FREDERICK — Shea Chavez is one of seven sophomores that make up a majority of the Frederick girls basketball team, and the Warriors are working this year with a new coach and no seniors.
Seeing them struggle in Tri-Valley League play, then, is not exactly surprising. But Chavez knows her team has let a couple of winnable games slip past them recently — crucial league games against Erie and Roosevelt that were lost in overtime.
Hosting Skyline on Tuesday night, closing out the game wasn't any easier — but Chavez and her teammates got the job done with a 45-40 victory. As the Warriors turn toward the second half of the league schedule with some tough games ahead, there was a little monkey-off-the-back for Frederick as they nabbed their first league win.
"It was amazing to see us pull together and get that first league win, and our coach (Brett Anderson) really just helped us get where we needed to be to finish it," Chavez said after posting a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds) and blocking two Skyline shots. "We played our best game of the season, I think."
The Warriors were balanced overall with three in double figures — Aspen Dufour had 10 points and seven rebounds and Mylie Tarnowski contributed 11 points — and Frederick had to rally, no less, to get the win.
They did so with a strong third quarter as they outscored Skyline 19-12 to take the lead for good. Chavez had six points and five rebounds in that frame alone, and Dufour had a clutch basket and foul with just 52.1 seconds to go to make it 31-27 for FHS.
Chavez was the beneficiary of some solid feeds within the first two minutes of the fourth quarter and Frederick simply managed to keep its lead between four and seven points the rest of the way.
"We moved the ball around and just looked for who was open, but we weren't rushing it and just keeping it easy because we knew they were tough on defense," Chavez said. "We just kept our composure, and on defense we were hands-up and ready to defend."
Venessa Villereal had one of her best games of the year for Skyline, posting 13 points and six rebounds. The Falcons will travel to play Holy Family on Friday after dropping to 3-4 in league.
Frederick 45, Skyline 40
At Frederick HS
SKYLINE (8-6, 3-4)
Aguilar 1 1-2 3, Emanuel 2 0-0 4, Earhart 1 2-4 4, Garcia 1 0-0 2, Schendel 2 0-0 4, Villereal 6 0-0 13, McKrola 2 6-12 10. Totals 15 9-18 40.
FREDERICK (5-11, 1-6)
DeSantis 0 1-2 1, Neu 1 2-2 4, A. Dufour 3 4-6 10, Tarnowski 4 1-2 11, Hemelstrand 0 0-0 0, Chavez 5 2-3 12, T. Dufour 2 0-0 6, Hurtado 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 11-17 45.
Score by quarters:Skyline 9 9 12 10 — 40
Frederick 9 5 19 12 — 45
3-point field goals — Skyline (1): Villereal; Frederick (4): Tarnowski 2, T. Dufour 2 . Fouled out — Schendel, A. Dufour.