Basketball Roundup: Southside sweeps Bear Grass
Published 10:30 pm Tuesday, February 2, 2016
BOYS: SOUTHSIDE 86, BEAR GRASS 55
WILLIAMSTON — Pat Coffey went 5-of-7 from 3-point range and scored 29 points as Southside routed Bear Grass, 86-55. Fellow guards Tamazja Dixon and Johnny Sullivan also added 17 and nine points, respectively.
Coffey tied center Donshae Tatum for the rebounding lead. He hauled in seven boards, including three on offense to give the Seahawks second-chance opportunities.
Tatum and Coffey each had five steals.
The Seahawks owned a strong 44-30 lead going into halftime. The Bears didn’t have much of an answer for the visitors in the second half. They poured in 26 points in the final eight minutes to solidify the win.
They didn’t have an exceptional shooting performance (39 percent), but took an overwhelming 87 shots in the game.
The win is Southside’s second in a row. The Seahawks are 4-5 in 1-A Coastal Plains action. They have a non-conference meeting with Columbia on Tuesday before hoping to level their league record at Pamlico County on Friday.
GIRLS: SOUTHSIDE 46, BEAR GRASS 32
WILLIAMSTON — A strong second half and an outstanding all-around performance propelled Southside to a win over Bear Grass on Monday. After trailing 16-10 at halftime, the Lady Seahawks surged for 36 points in the second half to coast to a 46-32 win.
Symone Ruffin and Precious Gaynor led the team with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Both shot over 40 percent from the field. Gaynor also had 10 rebounds for a double-double while Ruffin added five boards and five steals.
The win helped the Lady Seahawks effectively bounce back from three straight losses. They had most recently dropped a close, 55-53, decision to Lejeune.
Southside wasn’t effective from long range. The team combined for just one made 3-pointer on 10 attempts. Inside shots were much more effective.
The girls begin the home stretch of the season. After a non-conference game with Columbia, they’re on the road for games at Pamlico County and then South Creek before wrapping up the season with back-to-back home games — including the season finale against Northside.