ROUNDUP: Victorious night for Southside but not for Washington

Published 8:10 pm Thursday, December 13, 2018

Lady Seahawks dominant in first win of the year

CHOCOWINITY — The Southside girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season in dominant fashion at home Wednesday night, defeating Columbia, 63-17.

Led by Shantel Cannon, who had a game-high 20 points and four steals, Southside built a 15-7 after a quarter of play. The Seahawks didn’t let up, pressing Columbia into submission by coming up with many steals, which were converted into easy layups. Southside pushed its lead to 33-11 at halftime and steadily increased the point differential until the final buzzer.

Freshman guard Jasmine Blango supported Cannon with 14 points, while Laquisha Woolard chipped in with seven, Sarah Petty scored six points, Taje Speller and Delaney Ayers both had five points, Tyaunna Trye scored four and Chelsy Hemby contributed two.

The victory was Southside’s first of the year after opening with losses to Croatan and Tarboro. The Seahawks will look for win No. 2 tonight when they host Bear Grass.


Washington lets lead slip away in loss

AYDEN — Holding an 11-point lead at halftime, the Washington boys basketball team looked to be on its way to picking up a conference win Wednesday night, but a second-half collapse saw the Pam Pack fall to Ayden-Grifton, 63-59, on the road.

In contrast to its starts so far this season, Washington came out strong, building a 16-9 lead through the first quarter, before pushing it to 38-27 after a half of play. But the Chargers exploded for 27 points in the third to take a 54-51 lead heading into the final period.

The game turned into a defensive struggle, as neither team could crack double-digits in point in the final eight minutes. While holding Ayden-Grifton to just nine points, the Pam Pack could only muster eight points in the final stanza, handing Washington its second conference loss in as many games.

Uriah Lawrence was one of two Pam Pack players in double-digits, scoring 13 points, while Jordi Barnes had 11. Justin Powell and Jeremee Bryant both scored nine points, Omarion Blount contributed with eight, Kash Godley scored five, and Jamauri Bryant and Terry Moore each had two points.

Washington will look to rebound tonight when it heads to North Lenoir to take on the Hawks.


Lady Pam Pack can’t pull off comeback in loss to Chargers

AYDEN — Looking to string together consecutive victories for the first time this season, the Washington girls basketball team lost at Ayden-Grifton, 46-39, after not being able to recover from an early deficit on Wednesday.

The Pam Pack came out of the gates slowly, scoring only seven points through the opening eight minutes and trailed 13-7 after a quarter of play. Washington played the Chargers rather evenly the rest of the way, but the damage was done as the Pam Pack went on to lose by seven.

Daria Jones led Washington with 11 points, including six in the final quarter when the Pam Pack desperately tried to claw its way back into the game. Reagan Ruther chipped in with nine points, Cyntavea Blackledge contributed with six, Destiny Cobb and Tyanna Hopkins both scored four points, Kizoria Redmond had three and Marchina Warren got in the scorebook with two points.

The Lady Pam Pack returns to the court tonight with a game at North Lenoir.