Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Pinewood Prep boys’ basketball team defeated Northwood Academy 70-61 last Friday night to even their record to 8-8.
The Panthers also upped their region record to 2-1 with a win on the road in front of a packed house. Seniors J.D. Waite and Ryan Felder paced the Panthers with 16 points each and Jimmy Thomas added 13 while Reid Radebaugh and Ahmad Ray both scored 7. The Panthers pulled down a season-high 42 rebounds. Felder and Waite both had eight while Bobby Casey had seven.
Pinewood trailed 35-33 at halftime and fell behind by as much as 11 points early in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers finished strong to tally 25 points in the final quarter. Thomas had 10 fourth-quarter points and Felder had seven.
Coach Pat Eidson was impressed with the toughness his team showed in coming back for the win.
“We have really struggled on the offensive end this year, so it was great to see some guys step up and hit some big shots,” Eidson said.
In the girls’ game, Pinewood Prep proved too much for Northwood as the Lady Panthers picked up a 65-56 win.
Senior forward Brianna Boyd scored 19 points and fellow senior post Jenifer Rhodes added 13 and senior point guard Raygon Hendrix added 15.
Northwood junior guard Amber Campbell scored 36 points.
“We felt like coming in they didn’t have an answer for our two inside players,” Pinewood Prep coach Nancy Beatty said. “We knew if we got them going, we would be in good shape. We knew Amber would find a way to get her points. She got out on the break several times and hit some layups. We did a good job of limiting their other players and we were very efficient on offense.”
At the end of the first quarter the game was tied at 14. In the second quarter the Panthers quickly opened up a 25-16 lead four minutes into the period. Northwood came back to 25-24, but Pinewood ended the quarter with a 32-26 lead.
Pinewood was ahead 57-45 near the end of the fourth quarter but Campbell wasn’t finished and led an 11-1 run to cut the margin to 58-56 with 1:01 remaining in the game. The Lady Panthers, however, again had an answer. Pinewood scored the final seven points of the game.
“We’ll likely play Northwood two more times this year, but this was certainly a huge win for us,” Beatty said. “It’s always good to win on the road and we knew how important this game was for both teams.”
The two-time defending SCISA AAA state champions improved to 12-3 on the season. Northwood Academy dropped to 15-2.
The teams will meet again on Feb. 8 at Pinewood Prep.