Raiders boys on a roll

Published 8:52 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2023

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PCA Athletics

On Tuesday Pungo traveled to Arendell Parrott Academy to take on the Patriots. In the girls game, PCA was able to come away with a 32 – 21 victory. Ginny Grace Pugh led all scorers with 11 points while Allison Sawyer grabbed 11 boards in the win.

The boys rallied from a nine point second half deficit to outscore the Patriots 16 – 2 over the final eight minutes to win, 57-48, for their eighth consecutive victory and second over a 3A opponent. Maddox Lee paced the Raiders with 16 points while Quay Artis and Drew Van Staalduinen added 15 and 12. Austin Garrish grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds.

Thursday the Lady Raiders outscored the Epiphany School of New Bern, 17-4 in the second quarter on the way to a 51-34 victory. Sawyer had another dominant performance, scoring 25 points and grabbing 22 rebounds in the win. Pugh added 14 points and six steals.

The PCA boys raced out to a 53 – 25 lead at the half on the way to an 87 – 45 victory. Lee led all scorers with 20 points, all in the first half. Van Staalduinen scored 17 and pulled down eight boards while Artis added 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Garrish led PCA on the boards with 10.

Saturday the Raiders traveled to Ridgecroft School to take on Brunswick Academy of Virginia in the third annual Doug Cobbs invitational. The Lady Raiders struggled to get anything going, shooting just 23% from the floor and 1-10 from the free throw line which led to a 44 – 27 defeat. Pugh was the high scorer for the Raiders with 10 points while Sawyer grabbed 13 rebounds.

The boys started the game on a 13 – 1 run before the Vikings roared back in the third quarter to cut the Raider lead to just one going in to the final period. PCA would outscore the Vikings 12 – 6 in the final period to win their 10th straight, 49 – 42. Lee led all scorers with 24 points, with 10 coming in the final period. Sophomore Michael Cripe had his best game with nine points, while Garrish grabbed a career high 17 rebounds.

After the game, senior Brandon Tooley was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, one of seven $1,000 scholarships that were awarded over the weekend.