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Boys Win, Girls Lose to Scots
January 11, 2012Pinecrest High School
By Charlie Bergmann
Adam Cummings scored his team’s final 11 points of the game, helping Pinecrest defeat Scotland County 56-43 in Laurinburg Tuesday evening.
Sophomore Brendan Ortiz led the Patriots with 14 points as they improved to 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference and 6-10 overall. Cummings and Traivon Williams finished with 13 apiece and Justin Ray added 11. Williams also grabbed a dozen rebounds.
The Patriot girls were defeated 39-34 by the Scots in the opener, falling to 0-2 in the league and 7-8 overall.
In a defensive struggle devoid of runs, the Patriots never trailed, but the Scots stayed within five points until Ray was fouled midway through the third period and made a pair for a 33-26 lead. It was 39-36 early in the fourth when the Pats finally took command.
A 9-0 run began with another drive for two by Ray. Ortiz sank a runner before making a jumper from the side off a pass from Cummings. Cummings then brought the ball up court after a Scot miss and popped a three, making it 48-36 with 3:38 remaining in the contest.
The Scots closed it to 48-41, but doing most of the ball-handling with the Scots in a desperation mode, Cummings twice broke the pressure for layups and then finished up by going 4-for-4 from the line.
The Patriot girls were unable to match the intensity of the Scots in a first half that ended with the home team on top 28-17. Freshman Jasmine Chalmers sparked a third quarter rally that got the Pats back in the game.
Late in the period she turned a steal into a Felicia Painter jumper for two that cut the deficit to 30-29. But, after three Patriot turnovers in a row, the Scots got some breathing room on a three point play by Ariel Ratliff. The Pats were ice-cold after that, going 2-for 12 from the field in the quarter.
Chalmers finished with 11 points, three steals and three assists. Ratliff led the Scots, now 2-0 in the league with 10 points. Both Patriot squads entertain Purnell Swett in another league game on Friday, beginning with the girls’ contest at 6 p.m.