Seahawks win rivalry game, keep playoff hopes alive

Published 8:28 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2023

It’s to say that the county rivals didn’t exchange Valentine’s Day cards before Tuesday’s game at Southside. The Seahawks’ season continues, while Northside’s is over after a 71-52 decision in the first round of the Coastal Plains Conference tournament.

The Seahawks (9-15) meet second-seeded Pamlico County Thursday at East Carteret in the semi-finals after a wire-to-wire victory against their county rivals.

“We didn’t play well at all in the first quarter and couldn’t recover,” Northside coach Jared Adams said. “We turned it over too many times, but didn’t give up. We don’t have any seniors and everybody improved over the course of the season.”

Freshman Malachi led the Panthers (6-18) with 13 points, while junior Griffin Johnson had 11.

Southside led 16-5 after one quarter and never led by less than 14 points. Senior Manvonte (Bosh) Deloach led three players in double figures with 21 points. Sophomore Josh Armstrong had 17 and junior Tequan (Tater) Moore added 14.

“this was a great bounce back win for us after two losses (to Jones and Lejeune last week,” Seahawks coach Davelle Whitney said. “We are happy to still be playing and every win puts us closer to getting into the playoffs.”

The Seahawks won all three meetings against Northside this season.