Lady Bishops take fifth at Carolina Invitational; PCA sixth
The Bishop England Lady Bishops closed out the 3rd annual Carolina Invitational holiday tournament Monday with a 75-58 win over Greenbrier (Ga.) to finish fifth in the Palmetto Division.
Competing in one of the tournament's tougher divisions, Bishop England finished 2-1 overall. After a 62-49 opening-round loss to Mount Tabor (N.C.) Friday, the Lady Bishops rebounded with a 56-30 win over West Mecklenburg (N.C.), and Monday's win over Greenbrier.
“These three are the toughest three opponents we've faced all year and what I like is that our girls had to learn on the run the past few days,” Bishop England head coach Paul Runey said. “We played hard and that's the key. When I look back on it showed me that, tweaking some things, we can be right there where we need to be.”
Bishop England never trailed against Greenbrier, opening the game on an 11-1 run and building a 40-20 lead by halftime. Mary Harriet Moore and Michele Boykin combined for 24 first-half points.
Greenbrier trimmed the Bishops' lead down to 12 by the end of the third quarter. But a 7-0 run late in the fourth sealed the win for Bishop England. Moore finished with 21 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks, while Boykin added 17 points and five assists. Jennifer McMahan led Greenbrier with 16 points, Morgan Taylor added 14.
Friday, Bishop England held a 27-25 at halftime but Mount Tabor rained in seven threes in the second half, five in the third quarter to deal the Bishops their first loss of the season.
Boykin finished with 16 points, six steals and five rebounds. Moore added 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Ebone Stevens led Mount Tabor with 16, Jordyn Richardson scored 12.Bishop England managed a season-low 12 steals against 19 turnovers.
The Bishops rebounded Saturday with a dominating defensive performance. They built a 27-point halftime lead while limiting West Mecklenburg to eight points in the first half. West Mecklenburg was held to just 26 percent shooting from the field and only scored more than 10 points in one of four quarters.
Moore scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, and Michele Boykin added 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists. Eran Antigues finished with five points, four assists and three steals, and Erin Rose added five points. Lashanda Mayela led West Mecklenburg with six points, T'Nyah James added five.
“It was a good tournament for us,” Runey said. “We wanted to find that third and fourth girl who could step up and we saw signs of that. We saw some things we could do moving forward.”
Palmetto Christian takes sixth
The Palmetto Christian Lady Eagles fell 44-39 to Cross Monday to finish sixth in the Harbor Division at St. Johns High School on John's Island.
Palmetto Christian finished 1-2 in the tournament, following a 53-48 loss to Porter-Gaud on Friday with a 54-30 win over James Island Christian Saturday.
Porter-Gaud erased a two-point first quarter deficit with a 37-18 run through the second and third quarters and never trailed again. Corey Caulder turned in a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Palmetto Christian. Annie Pascutti added 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting with eight rebounds, and Parker Emerson scored eight points with two steals and two assists.
Saturday against James Island, Pascutti scored 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds and grabbed two steals as the Lady Eagles dominated James Island. Caulder added six points, nine rebounds and three steals, and Emerson scored nine.
The Eagles defense dominated James Island, allowing just eight points or fewer in each of the first three quarters. Palmetto Christian built a 14-point lead by halftime, and sealed the game in third, outscoring James Island 15-8.