Yvonne Lee and Kayla Jenkins combined for 26 points to help lead the host Broad Run Spartans to a 51-42 victory over the Dominion Titans in Dulles District girls' basketball Friday night in Ashburn.
Lee, a 5-foot-2 sophomore point guard finished the night with 13 points, highlighted by three clutch 3-pointers. When Lee was not making her way to the basket, she found Jenkins, a 5-foot-10 forward, who added 13 points from inside the paint for Broad Run (4-5 overall, 1-3 in the Dulles District).
“Dominion is a really good team, they’re really well coached so I knew it was going to be a battle," Broad Run coach Kate Culhane said. "They were very focused on executing what they needed to execute and they all played very well together. We were looking to kick ahead and finish off the best we can and we did.”
Dominion entered the game shorthanded with only seven players available due to injuries. Despite the depleted roster and coming off a 57-54 overtime loss to Tuscarora the night before, the Titans (4-7, 2-2) kept the game competitive throughout.
“Some of our freshman had to grow up a little bit faster than they usually have to grow up because of injuries,” said Dominion head coach Joe Smith, who watched two of his freshman, Kathleen Christ and Maya Van Wyngaardt, find the scoring column.
Aiming to rebound following a five-point loss to Park View the previous night, the Spartans played with intensity from tip-off. After an early turnover, Broad Run senior captain Sara Kelly stole the ball right back and the Spartans quickly settled into rhythm. After a high-speed first quarter, the Spartans had a 12-6 lead.
With Broad Run leading 12-6 after the first quarter, Dominion responded in the second quarter. Powerhouse 6-foot junior center Lauren Brokken attacked the basket and made big plays, which enabled the Titans to pull even at 23-23 heading into halftime.
Dominion carried that momentum into the second half. With two minutes left in the third quarter, Brokken bodied defenders and scored a go-ahead basket. Dominion led 35-34 entering the fourth quarter.
“Getting to the basket, looking for my open shooters and boxing out on defense was big for me tonight,” said Brokken, who finished with a game-high 22 points.
Broad Run regained control in the final quarter, as turnovers and fouls plagued Dominion. The Spartans converted 6 of 10 attempts from the foul line in the fourth. Jenkins calmly sank her free throws, hitting crucial shots as Broad Run pulled away for the 51-42 win.
“I felt confident and I felt like I could get the points,” Jenkins said. “My dad always tells me to not disappear during the game, so I tried to remember that in my mind. I tried to finish the basket or draw the foul or shoot the foul shots while staying strong and not disappearing.”
The Spartans and Titans will meet again Feb. 2 at Dominion. Broad Run returns to action Monday at Stone Bridge, while Dominion hosts undefeated Loudoun Valley on Tuesday.
Broad Run 51, Dominion 42
BR: Lee 13, Jenkins 13, Sokol 9, Thornhill 6, Kelly 6, Andruzzi 4
D: Brokken 22, Beal 10, Rickard 5, Vann 3, Christ 2
3-pointers: BR 3 (Lee 3); D 3 (Beal 2, Vann)
Free throws: BR (11 of 18); D (5 of 11)