Chargers lead the way

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Provided Pinewood's Jimmy Thomas blocks a Chargers’ shot Friday.

Northwood Academy swept the Pinewood Prep basketball teams Friday.

The Pinewood boys fell 67-49 as Northwood ended a 25-game Panther winning streak that dates all the way back to 2002. The Chargers jumped out to a big lead early in the game and led 17-9 at the end of the first quarter. Pinewood came back and cut the lead to 25-24 before Northwood went on a 9-2 run to go into halftime leading 34-26.

Northwood was led in scoring by Tayvaughn Major with 19 points. The Panthers were led by Ahmad Ray with 14 and Jimmy Thomas with 11.

Pinewood coach Pat Eidson was disappointed that his team did not capitalize on their home court advantage.

“The region is probably the most balanced it has ever been, so losing one at home really hurts,” he said. “The crowd was fantastic and our student section was great. Our effort was good but our execution left a lot to be desired. Hopefully we will bounce back and work even harder in practice to get better.”

Pinewood fell to 11-8 on the season and 1-1 in region play. Pinewood will travel to John’s Island on Wednesday to play Charleston Collegiate and will be back home on Friday to host Hilton Head Christian.

The Pinewood girls also had a tough game on Friday. The Lady Chargers came right out of the blocks in the first quarter and took a 34-8 lead. The Lady Panthers managed to settle in during the second quarter and actually outscored Northwood Academy, but Northwood took a 47-23 lead into the half.

Pinewood did play with intensity throughout the game but the Chargers proved to be too strong as Northwood claimed an 88-48 win. “I was proud of how we played especially as we are a young team,” Lady Panthers coach Tony Bulford said. “We had some good looks in the first quarter but we were unable to make shots. I give credit to Northwood Academy. They are a good, well-rounded team and they had five players in double figures. We had four players in double figures but it just wasn’t enough this time around.”

Sophomore Kaylee Kemp and junior Leah Wright led Pinewood’s scorers with 12 points each and Precious Paylor and Sarai Bowman each had 10 points. The Lady Panthers will also travel to Charleston Collegiate Wednesday and return home for region play on Friday against Hilton Head Christian.

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