Pack splits with SeahawksPublished 7:10pm Saturday, December 8, 2012
The last time the Washington boys’ basketball team faced off with Southside it had to hold its breathe as time ran out on the Seahawks’ late rally.
On Friday, there was considerably less dramatics as the Pam Pack took ahold of the game early and never lost its grip, winning 57-42.
The victory served as a much-needed confidence booster for Washington as it came on the heels of a tough loss at the hands of North Pitt.
“It’s good to get back on the winning track. We got beat bad by North Pitt last week,” Washington coach Steve Flowers said. “We put in a new press (Thursday) and that kind of got us going. We played with more intensity and got some turnovers.”
The Pam Pack (3-1, Coastal Conference) applied its new press early and it hampered the perimeter-orientated Seahawks (3-3, Four Rivers) as it took a commanding 17-8 lead after the first eight minutes.
“We had our offense set and we were ready to go … but we just couldn’t hit anything from outside,” Southside coach Sean White said. “The first half we were 0-12 from the three-point line and in the second half we weren’t much better.”
The Pam Pack got a balanced effort offensively and was led by Stevie Green’s 18 points.
“Stephon Moore had a double-double. He scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. That’s a pretty good night,” Flowers said. “Stevie Green finished with 18 and D.J. Bell had 12.”
Southside was led by Isaiah Moore’s 13 points, while starting guards Rokeem Miller and Kyle White where held to eight and seven points, respectively.
“We just have to get better,” White said. “There’s no way you can go 1-for from the three-point line and expect to stay in a ball game.”
Washington held a 26-16 lead at halftime and went into the fourth quarter up 46-26.
The Pam Pack offense got a boost from sophomore point guard John Whitley who did a nice job conducting the offense and creating plays for his teammates.
“I really like that kid, he’s so calm and cool,” Flowers said. “When they see him they think, ‘Oh, he’s a little guy, we’ll pressure him.’ But, if you foul him he will go to the free throw line. He’s just so composed.”
Southside 46, Washington 41
A tremendous second-half effort by Southside enabled it to avenge its loss last week to Washington as it pulled out a 46-41 victory on Friday night.
The Seahawks (3-3, Four Rivers) fell by 21 points to the Pam Pack a week ago, but on Friday they overcame a 22-16 halftime deficit by outscoring Washington 30-19 in the final two quarters.
Southside trailed all the way up until the fourth quarter where it finally got the go-ahead basket to take the lead and never let go of it.
“It was just two teams battling hard the whole entire night,” Southside coach Bill Lake said. “The game was close all the way through. We would get caught up but never seemed to get the bucket to go ahead until the fourth quarter. Once we got it, then it took the pressure off a lot of the girls. They relaxed and played harder.”
Southside was led by guard Rosiland Clark, who scored 10 points, as well as its dynamic frontcourt combo of DeAndria Purdue and Kyajia Mourning, who tallied 10 points each.
The Pam Pack had a chance to catch up to the Seahawks with a minute left in the game but could not convert some critical free throws.
Overall, it was a tough shooting night for Washington, who dropped to 1-3 on the year with the loss.
“The difference tonight was that we shot 16-43 from the floor and were 6-21 from the free throw line. We just didn’t put the ball in the hole tonight,” Washington coach Allison Jones said. “To give Southside credit they made adjustments to our halfcourt press and we had to call it off. But, I felt like our girls stepped up defensively, especially the last couple of minutes when we were behind.”
The Pam Pack was led by Sheema Blount, who led all scorers with 15 points. Lacie Anglim added eight, while Alana Jefferson scored seven.
Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday as the Pam Pack will play at Riverside and the Seahawks will host Mattamuskeet.
Southside 10 6 10 20 — 46
Washington 12 10 6 13 — 41
Dudley 9, Tisdale 2, Standbridge 2, Rosiland Clark 10, Kyajia Mourning 10, DeAndria Purdue 10.
Pam Pack (41)
Sheema Blount 15, Jefferson 7, Anglim 8, Sha. Midgette 5, Smith 5. Sho. Midgette 1.
Southside 8 8 10 16 — 42
Washington 17 9 20 11 — 57
Isaiah Moore 13, R Miller 8, White 7, Andrew Jones 6, D Miller 5, Justin Whichard 3
W – Green 18, Bell 12, S Moore 10, Burke 7, Copeland 6, Tate 2, Austin 1, Whitley 1
Pam Pack (57)
Stephon Moore 10, D.J. Bell 12, Stevie Green 18, Burke 7, Austin 1, Whitley 2, Copeland 5, Tate 2.