Washington boys, Panthers girls prevail as county teams clash; O’Neal comes closer to 2000 for Southside

Published 10:06 pm Friday, January 20, 2023

The Washington High School boys basketball team jumped out to an 11-1 advantage and never looked back on the way to a 105-67 victory at Northside Friday.

Junior guard Jerai Davenport led seven Pam Pack players in double figures with 22 points. Freshman Chaise Smith scored 17, sophomore Jayvon Williams had 15, junior Gary Payne and sophomore Khaliq Boston scored 11, while senior Christian Norman and sophomore Jacob Daniels added 10.

“All these kids know each other and have played with or against each other for a long time, so it’s easy to have great energy in a game like this,” Washington coach David Allewalt said. “We did a good job of setting the tempo early and didn’t let them hang around. We shot the 3 very well tonight and did a good job turning steals into baskets.”

The Pack hit 10 3-pointers to raise their record to 8-10.

Freshman Malachi Moore led Northside (5-11) with 15 points. Sophomore Max Vansant had 13 and junior T.J. Squires had 11.

The girls game went the opposite way as Northside held Washington to eight points in the second half for a 68-29 victory.

Junior Mariah Jones led the Panthers (11-3) with 24 points, while sophomore O.J. Cahoon scored 21.

Junior Triniti Burke led Washington (0-12) with 11 points.

Southside’s Ka’Nyah O’Neal is now five points away from 2,000 for her career. She scored 32 in the Seahawks (14-4, 2-1) 52-47 loss at conference foe East Carteret. Southside travels to Jones Senior Tuesday.