Panthers perfect in region, Corella reaches milestone
The Lady Panthers finished off the regular season in dramatic style on Tuesday night when they played the Cyclones of Porter-Gaud.
Already region champions after their victory against Northwood Academy last week, the Lady Panthers earned a 69-28 win to improve its mark in the region to a perfect 12-0. Pinewood also celebrated senior night and recognized seniors Raygon Hendrix, Katelyn Dambaugh, Brianna Boyd, Jazlyn Hooks, Jenifer Rhodes and Maria Corella who were playing their last game on their home court.
The Lady Cyclones didn’t put up much of a fight. By the end of the first quarter Pinewood was winning 25-10. The Panthers led the entire game and every member of the team was able to play.
Maria Corella shot a career-high 30 points and surpassed a milestone in the third period when she scored the 1000th point of her Lady Panther career. The team took a timeout and the game ball was presented to Corella.
“I am so happy for Maria,” Pinewood coach Nancy Beatty said, “For her to reach her 1000th point became a team goal. Maria’s leadership, determination and passion on and off the court is a true reflection on how the rest of the team played tonight and how it became their objective to help Maria reach this milestone. I can not emphasize enough what a valiant team effort this was to help Maria achieve this goal.”
Also Scoring for Pinewood were Raygon Hendrix (7,) Katelyn Dambaugh (7), Precious Paylor (4,) Jazlyn Hooks (3), Sarah Deas (4), Caroline Chester (2), Brianna Boyd (4) and Jenifer Rhodes (8).
This is the first time in school history that the Lady Panthers have gone undefeated in region play and in all SCISA play. They head into the playoffs Tuesday as the No. 1 seed.
“We will take it one game at a time as we head into the play-offs and still have two weeks ahead of us,” Beatty said.
The Pinewood boys lost their final game of the regular season, falling 83-58 to Porter-Gaud on Tuesday night. The Panthers finished with a 13-13 overall record and a 6-4 conference record. Pinewood advances to the SCISA state tournament and will play Orangeburg Prep at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Panthers were led in scoring by senior J.D. Waite with 16 points and Ryan Felder with 13. K.J. James led Porter-Gaud with 21 points.
The Panthers were not able to match Porter-Gaud’s size on the interior and were dominated on the boards.
Coach Pat Eidson was disappointed with how his team handled Porter’s man-to-man defense.
“We had too many turnovers which led to easy baskets for the Cyclones,” he said. “We now need to regroup before the play-offs.”