Thursday, February 21, 2013
The season for the Pinewood Prep boys came to a crashing halt last Saturday with a first round loss in the SCISA AAA state play-offs.
The Panthers, who came in as a three seed, were upset by sixth-seeded Orangeburg Prep 62-59. Pinewood finishes the season with a 13-14 overall record and a 6-4 region record.
The game started well as Pinewood jumped out to a 19-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. Pinewood hit four three-pointers in the quarter and looked to be playing confidently.
Orangeburg Prep evened the score in the second quarter and the teams went into halftime tied 32-32. The third quarter ultimately decided the game as the Panthers only managed to score nine points and trailed by six going into the fourth quarter. Although Pinewood scored 18 in the fourth quarter it was not enough as The Indians held on for a three-point win.
Junior Reid Radebaugh scored 19 points and Corbin Landers added 12 to lead Pinewood.
Luke Trimmer scored 23 for Orangeburg Prep and hit 5 of 6 three pointers.
Coach Pat Eidson was disappointed his team did not go further in the play-offs. “Although we have had a difficult year, I felt like we were playing our best basketball of the year during the past five games,” Eidson said. “The kids kept working hard through a lot of adversity and kept getting better. I am really disappointed for our team and especially our seniors that we did not advance further.”
The Lady Panthers played Laurence Manning in the second round of the play-offs on Tuesday after being given a bye in the first round. Top-seeded Pinewood pounded Laurence Manning 73-30. Pinewood led from start to end and was up 42-17 by half time. Head Coach Nancy Beatty was able to play everyone.
Leading the way for The Panthers with 18 points was Senior Brianna Boyd. Pinewood had three other players post double-digit scoring as 10 Lady Panthers sank shots.
Adding to the Pinewood cause were: Michaela McAuley (2), Kaylee Kemp (2), Raygon Hendrix (4), Katelyn Dambaugh (5), Precious Paylor (10), Sarah Deas (10), Maria Corella (16), Jenifer Rhodes (6) and Kinsey Baughman (2).
Senior captains Hendrix, Rhodes and Corella said the big victory will give them confidence as their team enters the next round Friday. Pinewood will travel to Sumter to play Hammond at 3:30 p.m. in the semi-finals.