Pinewood trio too much for Northwood
Two-time defending champion Pinewood Prep used a three-pronged attack to knock off Northwood Academy’s solo attack, 65-56, to take the early advantage in SCISA Region 3-AAA in basketball action last Friday.
Senior forward Brianna Boyd scored 19 points and senior forward Jenifer Rhodes scored 13, while senior point guard Raygon Hendrix scored 15 points to lead the Lady Panthers to their 12th win in 15 games.
The trio offset another high-scoring outing from Northwood Academy junior sensation Amber Campbell, who scored 36 points for the 15-2 Chargers. Campbell came into the game averaging 31 points per game.
“We felt like coming in that they didn’t have an answer for our two inside players. We knew that if we got them going, we would be in good shape,” said Pinewood Prep coach Nancy Beatty. “We knew Amber would find a way to get her points. She got out on the break several times and hit some layups.
“We did a good job of limiting their other players and we were pretty efficient on offense of executing what we needed to do.”
Northwood trailed 25-24 in the second quarter but Pinewood ended the quarter on a 7-2 run to take a 32-26 lead at the break.
Pinewood opened its largest lead at 39-28 early in the third before Campbell and forward Antoinette Davis cut the deficit back to five.
But Northwood never regained the lead, closing to within 58-56 in the final quarter before Pinewood ended the game on a 7-0 run.
“We’ll likely play Northwood two more times this year but this was certainly a huge win for us,” said Beatty. “It’s always good to win on the road and we knew how important this game was for both teams.”
The teams will meet again on Feb. 8 at Pinewood Prep.