without the services of forward Kendell Smith.

Even though it went only 2-for-10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, Washington was able to extend its lead in the period.

The Patriots were 13-4 overall after beating Sherando for the second time this season.

Rebounding was Washington’s clarion call on the night. And Jerome Jones continued his surge in scoring and that really helped the Patriots overcome their troubling foul shooting.

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