PCA update: Lee joins 1,000 point club

Published 1:13 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2023

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The Pungo Christian Academy basketball teams split a pair of games last week.

Thursday, Pungo traveled to Halifax Academy in a NCISAA 1A showdown. The Lady Raiders found themselves up 18 going in to the fourth quarter before the Vikings rallied to cut the lead to single digits. PCA was able to pull through and pick up the win 45 – 32. Ginny Pugh led the Raiders with 14 points. Allison Sawyer added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

In the boys game the Raiders got up by as many as 39 before Halifax made a small run in the fourth quarter to set the final 67 – 41 in favor of the Raiders. Maddox Lee paced PCA with 15 points. Drew Van Staalduinen had his first double-double of the year with 13 points and 11 boards. Austin Garrish added 13 points and eight boards.

On Friday PCA hosted TEACH Homeschool in Belhaven. In the girls game, PCA was down by as many as 16 in the first half before rallying in the third quarter to take a one point lead going in to the final eight minutes. The undefeated Trailblazers saved their best quarter for last as they outscored PCA 23 – 15 to take home a 58 – 51 victory. The Lady Raiders struggled from the floor, shooting just 30% in the game. PCA outrebounded the Trailblazers 61 – 30 but turned the ball over 24 times. Allison Sawyer had a career night, scoring 21 points and grabbing a school record 25 rebounds. Julia Rouse added 15 point and eight boards.

In the boys game, PCA jumped out to a 37 – 13 lead at the half and never looked back, rolling to a 77 – 33 victory over TEACH. Maddox Lee scored his 1,000th career point midway through the third quarter, becoming the ninth boys player in school history to reach 1,000 and the first since Cole Austin Woolard did it in 2014. Lee led all scorers with 26 points. Quay Artis scored 21 while dishing out seven assists and snagging eight steals. Van Staalduinen had another double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.

PCA hosts Epiphany School of New Bern Thursday before traveling to Ridgecroft School to take on the Brunswick Academy Vikings in the third annual Doug Cobbs Scholarship Showcase Saturday.