Western girls drop Glen Allen in Play for Preemies finale

Western Albemarle’s girls basketball team needed Sydney Sherman to step up.


With senior post player Shannon Moore out of the lineup with an injury, the Warriors’ sophomore forward started and met the challenge, leading Western with a double double performance in a 43-28 win over Glen Allen to wrap up the Play for Preemies Showcase Saturday at Western.


Sydney Sherman had a great game for us and that inside-outside balance makes us tough to beat,” said Western coach Kris Wright. “She really got on the glass and bothered or blocked a lot of shots. I really like when players are resilient and after missing some shots at Orange the night before, she had a bounce back performance and it was great to see.”


Sherman scored 15 points including a 7-for-8 performance at the line and hauled in 11 rebounds, a breakout effort for the sophomore in a game where the Warriors sorely needed it. She wasn’t the only sophomore post player to step up either as Caity Driver came up with six rebounds for the Warriors. Point guard Elisabeth Coffman also played well with 10 points, a pair of assists and a steal. Mady Starsia had four steals on the night.


Western’s defense was stout against Glen Allen, holding the Jaguars to single digits in each quarter, including just two points in the fourth quarter.


“I thought we were really good defensively throughout the roster,” Wright said. “We took away a lot of drives and contested or blocked a lot of shots. We showed good discipline in help defense. It was a really good effort there.”


The win ended a full day of basketball played in front of a sizable crowd for the Play for Preemies Showcase, which raised funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at the UVa Children’s Hospital and Carilion Clinic in Roanoke. In addition to corporate sponsors and contributions, certain officiating crews even worked games for free as a contribution to the fundraiser.


“This is the second year we’ve done this multi-team showcase type of event and I’m really happy with how this year turned out,” Wright said. “The teams, players, and coaches were all great and supportive. I thought all the teams played hard and competed. The turnout was great from the community too. We had some businesses step up and provide sponsorships or prizes. It’s amazing the support that so many people have given us both within our program and school and around the community for this event. It’s great and I’m grateful for everyone that helped make it happen. It will mean so much to the NICUs and the preemies that need their care.”


The Warriors will travel to Louisa County Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.