Raiders, Knights earn non-conference victories

Published 4:43 pm Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Pungo Christian Academy girls and boys basketball teams swept Columbia Friday night at home.

Junior post player Reagan Stoop scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the girls to a 44-38 victory. Kailey Keech added 12 points, while Ginny Grace Pugh added five and pulled down 11 rebounds. Ashley Williford added 10 rebounds as the Lady Raiders raised their record to 3-4.

The boys overcame a six-point opening quarter for a 65-40 victory. They used a full-court press to rally in the second and outscored the Wildcats 23 -8 for a 29-14 halftime lead.

Columbia started the second half with a 10-1 run to cut the lead to six, but the Raiders responded with 35 points to set the final margin.

Devin Cadle scored a career-high 17 points to go along with seven rebounds, seven steals and six assists. Maddox Lee also scored 17 and Wilson Sawyer added 14 points and eight boards.

Things went differently for the Raiders in Thursday’s trip to Greenville to face John Paul II.

The girls had a chance to tie the game with 10 seconds left, but missed a free throw and ended up losing 43-40, when a three-pointer fell short at the buzzer.

The boys team lost 67-56 after trailing 20-8 at the end of the first quarter. They rallied for a 29-27 halftime deficit., then allowed a 20-2 Saints run to start the second half. Another rally set the final margin at 11.

Drew Van Staalduinen led PCA with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Lee had 12 points and Sawyer added 10 points and nine rebounds, as the Raiders fell to 5-4.

The Terra Ceia boys are 3-4 after a 101-83 loss to New Age Academy of Elizabeth City Friday in their final game before the holiday break. The teams will meet again at Terra Ceia to start the 2022 portion of the season.

The girls are 4-1 at the break after a pair of wins over Hobgood Academy, Cape Hatteris and Unity Christian.

Senior Carly James leads the Knights with a 20.6 scoring average, while freshman Lakin Van Essendelft adds 10.8 per contest.