Palmetto Christian falls to Pinewood

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2013

PCA forward Ben German steps to the line. German scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds Tuesday. PHOTO BY FRANKIE MANSFIELD

The Palmetto Christian Academy Eagles suffered a 75-43 loss to the Pinewood Prep Panthers Tuesday in Summerville.

Palmetto Christian (1-1) came out hot, moving the ball down the court in transition and getting good penetration in the half-court to outscore Pinewood 23-19. But Pinewood adjust by the second quarter to seal off the post penetration and disrupt Palmetto Christian’s offensive rhythm.

Pinewood limited Palmetto Christian to just three points in the second quarter to build a 42-26 lead by halftime. The Eagles scored just 20 points through the final three quarters while the Panthers ran away with the game.

“You have to credit their defense,” Palmetto Christian head coach Brian Stanley said. “They kind of got it going and did a good job of holding us to one opportunity every time. Some of the opportunities we were getting in the first quarter weren’t there and I think we kind of ran out of gas late.”

The Eagles are still searching for an answer to replace the offensive production lost from Joe Siegwald who’s nursing a knee injury. J.T. Waters turned in 12 points, five assist and three rebounds in his first action of the season. Ben German added eight points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Mitch Hogan scored seven, added seven rebounds and three steals.

“It’s going to have to be a collective effort from everybody,” Stanley said. “Joe had the potential to be our leading scorer so you can’t expect one guy to make up for that. There’s an opportunity for some of our younger guys to step up right now. We’re not making any excuses. We’re going to control the controllable and look for our guys to step up to the challenge.”

Wednesday’s road trip to Bishop England forces the Eagles to have a short memory. Several of the players on both teams have grown up together, playing on the same teams and Stanley says his players are looking forward to competing against the Bishops.

“We’re always preaching to look toward that next play,” he said. “This game has no bearing on tomorrow night’s game. Bishop England is a well-coached, hard-nosed team and you know what you’re going to get with them. We have a mature group of guys who’ve been part of big games and different things like that who I know will learn from this game and be ready to give it their all against Bishop England.”

PCA girls fall

Pinewood escaped the Palmetto Christian Lady Eagles with a narrow 45-42 win Tuesday.

Corey Caulder led the Eagles with 12 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists. Annie Pascutti turned in 12 points and three rebounds; Lizzie Wilson added eight points and six rebounds, and Erica Connely grabbed seven rebounds.

Palmetto Christian (1-1) will face Bishop England (2-0) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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