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Lady Panthers outlast Lady Falcons

Pasquotank 48 Bertie 44

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Pasquotank's Kennedy Griffin (with ball) scored nine points in the Lady Panthers 48-44 win over Bertie, Friday.

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By Craig Moyer
Sports Writer

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Pasquotank girls basketball team held off a late comeback from Bertie to come away with a 48-44 victory in a Northeastern Coastal Conference contest at home Friday night.

The Lady Panthers led the entire game and held an eight-point lead with just under six minutes left to play, but the Lady Falcons fought hard to cut into the deficit late.

A three-point basket from Bertie cut the lead to 45-44 with 23 seconds left to play.

After drawing a foul, Pasquotank’s Mikasia Jordan stepped to the line for two free throws.

The junior drained both, giving the Panthers a three-point lead and then the Panthers’ defense forced Bertie into a turnover on the ensuing possession to seal the win.

Jordan finished the game with a team-high 19 points for the Lady Panthers, including the two clutch free throws.

“It really built my confidence to be able to help my team out,” Jordan said.

Jordan also noted that her team expected a challenge against a Bertie team who defeated them by nearly 30 points last season.

Amaya Simpson added 13 points  and nine rebounds for Pasquotank, while Kennedy Griffin finished the game with nine points.

D’Zyah Brazzle led the Lady Panthers with 13 rebounds in the conference win.

Pasquotank (9-2, 1-1 NCC) jumped out to an 8-3 lead early in the game and led 15-9 after the opening quarter.

The Lady Falcons cut the lead in half in the second quarter, as Pasquotank took a 20-17 lead into the half.

In the third, Pasquotank extended their lead back to six points, taking a 31-25 lead into the final quarter.

Despite a furious run from Bertie in the closing minutes, Pasquotank held on to win their first conference game of the season.

Pasquotank head coach Ray Burnham said he made sure the ball was in Jordan’s hands in the closing seconds as she is the team’s most reliable free throw shooter.

“If you look at the free throws she missed, she came in clutch with the ones she made, those were the ones we needed,” Burnham said.

The head coach also noted was pleased with his team’s quick start coming off an extended break.

The Lady Panthers return to action Friday, as they play Northeastern at the Vaughan Center on the campus of Elizabeth City State at 6:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball

Bertie 80, Pasquotank 38: Bertie used a strong shooting performance on the offensive and defensive ends to take a commanding 80-38 win over Pasquotank on the road in the NCC contest Friday.

The Falcons jumped out to a 20-10 lead after the first quarter and put the game out of reach with a dominant second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Falcons outscored Pasquotank 28-10 to take a 48-20 lead into the locker room.

Pasquotank (1-9, 1-1 NCC) was unable to cut into the lead in the third, as the Falcons extended their lead to 73-31 heading into the final quarter of play.

Pasquotank head coach Michael Barlow said his team had a hard time dealing with the fast-paced game that Bertie forced them into playing.

“We have been off since December 21, so it makes it difficult to come back and play somebody that is athletic as they are,” Barlow said.

The head coach also noted his team’s struggles from the free-throw line as a key factor in the loss.

The Panthers play Deep Creek (Va.) in the Border Clash Invitational Monday at 6 p.m.

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