PHS Girls Top Hoke County
The Pinecrest girls made up for not having any seniors to celebrate senior night with by soundly defeating Hoke County 52-32 at James Moore Gymnasium Friday evening.
“It’s the first time I’ve coached on a team that didn’t have a senior,” Patriot basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser said afterward. “But it’s nice that we’re all intact next year.”
Led by junior Janea Williams with 16 points and 17 rebounds, the Patriots won their first game since Jan. 20, breaking a five-game losing streak. Junior Felicia Painter booked a double-double that included 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Freshman guard Jasmine Chalmers added 15 points, six steals and three assists. The Pats take a record of 4-6 in the Southeastern Conference and 11-12 overall into Tuesday’s 7 p.m. conference tournament opener at Lumberton.
The Pats started off playing like a team that could not only be a big factor in the league next season, but possibly make some noise this coming week. They vaulted to a 9-0 lead with a pair of threes by freshman Jasmine Chalmers doing a lot of the damage.
“When I was warming up my shot wasn’t going in,” she said, “but when I got in the game it turned on.”
Forward Felicia Painter had two of the Patriots’ six assists in the first period. Her three, set up by a pass from Megan Thomas, extended the lead to 18-4. Points were harder to come by in the second period, but the Pats allowed the Bucks only one field goal. Just before halftime, a runner by Chalmers made it 26-10.
“On offense we’re not always like we should be,” she said, “but we take our defense seriously.”
Keegan Lynch inbounded the ball under the basket to Painter to begin the scoring in an 18-point third period. Moments later it was Lynch from about the same spot to Williams for two more, making it 30-14.
Late in the fourth quarter, Williams received the ball along the base line with the same open path to the basket she used to dunk a ball in practice this week. She scored without going for the more dramatic version that can now be seen on YouTube.
“I was going to try it tonight, but I got a little nervous,” she said. “I still haven’t mastered the dribbling, but I can get up there.”
Williams’ output included three steals and three blocks. Lynch handed out five assists. The Bucks finished the season 0-10 in the conference.
All in all, the performance that included two 18-point quarters, two eight-point quarters and 30 turnovers, mirrors the Patriots’ season.
“We’ve kind of been on a roller coaster, up and down, and had some growing pains,” Loutzenheiser said.
The Patriots should get help next year from their junior varsity team that completed the season with a 30-17 victory at Hoke Friday evening. Coach Janie Hodges’ squad finished in a three-way tie for first place with Richmond and Lumberton with an 8-2 conference and 18-6 overall record.
Hoke 8 5 12 7 — 32
Pinecrest 18 8 18 8 — 52
Hoke: Carroll 3 7-15 13, Pate 1 0-0 2, Pegues 1 2-4 4, McNeill 2 1-6 5, Horne 4 0-0 8. Totals 11 10-25 32.
Pinecrest: Chalmers 5 3-9 15, Waddell 1 0-0 2, Painter 6 0-0 13, Lynch 1 0-0 2, Williams 6 4-6 16, M. Thomas 1 0-0 2, Fairley 0 0-2 0, Braswell 1 0-0 2, Z. Thomas 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 7-17 52.
Three-point goals: P 3 (Chalmers 2, Painter); Hoke 0
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