FPCA girls fall to Pinewood
The undefeated 5-0 Lady Patriots came into St. James roughly 12 deep on the bench and attacked the Lady Highlander varsity squad of six. By halftime the visiting team amassed a 30-11 lead. But the Lady Highlanders were not about to give up and rallied, making it a 2-point game with less than three minutes left in the third quarter (31-33).
"I have to give them credit," Pinewood coach Eddie Durrence said. "They played hard. We live and die by the press and I thought we did a good job in the first half with the press. We chose to play half court defense in the second half and that was probably a mistake."
Readjusting in the fourth quarter the Lady Patriots were quick to regain an 11 point lead and the win.
"We had six people and they were going at it," Highlander coach Rosby Frasier said. "They gave me 110 percent tonight and I can’t ask for anything more than that. They picked up the defense. They made the layups. And that is all I can ask for."Frasier said her squad has already surprised several opponents and she still expects her squad to be a contender in the region.
"We will condition a little bit more and then we’ll play a little bit harder," she said.
Both Highlander squads are on turkey break and head to Perry on Dec. 5, to face Westfield. The girls play at 3 p.m. with the boys’ game immediately following.
Aaliyah Wilson 11
Tera Alston 8
Briana Reece 8
ShaQuoia Crockett 8
Brittany Brown 7
Brooke Standard 2
Maintaining an undefeated record, the First Presbyterian Christian Academy Highlanders defeated Pinewood Christian Academy 88-51 at the St. James Sports Center Tuesday evening.
The Highlanders improve to 5-0, including pre-season victories, this season after controlling the court for the better part of the first half of play.
It was the Highlanders’ 36th straight win. Their last loss was against Bethesda on Feb. 15, 2008. Since then the Highlanders completed the 2007-08 season with four wins and a state ring and last season went 26-0 for their second state title.
Jordan Johnson opened Tuesday’s game with a trey shot in the first quarter and the Highlanders took a commanding 51-11 lead by halftime. The visiting team came out of the locker room for the third quarter and made a few adjustments, sinking baskets and fighting at the boards, scoring 15 to the Highlanders six points.
But the Highlanders regrouped and banged in 19 points in the third and 18 in the fourth for the win.
FPCA leading scorers:
AJ Ansley: 23
Jordan Johnson: 17
DJ Felder: 13
Michael Farrior: 11
Shavon Stoves: 10
Michael Brown: 9
Devon Hodges: 8