Pack girls push past PatsPublished 8:58pm Friday, February 15, 2013
The Pam Pack finished up the regular season on the best note possible as it ran past Coastal Conference rival West Carteret 49-29 on Friday to snap a five-game losing streak.
The Pam Pack (4-10 Coastal Conference) exploded past the Patriots in the third quarter thanks to a dominating effort on both ends of the court that allowed Washington to open up the quarter on a 17-0 run.
“At halftime we talked about how we needed to come out strong in the first few minutes of the quarter and dictate the game,” Washington coach Allison Jones said. “The girls came out really aggressive on offense and defense.”
On a night where the Pack celebrated seniors Lacie Anglim and Erica Alligood, it was junior guard Sheema Blount that did most of the damage as she nailed back-to-back three-pointers during that pivotal third-quarter run, with the last one putting the Pack up 25-12.
Jones credited the team’s defensive play for getting the ball rolling in the second half.
“A lot of our offense in the third quarter came from our defensive possessions where we were able to get some steals and stops,” Jones said.
The Pam Pack benefited from a bevvy of contributors as a total of nine players scored on Friday. Eva Mackey led all scorers with 13, while Blount added 11 and Shalya Midgette tallied eight.
Aside from a balanced scoring attack, Jones liked her team’s work in the paint.
“I thought our posts battled well,” Jones said. “Shaneen Midgette, Kiara Smith, Abby Walker and Shona Midgette were all really tough on the boards.”
Jayde Grant and Colleen Taylor led West Carteret (3-10) with seven points each.
After the game Washington honored Anglim and Alligood, who have both battled knee injuries this season, for their dedication to Pam Pack hoops.
“It was nice to recognize both of them because they have been in the program for four years,” Jones said. “They’ve contributed a lot. They’re both great kids, very coachable. They’ve come in here and have worked hard every day and they’re leaders in the classroom and other clubs around the school.”
West Carteret 3 9 7 15 — 29
Washington 8 11 19 11 — 49
Grant 7, Carter 5, Erikson 4, Taylor 7, Johnson, 3, Swindell 2.
Pam Pack (49)
Alligood 4, Jefferson 4, Shayla Midgette 8, Shona Midgette 3, Smith 7, Eva Mackey 13, Sheema Blount 11, Shaneen Midgette 2.