Patriot Boys Stay Undefeated
Undefeated Pinecrest rode a 31 point and 10 rebound performance by Jarrin Wooten to a 62-47 victory over Scotland County in its Mid-Southeastern Conference opener Tuesday evening.
The 6-foot-5 senior accounted for most of the Patriot offense in the first half of the game played at James Moore Gym. He scored 23 points as his team took a scant 30-29 lead into the intermission.
The ultimate undoing for the Scots were 32 turnovers, and a triple technical foul with about three minutes left in the game that allowed the Patriots to expand their advantage from seven to 11 points.
The Patriots improve to 8-0 while the Scots drop to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Coach Mike Apple's squad travels to Richmond Senior tonight for a 7:30 p.m. league contest.
"We did a great job of getting the ball into the post," Apple said after the game. "I thought Jarrin was consistently good for four quarters. Our perimeter game left a lot to be desired."
Wooten was coming off a 20 point and 11 rebound effort in last week's overtime win at Lee County. The Patriots trailed the Scots 16-9 when he began the second period with a putback.
The home team finally drew even at 21-21 on an in-bound pass from Blake Smith to Wooten for two more. Wooten went on to attack the rim for 18 second-quarter points, going eight for nine at the foul line in the process.
"We want our post men to touch the ball a lot," Apple said. "Jarrin was doing a good job of flashing high for the ball. I talk about his quickness all the time. When he squares up, he's about as quick as any guard, taking it to the rim. That and the fact that he's left-handed make him a little deceptive."
Spurred by their defense, the Patriots expanded their lead to 48-37 on a drive for two by Josh Scales as the third period came to a close. But they went almost four minutes before Evan Cole scored their first fourth-quarter basket.
Leading 51-44 at the 3:25 mark, the Patriots got some help after one of the Scots was too strenuous in his objection to a call by one of the officials. A technical foul called against the player was followed by two more against Scot coach Mike Ritchie, who was ejected from the game.
Jahrelle Person stepped up to the foul line and sank four of the six free throws awarded, giving the Patriots a comfortable 55-44 edge.
Chris Moss led the visitors with 13 points. Person was the other Patriot in double figures, also with 13.
Apple felt that the number of turnovers and fouls committed by both sides made it difficult for the game to have a flow.
"It was a conference game and there's a lot of intensity on both sides," he said. "Both teams wanted to win the ball game so that had something to do with the style of play, too.
"If Jarrin doesn't play the game he played, we're six to eight points down at the half. We were fortunate to win the ball game."
Scotland 16 13 8 10 -- 47
Pinecrest 9 21 18 14 -- 62
Scotland Covington 1 0-0 2, Ratliffe 2 1-2 6, Moss 6 1-2 13, D. Monley1 0-0 2, Robinson 3 2-4 8, McLean 3 1-2 8, McMillan 1 1-2 3, Clark 1 0-0 2, McIntyre 1 1-2 3. Totals 19 7-14 47. Pinecrest McCullough 0 0-0 0, Scales 1 4-6 6, Person 3 6-8 13, Cole 1 1-2 3, Wooten 10 11-17 31, Threadgill 0 0-0 0, Allbrooks 1 0-0 2, Towns 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 2-2 5, Baldwin 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 24-35 62. Three-point goals: Scotland 2 (Ratliffe, McLean); Pinecrest 2 (Person, Smith).
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