Trojans Sweep Portsmouth Christian in Basketball Tripleheader
Trojans Sweep Portsmouth Christian in Basketball Tripleheader
Mike Brantley

On Thursday, Walsingham Academy hosted Portsmouth Christian for a tripleheader of basketball games.

The Walsingham JV Boys team played a dominant game and won by a final score of 74-28 to start the night.

The varsity girls played the second game of the evening and looked to pick up their first win of the young season. Several early buckets by Rachel Owens '22 and Becky Villeda '22 gave the Trojans a 10-5 lead after the first quarter. Julia Wilson '22 really started to take over in the second quarter as she consistently caused problems for her opponent. The Trojans' defense was very strong and held the Patriots to just two points in the second, giving them a 22-7 lead at the half.

The Trojans continued to work hard in the second half and guards Olivia LeJeune '20 and Porter Marshall '20 really stretched the Patriots' defense with their three-point range. Eighth-grader Clara Riggs made her debut for the varsity team and she quickly made an impact, grabbing seven rebounds and scoring her first basket on a great drive to the basket that also drew a foul. The Trojans held their opponent to five points or less in all four quarters and pulled away for the 41-16 win.

Julia Wilson led the way for the Trojans with 18 points, 16 rebounds, and four steals. Becky Villeda contributed eight points and Porter Marshall scored six. Point guard Olivia LeJeune had five points, six steals, and five assists. Rachel Owens and Clara Riggs scored two points a piece for the Trojans. This was the first win for new Trojans head coach, Belinda de la Garza.

The Trojans will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 11, as they host Christchurch at 5:30 p.m.

The varsity boys basketball team is off to a great start to the season and brought their 4-0 record into the final game of the night. The Trojans started off the game with an 11-4 run to build the early lead, thanks in large part to a quick nine points from Marcus Banks '21. A late three-point play by Jaylin Stewart '19 gave the home team an 18-8 lead after the first quarter. The teams traded baskets back and forth in the second quarter and the Trojans were able to slightly increase their lead to 33-19 going into halftime.

The third quarter again saw Marcus Banks provide the majority of the offense as he knocked down three shots from long range in the quarter to score nine of the Trojans' 13 points. The Trojans defense remained solid and the team took a 46-36 lead to the final quarter. The Patriots refused to go away without a fight though and cut the lead to just 53-50 with 2 minutes remaining in the game. With the game on the line, senior captain Jaylin Stewart stepped up and scored three big baskets for the Trojans to build their lead back up to eight. When the final buzzer sounded, the Trojans emerged with a 59-54 victory.

Marcus Banks and Jaylin Stewart each scored 23 points to lead the Trojans offensively. Henrikas Kalnius '21 scored six points and Braden Exton '19 added three. Sam Jones '19 (two points) and Lincoln Lubsen '21 (two points) also scored for the Trojans.

The Trojans are now 5-0 on the season and have won their last 21 home games dating back to 2017. The Trojans will return to action immediately as they head to Charlottesville to play in the STAB Tipoff Tournament this weekend. The Trojans will open up against North Cross on Friday, Dec. 7 and 4:30 p.m.