PE Girls Win Two Over Southampton
Published 4:07 pm Tuesday, February 12, 2013
FARMVILLE – It's been a rough season for the Prince Edward County High School girls basketball team, but the Eagles have managed to end the regular-season campaign with a strong finish.
Prince Edward defeated Southampton Academy 42-23 in its regular-season finale on Friday night, and backed it up with a 54-25 victory over the Indians on Monday night in the quarterfinal round of the Southside District Tournament.
The Eagles, the fourth seed in the tournament move on to face top seed Brunswick on Wednesday night in Lawrenceville.
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“We seem to be a lot more comfortable with one-another on the floor,” said PECHS head coach Latisha Garrett after Friday night's game. “We're a lot more relaxed now than we were a few weeks ago, and it's showing up on the scoreboard.”
In Friday's regular-season finale, the Eagles jumped out to a 19-6 lead at the half and were never really challenged.
PE outscored Southampton 12-1 in the third quarter. The Eagles got a pair of baskets from Lucia Davis, and Ashley Hamlin added six points to end the quarter.
“We got the lead and were able to maintain our intensity,” said Garrett. “Earlier in the season, we could play like that in short spurts, but couldn't keep it going with any consistency.”
Hamlin paced a very balanced scoring attack with ten points on the evening, while Lindsay LeSueur scored six. Every player on the roster scored at least two points. Southampton was led in scoring by Talisha Jenkins, who had 13 of Southampton's 23 points.
“We've played three games now where everyone has scored,” said Garrett. “It shows that we don't have much of a dropoff when we go into our bench. We can throw a number of different lineups at the opponent, and still be able to score points. It also says that we aren't playing selfish.”
Monday's Southside Tournament game against Southampton played out much like Friday's season finale.
The Eagles jumped out to a 13-1 lead at the end of the first quarter, and held a 26-5 advantage at the half.
Hamlin and Davis led the Eagles with nine points a piece, while Tamera Langhorne and Daneisha Bowles had eight points apiece.
The Eagles will face a tough task on Wednesday night at Brunswick against the Bulldogs, who are undefeated in Southside District play.
“We'll be playing before the boys play their game, so there will be a big crowd,” said Garrett. “It's a tough place to play, even for the girls teams. Their fans get there early and they get into it from the tip, all the way through to the end.”