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In a yr of parity, Gainesville makes assertion with win over Patriot – The Washington Put up


Coach Daniel Nemerow started this season, Gainesville women’ basketball’s second as a varsity program, with a blueprint. A 12-10 file final winter confirmed glimpses of its standing, and a powerful begin to this season reaffirmed a powerful basis. However what this system lacked was a signature win.

On Friday evening in Nokesville towards red-hot Patriot, the Cardinals received one, prevailing, 60-49.

“It’s an announcement to the remainder of the convention,” stated junior Ella Nhek, who completed with 18 factors.

The plan for Gainesville, Nemerow stated, was clear from the start of his tenure. Coming from a family of coaches, he spent years selecting kinfolk’ brains about fostering group tradition and which units could be efficient for a given roster. It didn’t damage that Nemerow had been on this launching place earlier than, main Patriot years in the past in its first season as a varsity program.

From that have, he discovered his calling card: He needed to give his gamers possession of this system. Particularly, he stated, as a result of the expertise was already there.

“I really feel somewhat bit like I’m dishonest,” Nemerow stated of the circumstances.

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This winter, a big group of coaches have been bullish of their postseason probabilities, with many anticipating this winter’s crop of Northern Virginia contenders to be its deepest in years. The Cardinals (6-1) are forcing their manner into that dialog.

One of many 44 Class 6 packages in Northern Virginia — No. 19 Edison — stays undefeated. Madison, the three-time defending state champion, appears aggressive however susceptible after graduating eight seniors. Osbourn Park, final season’s runner-up, bested Gainesville early within the season however fell to Patriot (5-2) on Monday.

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“What I’ve instructed all of them alongside is that there isn’t a recreation on our schedule that isn’t winnable,” Nemerow stated. “We will lose to groups, too. However we will beat everybody on our schedule proper now.”

Down two starters, together with main scorer Madison McKenzie (concussion protocols), Gainesville devised a plan for its entry into the world dialog: lean into its playmaking, depth and three-point taking pictures.

Their pass-happy technique was obvious early. Nevertheless it was Patriot, with an identical plan, that took a 25-24 lead into halftime.

Then the avalanche arrived. Possession after possession, Gainesville picked up steam and created a cushion with a 10-0 run late within the third quarter to take a 40-32 lead coming into the ultimate body.

“I believe the second half, we knew we had them; we knew they had been sturdy, however we had been stronger,” Nhek stated.

Two minutes into the fourth quarter, Nhek hit back-to-back three-pointers — every resulting in a Patriot timeout. Gainesville by no means regarded again.

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