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CYCLONES' WIN IS ALL IN FAMILY
High school girls basketball: Eastern View at King George

 The Foxes' Stephanie Beverly (22) tries to find her way out of the second-half double-team created by the Cyclones' Meisha Brock (12) and Taylor Odendhal last night.
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Date published: 1/27/2010

BY ADAM HIMMELSBACH

Taylor Shanks might be one of the few girls who can slow Courtney Shanks on a basketball court.

And Courtney might be one of the few who can stifle Taylor.

But the two first-cousins are teammates at Eastern View, so they enjoy watching others try to stop them both.

Last night, Courtney had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Taylor added 23 points and eight rebounds, and the Cyclones stormed to a 71-49 victory against King George.

Eastern View point guard Miesha Brock added 17 points and 17 assists, most of which came on post passes to the Shanks cousins.

"Our chemistry and stuff is really good," Taylor Shanks said.

Taylor and Courtney Shanks have been playing basketball together since they were children, spending endless hours shooting on a hoop in their grandparents' driveway.

Courtney, a junior, taught Taylor her devastating up-and-under move near the basket.

Taylor, a freshman, taught Courtney how to attack the rim.

"And we both taught each other how to be tough," Courtney said, "because we don't play no games."

Three years ago the cousins were teammates at Floyd T. Binns Middle School, and so far this season has been a perfect family reunion.

Last night, Courtney and Taylor combined to score 12 of Eastern View's first 14 points.

When Courtney scored inside with 4 minutes, 53 seconds left in the second quarter, the Cyclones had a 29-19 lead as well as complete control.

"They're smart basketball players," Eastern View coach Mike McCombs said. "They get good position, and our guards are good at feeding it to them."

With the game in danger of slipping away, King George's Brittany Kersey scored twice in the final minute, keying a 5-0 burst that pulled the Foxes within 29-24 at halftime.

With 5:34 left in the third quarter, Courtney started a 10-0 flurry with a basket inside.

Brock capped the run with an 18-footer, and Eastern View's 15-point lead was never threatened after that.

"We weren't really playing bad [at the end of the first half]," Courtney Shanks said. "We just needed to calm down and get back to playing our game."

Timeah Brooks had 18 points to pace King George and Kersey added 11.

The Foxes (6-8, 3-5) play host to Culpeper on Friday.

Eastern View, which has won four games in a row, visits Fauquier in a nondistrict game tonight.

"We're doing a better job of communicating on defense," McCombs said, "and I think we're really starting to play better as a team."

Eastern View

16

13

20

22

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71

King George

12

12

12

13

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49

Scoring

Eastern View (9-3, 6-3): Shakedra Nelson 2, Myeshia Brock 17, Taylor Odend'hal 7, Courtney Shanks 17, Taylor Shanks 23, Shirlina Bowles 3, Miles 1, Randy Miles 0. Totals: 30 11-19 71.

King George (6-8, 3-5): Timeah Brooks 18, Kara Brabant 6, Stephanie Beverly 5, Bianca Starwood 3, Brittany Kersey 11, Stephanie Watts 6, Cassie Phillips 0, Jazzmine Johnson 0. Totals: 22 3-10 49.

Three-point goals: EV: none. KG 2 (Brabant 2).

Adam Himmelsbach: 540/374-5442
Email: ahimmelsbach@freelancestar.com


EASTERN VIEW 71 KING GEORGE 49