The Lord Botetourt girls basketball team will be off this week, returning December 28 to host Abingdon. The girls are 6-2 at Christmas.
Botetourt had a busy time with three games in four days last week. The Cavs were down to eight players due to injuries, and three are freshmen.
“We were faced with a heavy schedule against some of our toughest competition of the year all in the same week,” said coach Renee Favaro.
LB opened the week with a 66-61 overtime loss to Cave Spring, losing for the fist time this season. Taylor Orange led LB with 20 points, Ainsley Anderson had 13 and Bryanna Orange 10.
“Turnovers in the fourth quarter allowed Cave to make a run and tie things up,” said Favaro. “Our inexperience showed against a veteran team with eight seniors.”
LB bounced back the following night with a 47-32 win over Jefferson Forest.
“Defensively, this was the best game we played all season,” said Favaro. “JF has some talented scorers and the girls did an excellent job executing the game plan. Abby Kingery was tasked with doubling drives and she did a fantastic job.
Madilyn Winterton put up 19 points and Ainsley Anderson had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards against Forest.
On Friday the girls dropped their final game before the break, falling 70-55 at Floyd.
“In the high school game, you will not win many, if any, games giving up 70 points,” said Favaro. “Our defensive effort was disappointing and we also threw the ball away 26 times leading to 28 of their points.”
Taylor Orange scored 17, Anderson had 15 and Winterton had 12 despite having only played four minutess in the first half due to foul trouble.
“Looking forward to having a little time off to regroup and clean up some things in practice,” said Favaro. “Sometimes I have to remember that we have no seniors and the juniors we do have had a short freshman season with only 10 games and limited time on the floor during that year. We scheduled a tough non-district schedule and it is going to pay off for us down the road.”