Washington soars over the Falcons, Terra Ceia splits with Grammercy
Pack Boys stay perfect
By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
Jarees Griffin put an exclamation point on Washington’s 76-58 victory over South Central with a thunderous slam dunk.
Griffin, who started in place of the injured Rodney Cogdell, poured in 21 points to go with 14 rebounds. Daquan Daniels led all scorers with 24 points, while Cor-J Cox added 14 points and 12 caroms.
The win improved Washington’s record to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in Coastal Conference action.
James Carlton paced South Central (5-3, 1-1) with 13 points. Mike Haywood added 10.
Trailing 8-4 early, a 3-pointer by Daniels pumped some life into the Pack. Cox scored on a layup off a nifty feed from Dakuan Spencer to give Washington a 9-8 lead. The Pack wouldn’t trail again as it turned up the defensive intensity.
Two more baskets from Daniels, coming off assists from Cox and Jamaal Rouse, capped a 9-0 spurt that saw Washington increase its lead to 13-8.
The Pack really picked it up in the second quarter, outscoring the Falcons 27-9 to grab a 40-18 halftime lead. Daniels, Cox and Griffin all scored six points in the quarter.
Spencer netted all five of his points in one stretch, hitting a jumper and a trifecta to give the Pack a 35-16 cushion. An acrobatic scoop shot in the lane by Cox made it 39-18 before Washington added another free throw just before the horn.
Lawrence said switching defenses between quarters was key.
Daniels continued to hit from the outside and Griffin made easy buckets inside during the third quarter, which ended with Washington up 59-37.
South Central wasn’t able to dent its deficit in the fourth, while Lawrence was able to clear his bench and get everybody into the game during the fourth quarter.
Cox, who had a handful of driving scoops for buckets, said the Pack needs to come out with the same mentality each game.
Falcons fly in girls game
Emily Perkins put together an outstanding floor game to lead South Central past Washington 71-38. Perkins tallied 15 points to go with 10 assists.
The Falcons (8-0, 2-0), who got a game-high 16 points from Danielle Butts, jumped out to a 12-0 lead and led 16-2 after the first quarter.
Sam Smith did everything she could to keep Washington (3-5, 0-2) close in the first half, scoring all 11 of her team-high points in the first two quarters.
A relentless press and easy transition buckets helped the Falcons increase their lead to 53-31 after three quarters before they coasted to the 33-point victory.
Kelsey McCorkle added 11 points for South Central.
Hayley Stowe and Harmony Simpkins had seven apiece for Washington.
The Pack returns to action Tuesday at West Craven.
South Central 9 9 19 21 — 58
Washington 13 27 19 17 — 76
SOUTH CENTRAL (58)
James Carlton 13, Mike Haywood 10, Nobles 9, Spears 8, Burrus 7, Ross 3, Hall 3, Garrison 2, Smith 2, Clark 1, Summers, Cobo, Horne, Harper.
Daquan Daniels 24, Jarees Griffin 21, Cor-J Cox 14, Rouse 8, Spencer 5, L. Godley 4, M. Godley, Modlin, Mallison, Moore.
South Central 16 19 18 18 — 71
Washington 2 17 12 6 — 38
SOUTH CENTRAL (71)
Danielle Butts 16, Emily Perkins 15, Kelsey McCorkle 11, Bryant 8, Ebron 8, Tyson 4, Johnson 4, Mills 3, Clark 2, Churchill, Edwards, Harris.
Sam Smith 11, Simpkins 7, Stowe 7, Burbage 4, Grice 3, Cox 3, Batchelor 2, Weatherington 1, Palmer, Tackett, Rogers, Alligood.
Terra Ceia boys win in a romp, girls’ effort falls short
By BRIAN HAINES, Sports Writer
TERRA CEIA — The Knights came out running and gunning against Grammercy from the opening tipoff and never looked back as Terra Ceia routed the Warriors 74-58 on Friday night.
Mychal Parker put on a show as he went off for 34 points, scoring on an array of dunks and three pointers to lead all scorers.
Bradley Van Staalduinen also had a huge game as he poured in 19 points, with most of them coming in the paint to improve the Knights’ record to 8-5 (2-0).
The Knights fast break was on point from first to fourth quarter Friday night, and after the game Terra Ceia coach Roger Klaassen said tempo played a key part in his team’s win.
The Knights looked like a track team in transition as they fled up court on all defensive rebounds, while doing a nice job as a team of pushing the ball up court.
Parker got off to a fast start as he had two dunks and three pointer to give the Knights an 18-13 lead after eight minutes.
The Warriors fought hard with a balanced attack as they featured four players in double figures. Christian Beye led Grammercy with 15 points, while Andy Worthington added 13, but the duo was no match for Terra Ceia’s Parker and Van Staalduinen.
The Knights went into halftime up 37-23, but put the game out of reach in the third. Parker nailed back to back three pointers from the left side of the court to allow the Knights to take a 56-36 lead.
Warriors 55, Knights 42
A big first quarter by Ashley Pulido was just enough to distance the Warriors from the Knights, as Grammercy topped Terra Ceia 55-42 on Friday.
A Jordan Cantrell jumper gave Terra Ceia an early 8-6 lead with four minutes left to go in the fourth quarter, but behind Pulido and Katie Beyer the Warriors closed out the quarter on a 12-6 run.
Pulido scored nine straight points during that run to finish with a team-high 17 points, while Cantrell led all scorers with 26.
Facing a well disciplined offensive team, the Knights added a wrinkle to their defense by putting Cantrell at the bottom of its 1-2-2 zone. The moved had mixed success as Terra Ceia’s zone struggled early, but was more effective as the game went on.
Cantrell said the biggest difference in the game was the Warriors ability to execute.
While the defense improved throughout the game, the Knights never got into a rhythm on offense. After Cantrell’s 26, Lauren Ashley was the team’s second highest scorer with five.
Grammercy played well on both ends of the court, and did a better job rebounding as a team.
Terra Ceia (6-8) will look to rebound on Monday when it hosts Lawrence.
Both the Terra Ceia boys and girls JV teams earned wins on Friday as the boys topped Grammercy 32-13 and the girls won 30-24.
Alex Bowen led the boys squad (3-4) with eight points, while Rachel Cantrell had 19 for the girls team.
Grammercy 13 10 14 21 — 58
Terra Ceia 18 19 25 12 — 74
Andy Worthington 13, Christian Beye 15, Hearne 7, Isaac Taylor 11, Nate Sanders 10, Piners 2.
Terra Ceia (74)
Mychal Parker 34, Bradley Van Staalduinen 19, Van Dorp 5, Davenport 3, Snow 9, Boerema 2, Hubers 2.
Grammercy 18 10 11 16 — 55
Terra Ceia 12 8 11 11 — 42
Katie Beyer 14, Koran 3, Ashley Pulido 17, Rachel Lyons 14, Teague 7.
Terra Ceia (42)
Jordan Cantrell 26, Ashley 5, Floyd 4, McDonald 3, Vanderweit 2, Smith 2.