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A Late Surge

Moore, Lady Panthers emerge late against Eagles

Pasquotank 35 Northeastern 27

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Pasquotank's Mikasia Jordan (with ball) during the girls' basketball game against Northeastern, Friday at Northeastern High School.

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By David Gough
Sports Writer

Sunday, February 17, 2019

With both squads riding lengthy losing streaks, the Northeastern and Pasquotank girls basketball teams hoped to close out the regular season with a win on Friday night.

It was the Pasquotank Lady Panthers that came out on top on the road with a 35-27 win to end a seven-game drought.

Pasquotank (5-17, 2-8 Northeastern Coastal) needed a strong fourth quarter to win and it got just that as the Lady Panthers outscored Northeastern (1-20, 0-10) 15-2 in the final eight minutes.

The Lady Panthers trailed by five in the beginning of the fourth quarter before scoring the game’s next 15 points. The only points in the quarter for the Lady Eagles came from two free throws with 10 seconds remaining and the game already in hand for Pasquotank.

Northeastern made four foul shots to account for its only points in the final 12 minutes of the game as it was unable to hit a field goal once junior Dasia Phillips made a shot to put the Lady Eagles up 23-18 with about four minutes remaining in the third period.

But the beginning of the third quarter was a different story for Northeastern as it had one of its best stretches of any game this season.

The Lady Eagles outscored Pasquotank 13-5 in the first six minutes of the quarter to erase a 14-12 halftime deficit.

Neither team had much offensive success in the opening half, but Northeastern made its first four shots of the third. That stretch included a 3-pointer from senior Ginasia Jordan to put the Lady Eagles up 21-16 just three minutes in.

Phillips led the Lady Eagles with eight points as junior Nakiyah Arnold added seven.

The difference from the first half to the opening minutes of the third quarter was how Northeastern came out on defense.

“We went man-to-man which tends to pick us up a little bit,” Northeastern coach Pat Thornton said. “We just got the ball down inside where we needed to get it and we took our time and shot.”

“(Man-to-man) threw us off a little bit,” Pasquotank coach Ray Burnham added.

Pasquotank entered the fourth trailing 25-20, but the Lady Panthers found success quickly as they scored seven unanswered in the first minute and a half to take the lead for good.

That run was highlighted by a sophomore Destine Moore triple to tie it and freshman Kyshiya Brown’s jumper to give the lead back to Pasquotank.

“We had a bit of a rally after that and the momentum changed,” Burnham said. “All we had to do then is just stall the ball and hit our free throws.”

After a basket from Shawna Lewis to make it 29-25, the rest of the Lady Panthers’ points came from the free throw line.

Moore led Pasquotank with 13 points, seven of which came in the final quarter. Senior Mikasia Jordan was close behind with nine points.

Northeastern, who lost at Pasquotank 34-23 earlier this season, couldn’t find the success it had early in the third and ended up dropping its 13th game in a row.

“I really thought we had that game and we just couldn’t score down the stretch,” Thornton said. “Disappointed, especially for those girls because they worked really, really hard.”

It was the Lady Panthers’ first win since they beat Northeastern the first time around.

“We’ll take the win,” Burnham said.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Northeastern 65, Pasquotank 35: The Northeastern boys basketball team took care of business in its home win against Pasquotank (5-18, 1-9 NCC) Friday.

The Eagles (7-14, 5-5 NCC) jumped out in front early with an 18-4 lead after the first quarter as the Panthers struggled without having senior guard Chris Hinmon for a third straight game.

According to Pasquotank coach Jaron Moore, Hinmon, the team’s leading scorer and top guard this season, fractured his right wrist in a loss to Williamston-Riverside a week and a half ago and is out for the remainder of the season.

With the injury, a relatively young Pasquotank team got even younger.

“Definitely hurt us chemistry-wise and guard-wise,” Moore said after the game.

The Panthers couldn’t get much of anything going offensively in the first quarter and could never recover after committing 10 turnovers in the first eight minutes.

Northeastern took advantage of that, earning most of its 18 points immediately after Pasquotank gave the ball away.

“It’s all about overcoming rivalry,” Northeastern coach Ronald Nixon said. “The team that everyone expects to win every now and then loses, so it was all about preparation. Their mind stayed on the game beforehand and they did a good job with preparation.”

Pasquotank was able to find more offensive success in the second quarter as it trailed 25-13 halfway through, but the Eagles were able to put the Panthers away quickly going on an 11-0 run to close the half out.

Northeastern led 36-13 at halftime with 12 points coming from senior Jahri Leigh, the team’s leading scorer. Leigh finished with 24 points for the whole game as sophomore Deandre Proctor added 10 points.

The Panthers were anchored by sophomore forward Amauri James’ 16 points.

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