Panthers Split with Hammond

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Lady Panthers Basketball team earned a 56-50 win over the Skyhawks of Hammond last week.

The Skyhawks were expecting to take home a win to add to its undefeated season but Pinewood spoiled its hopes by notching its fifth consecutive victory.

The Skyhawks had the first basket, a three pointer, but that would be the only time in the game they would have the lead. Pinewood took control of the first quarter to take a 13-9 lead. By half time the score was 24-19.

In the third quarter Pinewood came alive and went on an 18-8 run with some key shooting by Sarah Deas to open things up. Deas scored 8 points in the quarter.

In the fourth the Skyhawks responded and crept back in the game, scoring 23 points. Pinewood made some mistakes but managed to hold onto the lead.

“We played great defense and rebounded well,” Pinewood coach Tony Bulford said. “It was a great team win.”

Precious Paylor was the high scorer with 18 points. Sarah Deas had 16 and Leah Wright scored 7. Senior Caroline Chester had 11 rebounds.

The Lady Panthers travel to Cathedral Academy Thursday and will then prepare for the Carolina Classic Tournament in Charleston Dec. 27-30.

The Pinewood boys also played Hammond on Tuesday night but came out on the losing end 67-46. The Panthers were up against last year’s state runner up team that included sophomore superstar Seventh Woods.

He averaged 19.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals last season for the Shyhawks, and then helped a USA junior national team with a world championship last summer. The sky is the limit this fine youngster.

In the opening quarter Hammond blew the game open for an 18-8 lead. By halftime Hammond was up 39-21. Pinewood was able to hang a little more in the third and fourth quarters but by then it was too late.

The Skyhawks proved to be more athletic, had the ability to run the floor and they have good depth. Defensively they were able to put pressure on Pinewood from the opening tip.

Pinewood’s leading scorers were Gavin Williams with 10 points and Dexter Coaxum with 8. Woods finished with 22 points for Hammond and Chevez Gordon had 15.

Head Coach Pat Eidson was disappointed his team did not keep the game within reach. The Panthers were without the services of two starters from last year’s team. Reid Radebaugh was only able to play limited minutes and Evan Schwartz has not played in a game this season due to a foot injury.

“We are going to keep working and hopefully improve as the season goes on,” Eidson said. “I hope we get a chance to play them again in the state tournament.”

Up next, the Pinewood boys face Catderal Thursday and will participate in the Rotary Roundball Classic Dec. 27-30.

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