Beaufort County basketball wrap-up (12/12)
There were a ton of basketball games around Beaufort County Tuesday night. Girls and boys hoops are now in full tilt, with some teams already beginning conference play. Here’s a look at what transpired.
Southside 60, Perquimans 44 (Girls)
The Lady Seahawks’ (3-2) full-court press caused the Lady Pirates tons of problems through the first three quarters of Tuesday night’s contest.
Southside’s press resulted in many first half turnovers and easy points in transition to build up a hefty 34-16 lead at halftime.
Southside freshman Ka’Nyah O’Neal picked up two steals in the first quarter, and used her speed to burst in front of the Perquimans (4-1) defense. O’Neal finished with 19 points on the evening to lead all scorers.
Jasmine Blango was a forced on the defensive end with six swipes on the evening. She also picked up three assists and scored 16 points.
Junior Captain Laquisha Woolard said that she was happy to get the win, but there’s still room for improvement.
“Coach just tells us to work together as a team and find our man on the back side of their zone,” Woolard said. “As a team we do really well defensively and offensively, but we need to communicate more and stop all the crazy fouls.”
Head coach Milton Ruffin was satisfied with the way his team broke through Perquimans’ 1-3-1 full-court pressure.
“We always practice against a full-court press, and I thought the girls did a really good job tonight of executing against it,” Ruffin said. “We emphasize our defense. If you play good defense you give yourself a really good chance to win. I thought we did a good job out there of closing out on shooters.”
Perquimans 66, Southside 49 (Boys)
The Seahawks (1-4) offense couldn’t get it together until it was too late on Tuesday night. Perquimans’ (5-0) Amarion Hunter dropped 30 points in the contest as well as six assists, and was a major factor in the Pirates’ win.
Southside scored a combine 23 points through three quarters, but put up 26 points in the fourth quarter and cut their deficit to within 10 points with two minutes left to go. However, it was too little, too late.
Zach Green led the Seahawks with nine points, Daveion McCraw tallied eight, Ty Smith picked up seven and Aeron Wright scored six. Kaleb-Jones Taylor and Peyton Thompson had three points each as well.
Both Seahawks teams traveled to Ayden-Grifton Wednesday night to play the Lady Chargers for the second time this season. They return home next Tuesday against South Creek.
Kinston 73, Washington 70 (Boys)
In a thriller of a basketball game, the Kinston Vikings’ 15-point, 65-41 lead heading into the fourth quarter was just enough to fend off a scrappy Pam Pack team.
Washington (4-1, 0-1) scored 29 fourth quarter points, and held the Vikings to just eight in the final frame. That opened the door for some dramatics, but Dontrez Styles and the Vikings’ sank some clutch free throws in the final minute to give them the edge.
Omarion Blount led the Pam Pack with 23 points, Rashod Smith picked up 18, Jamauri Bryant tallied 18 and Justin Powell had seven. Jaden Hambric and Reese Gaskins scored two apiece.
The Pam Pack will host North Lenoir this evening. Girls tip off is set for 6 p.m.
Pungo Christian Academy 46, Hobgood Academy 25 (Girls)
The Lady Raiders (8-2) continue their hot streak. They’ve now won four straight and eight of their last night games.
Riley Cutler led Pungo with 14 points in the contest, Lauren Kellie Ricks scored 10, Emma Williams tallied nine points and seven rebounds, Morgan Burroughs picked up six. Reagan Stoop (4) and Josie Hudnell (3) notched the score column as well.
The Lady Raiders travel to Epiphany in New Bern this evening.
Pungo Christian Academy 60, Hobgood Academy 49 (Boys)
Pungo’s (7-2) Miller Lee has reached the 20-point milestone for three straight contests now. He picked up 21 on Tuesday night en route to the Raiders’ seventh consecutive win after beginning the season 0-2. Lee also tallied three steals and assists with five rebounds.
Brent Benson continues to shoot well, scoring 14 on Tuesday. Ryan Bishop, Wilson Sawyer and Nate Van Staalduinen had six points each.
The Raiders travel to Epiphany today, and will host New Life Academy from Rocky Mount on Friday evening.
Ridgecroft 55, Terra Ceia 41 (Girls)
Terra Ceia 73, Ridgecroft 48 (Boys)