Raiders take two of three

Published 7:04 pm Tuesday, December 19, 2023

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PCA Athletics

PCA traveled to Rocky Mount Academy in non-conference action to start last week.

It was a forgettable outing for the girls as they fell 66 – 19. The Lady Raiders shot just 21% from the floor and turned the ball over 36 times. Allison Sawyer finished with an 11 point-13 rebound double-double.

In the boys game PCA was without leading rebounder Austin Garrish due to sickness. That forced Bo Spencer to move to the power forward spot and Michael Cripe to start just his second game of the season. Despite Garrish’s absence, the Raiders were able to hold their own with the Eagles. PCA had the ball with under a minute to play in regulation in a tied ball game, but Quay Artis’s winning three point attempt was too strong and the Raiders went to overtime. In OT, the Eagles sank a go-ahead layup with six seconds left. Maddox Lee’s 3 point was just short and the Raiders lost 52 – 50. Lee led all scorers with 20 points and six boards. Drew Van Staalduinen added 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Artis scored 11.

On Friday Pungo hosted the Cape Hatteras Hurricanes. The girls bounced back with a 48 – 30 much-needed victory. The Lady Raiders dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Hurricanes 50-28. Ginny Pugh led the way with 18 points, 12 boards and six steals while Sawyer added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

In the boys game, Garrish returned to the lineup, but the Raiders were without leading scorer Maddox Lee due to sickness. The Hurricanes held a nine-point lead midway through the second quarter. PCA turned up the pressure and forced 31 Hatteras turnovers leading to 23 points. The Hurricanes frustration showed down the stretch as the team was called for four different technical fouls in the game. Pungo was able to outscore Hatteras 13 – 9 in the final period to squeak out a 63 – 55 victory. Van Staalduinen led the Raiders with 18 points and six boards. Artis scored 17 and grabbed nine steals. Cripe got in to double figures for the first time in his career, scoring 10 points in the win.

On Monday the Raiders hosted Northeast Academy of Advanced Aerospace and Technology. PCA jumped out to a 38 – 2 halftime advantage and never looked back, rolling to a 53 – 8 victory. Sawyer paced the Lady Raiders with 16 points. Alden Taylor added 12. Pugh was all over the stat sheet again with nine points, eight boards, eight steals and six assists.

In the boys game, PCA scored 68 points through three quarters to roll to a 73 – 28 victory. Van Staalduinen and Artis each had 20 points in the victory. Lee scored 15 in his return while Bo Spencer scored 10.

The boys are off until January while the girls play Terra Ceia Tuesday. The boys go into the break 12 – 2 while the girls are 7 – 6.