Pats Host North Moore Tonight in Girls' Hoops
Pinecrest hosts North Moore tonight at James Moore Gymnasium in a girls’ only jayvee-varsity basketball doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.
The visiting Mustangs enter the nonconference cross-county clash undefeated at 5-0 on the season. Meanwhile, Pinecrest brings a 5-3 record into the ballgame, after dropping a 42-31 decision to Southern Lee, Saturday in Southern Pines.
The Pat girls', who were missing starters Keegan Lynch and Megan Thomas, went 12-for-57 on shots from the field (21 percent) in Saturday's nonconference contest. Pinecrest scored only two points in the second period as the visiting Cavaliers held a 24-10 halftime advantage.
Janea Williams finished with yet another big game for the Patriots that included 13 points, 24 rebounds, five blocked shots and two assists. Still, the junior shared her team’s shooting woes, making only five of her 18 shots from the field.
Felicia Painter contributed seven points and 13 rebounds as the home team held a huge 52-31 edge on the boards.
In the nightcap, the Patriot boys suffered an 82-65 shellacking.
A first quarter barrage of three-point baskets by Southern Lee proved to be too much for the Pinecrest boys to overcome.
Joshua Lee made five of the seven treys that helped stake the Cavaliers to a 30-12 lead at the end of the first period. Lee finished with eight of the long ones and 24 points. Cav point guard Ace Chalmers squashed any Patriot comeback hopes with a 26-point performance.
Jermaine Martin led the Patriots with 13 points. Brendan Ortiz and Traivon Williams contributed 10 each. Sophomores Ortiz, Chyshad McGriff (eight points) and Kardashian Ragin (three assists) all played well in the losing cause.
Coach Andrew Lacey’s squad takes a 2-6 record into Tuesday’s road game against Hillside at 7 p.m. in Durham.
In the first of four games Saturday, the Patriot junior varisty girls fell to 6-2 with a 49-46 overtime loss to the Cavaliers. The Pats were led by Tyra Harris with 15 points and Alysha Gaffney with nine.
The only Pats' team to get into the win column was the Pinecrest junior varsity boys, with a 58-46 victory over the Cavs. Jaaman Calhoun and Mark Kropp led the Patriot (3-5) with 10 points apiece. Charles Woodard scored five points in the third period to help quell a Cavalier comeback bid.
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