Lady Pam Pack Smothers Greene Central

Published 11:38 pm Friday, January 25, 2019

SNOW HILL — Daria Jones led a balanced Washington effort that saw nine different players score, as the Pam Pack forced a turnover nearly every other time on the defensive end of the floor for a dominant 59-27 win away at Greene Central Friday night.

“I wanted them to play with full-game aggression,” Washington head coach Ralph Biggs said. “I wanted them to attack the ball, rebound hard and make good passes.”

Guards Kizoria Redmond and Kiaria Boomer worked in tandem to help build a 24-8 lead midway through the second quarter, while Gabrielle Smith, Tyanna Hopkins, Briasia Somerville, Dayna Blount and Jones all played key roles in grabbing loose balls, forcing turnovers and finding the open girl down court to run up the score. Their efforts paced the Pam Pack (8-7, 4-3 2A Eastern Carolina Conference) to a 39-11 lead at the half and eventually saw themselves up 57-16, triggering a running clock with 2:14 to play in the third.

“I think Dayna Blount did really well with shooting the ball when she was open, and then Briasia Somerville played well (and) the guards played well up top,” Biggs said.

After trying to force its post play all game, Greene Central (0-18, 0-8 2A ECC) finally strung together some offensive chemistry in the final quarter to cut the deficit down to 32. With 3:15 to play in the third quarter, Biggs called off the team full-court press and dropped back in a 2-3 defense. Greene Central worked the ball around the key and finally penetrated the gaps into the post for some bank shot buckets, as well as a few kicked out 3-pointers.

With 5:37 to play in the game, Biggs replaced all his varsity players with his JV players and saw the turnover battle continue. His replacements continued fighting to the ground for loose balls and went for blocked shots despite being outsized. Washington continued to take its time and execute plays to run down the clock even more. It continued to see its wing rotation, post to foul line and back-door cut lead to points or free throw attempts. With the game out of reach, Biggs said he just wanted to focus on fundamentals and playing a full game.

“I wanted them to come in and play as if it was a fresh game with no thoughts and work on the things we want to work on because all teams improve,” Biggs said. “We don’t want to be the ones that come in here not ready to play.”

Washington is over .500 for the first time this season and will look to continue its hot streak against North Lenoir Wednesday.