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Lady Panthers knock out Knights in NCC tournament

Pasquotank 26 Currituck 21

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Pasquotank's Destine Moore (with ball) shoots during the girls' basketball game against Currituck, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Currituck County High School. The game was a conference tournament quarterfinal matchup.

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By David Gough
Sports Writer

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

BARCO — After a low scoring first half in Tuesday night’s Northeastern Coastal Conference girls basketball first round game between the No. 5 seed Pasquotank Lady Panthers and No. 4 Currituck Lady Knights, Pasquotank broke out after halftime on its way to a 26-21 win.

The Lady Panthers (6-17) trailed 10-9 at halftime before scoring eight of the third quarter’s 10 total points.

Pasquotank took the lead for good on sophomore Destine Moore’s fastbreak layup to make it 12-11. She earned the fastbreak with a steal on the defensive end.

From there, the Lady Panthers were able to grab multiple steals in the third period and were able to convert them into points.

“Busy hands create turnovers sometimes,” Pasquotank coach Ray Burnham said. “All in all, I think our girls played good defense tonight.”

Currituck sophomore Tyana Peebles hit a 3-pointer to get the Lady Knights within 17-15 early in the fourth quarter, but Pasquotank was able to hold them off with consecutive baskets from senior Mikasia Jordan.

Jordan’s buckets were the beginning of a 9-1 run to open the Lady Panthers’ lead to 26-18.

“That was big. It gave us some breathing room toward the end,” Burnham said.

The guard finished with eight points, while Moore finished with four points. All 12 points between the two came in the second half.

Currituck (10-13) was able to head into halftime with a one-point lead thanks to a Peebles triple to make it 10-9 with a minute to go in the first half.

The shot erased a 4-1 deficit after the first quarter as junior ta’nia Seymore scored the Lady Knights’ first field goal 10 minutes into the game.

Pasquotank’s only points in the first quarter came from two field goals from sophomore Shawna Lewis.

Peebles hit three 3-pointers in the game to lead Currituck with nine points for the game.

“(Pasquotank) just had the momentum going for them,” Currituck coach Paul Munson said of the second half. “It’s kind of hard to get past that. It was Pasquotank’s night.”

It was the Lady Panthers’ first win in three tries against the Lady Knights this season. They will play at 4 p.m. today against No. 1 seed Bertie in Ahoskie.

First Flight 41, Northeastern 37: The No. 3 seed Lady Nighthawks avoided the No. 6 Lady Eagles’ upset bid on Tuesday in Barco to end Northeastern’s season.

The Lady Eagles (1-21), however, made First Flight (14-4) sweat from start to finish.

“We fought hard and tried to do the things that we were supposed to do,” Northeastern coach Pat Thornton said. “For that, I’m very pleased. I just wish we had a better outcome.”

Northeastern hung in with the Lady Nighthawks in the first quarter, ending it just down two points. Then, as the second quarter began, the Lady Eagles made a run.

Junior Danikqua Jackson hit a 3-pointer early in the second to begin a 10-2 run.

The Lady Eagles held a 14-8 lead in the second quarter, their largest advantage of the game, but First Flight would erase it and take a 15-14 lead into halftime.

The Lady Nighthawks, on the back of senior Jaylan Ulmer who had a game-high 12 points, went on a 14-0 run to end the first half and begin the third quarter for a 22-14 lead.

“Third quarter killed us,” Thornton said. “I thought we played well enough to win, but we made some mistakes that were critical.”

In the fourth quarter, First Flight’s lead was as high as 35-23 with five minutes to go and Northeastern made a last-ditch effort that just wasn’t enough.

The Lady Eagles got within three with 26 seconds left on freshman Anaya Harper’s first of two free throws. She missed the second, but the ball went out of bounds off the Lady Nighthawks.

With a chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer, Northeastern’s inbound pass was stolen and First Flight iced the game with free throws.

“Considering the year they’ve had, it would have been really easy when they were down by 12 in the fourth quarter to just say, ‘Oh well,’ but they didn’t,” Thornton said.

Jackson and Harper each scored seven points for the Lady Eagles. Dasia Phillips, Nakiyah Arnold and Jayla Brumson each added six points.

First Flight plays No. 2 Hertford County in Ahoskie at 5:30 p.m. today.

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