Grading Out: Panthers, Lady Seahawks look to finish strong

Published 5:48 pm Monday, January 30, 2017

Even though Washington’s boys’ basketball team snapped its losing streak by earning its first 2-A Eastern Plains Conference win of the season, things have still been tumultuous for the Pam Pack. The boys and the girls were both overwhelmed by Farmville Central at home on Friday, stripping them of any traction they had heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

Meanwhile, other teams in the county gained some needed momentum at this late stage. Southside earned its first win, and the Lady Panthers made up some ground with a pair of wins last week.

Here are the standouts from this past week.



Northside rallied to beat Columbia in overtime after falling behind early on. It was Abby Mooring’s free throws that sealed the deal for the Lady Panthers in the extra period.

Mooring, who was playing through an injury, turned around and had a strong showing Friday at Bear Grass. She scored eight points — all in the second half — to help propel her side to a 48-29 win. Northside will need that momentum as it took on East Carteret on Monday and hosts Pamlico County on Wednesday.



Freshman phenom Rashod Smith was a major component in Northside’s 74-44 lambasting of Bear Grass on Friday. The rookie point guard notched a double-double with 20 points and 11 assists. He was able to strike on his own, as well as locate forward Atia Shamseldin (18 points) in the post.

That wasn’t his only double-double of the week. He also had 19 points and 10 assists in a 68-48 win over Columbia. He didn’t break double digits against Lejeune, but did dish out 11 helpers.



It was John Bryant that hit the game-winning shot in overtime to lift Southside to its first win, but Seahawks’ guard Demetrius Ebron that shredded Lejeune for 23 points.

Southside turned around and traveled to Bear Grass on Saturday. It was a losing effort for the Seahawks and Ebron, who poured in 30 points in a 58-51 loss on Saturday. Things get tougher for Southside, which moved on to face Pamlico County on Monday. Check out and pick up Wednesday’s paper for coverage from that game.



Symone Ruffin had 15 points, 10 steals and five assists to lead the charge in Saturday’s 65-32 win over Bear Grass. It marked her side’s third 1-A Coastal Plains Conference win of the season.

She performed admirably with 13 points and three steals in Friday’s clash with a talented Lejeune club, but the Lady Seahawks fell short in a 73-61 loss. Two tough tasks in Pamlico County on Monday, then Jones Senior on Wednesday, highlight this week.



Terra Ceia played thrice last week, and won all three games. The Knights earned their 20th win of the campaign in a 97-29 lambasting of Northeast Academy.

Shaiquan Moore played a big role in that. He had double-doubles in two of the three games last week. Moore exploded for 25 points, which tied Messiah Barnes for a game high, and 14 rebounds. He also had a double-double against Lawrence Academy, and scored in double figures against Albermarle.