Turnovers continued to be the Culpeper girls basketball team’s Achilles’ heel, as visiting Liberty pressured the Blue Devils into numerous miscues on the way to a 59-45 Class 4 Northwestern District victory on Friday night.
The Eagles built an 18-12 lead through a quarter and used an 11-3 run in the second period to break the game open and take a 36-24 advantage into halftime.
A 10-1 spurt by Liberty early in the third quarter served as the knockout blow for Culpeper (3-7 overall, 1-3 district).
Aleya Jenkins led the Eagles with a game-high 17 points.
Although his team dropped its sixth straight contest, Blue Devils head coach Tony Majors said it’s definitely showing improvement.
“Overall, I felt like the girls came out with the mindset of wanting to win,” Majors said. “I thought that we matched up well with [Liberty], but we just didn’t do a good enough job of rebounding or taking care of the ball. We’ve had trouble with turnovers all year, so we’ve been trying to limit those. We did play better tonight than we have lately though.”
One area where Culpeper struggled mightily was at the free throw line, where it converted just 13-of-30 attempts.
“We obviously didn’t shoot very well from the line tonight at all,” Majors said. “We have to do a better job of capitalizing on those chances.”
Freshman Autumn Fairfax led the Blue Devils with 16 points, while Laila Glymph added 10.
LIBERTY 65, CULPEPER 56
Dejour McCray scored 21 points and Quentin Butler chipped in 15, but visiting Culpeper (1-8, 1-3) came up short at Liberty (8-4, 4-2).
Culpeper’s boys team will host Spotsylvania in a nondistrict matchup on Monday, while the Blue Devil girls will hit the road to visit the Knights. Both games will tip-off at 7 p.m.