Jones Senior falls to Pamlico County in boys, girls basketball
TRENTON | Jones Senior was able to hang for a while, but when Pamlico County upped its pressure it was too much for the Trojans.
The Hurricanes won 77-51 Wednesday, using a big run in the first half to take full advantage. Although Pamlico County (1-1) never trailed, Jones Senior tied the score before falling victim to a storm of turnovers and bad shooting.
Hurricanes coach Earl Sadler said it took some adjustments with eight players on the state championship runner-up football team, but they were able to make them during this contest.
“We’ve only had two practices with the entire team, so we can only hope to get better,” Sadler said. “In the first quarter, I felt like we were out of position defensively and once we started improving there, the pace worked out in our favor.”
Pamlico County started the game on an 8-0 run, highlighted by a George Jones slam, but consecutive 3-pointers from Jalin Hall and Josh Richardson brought Jones Senior (0-6) back. Anthony Ellis’ basket inside tied the game at 12 late in the first, but the Hurricanes followed with a 14-3 run to take control. Pamlico County forced Jones Senior to 32 percent shooting in the first half while going up by as many as 22.
The second half was worse for the Trojans as the team missed their first 11 shots. On the other end, the Hurricanes kept the pressure on and stretched their advantage to 29 at one point.
Jones Senior coach Dexter Cannon said maintaining composure was a big issue in this one.
“Sometimes we’ll get down and start losing our focus when the other team goes on a run,” Cannon said. “It’s a young team and we’ll have our lapses at times but have to do better there.”
Jones and Monti Lewis had 13 to lead Pamlico County with Jahmere Miller adding 11 and Stephan Misa chipping in 10. For Jones Senior, Detorian Brown had all 15 of his points in the second half with Josh Richardson adding eight of his 12. Anthony Ellis paced the offense in the first half with all 10 of his points.
PAMLICO COUNTY 77, JONES SENIOR 51
PC 16 27 12 22 — 77
JS 12 11 9 19 — 51
PAMLICO COUNTY — George Jones 13, Monti Lewis 13, Jahmere Miller 11, Stephan Misa 10, Mitchell 9, Branch 7, Pool 7, Altman 3, Murray 2, Hudson 2
JONES SENIOR — Detorian Brown 15, Josh Richardson 12, Anthony Ellis 10, Pegeus 4, Hall 4, Dej. Brown 2, Scott 2, Sauls 2
Fouled out: None
Technical fouls: PC — Pool
Three-pointers: PC — Miller, Mitchell, Altman, Pool, Branch. JS — Det. Brown 4, Richardson 2, Hall.
In the girls’ game, Pamlico County wasted little time establishing dominance in a 64-16 win.
The Hurricanes (5-0) started the contest on a 28-3 run, forcing the Trojans into 28 turnovers and 11 percent shooting in the first half. The second half was played under a running clock as Pamlico County went up 54-7 at the break.
“We practice hard all the time and that’s how we want to play,” Jainaya Jones said after her 20-point, four assist effort. “It translated to the game.”
Jones Senior coach Tina Nelson said the team has plenty of work to do.
“We’ll continue to work hard,” Nelson said. “We played a very tough team, but we have to work on tightening our focus on both ends of the ball.”
Mirachell Maher had 18 points for Pamlico County. Tanayja Green scored 12 for Jones Senior, including all of the team’s second-half points.
PAMLICO COUNTY 64, JONES SENIOR 16
PC 32 22 2 8 — 64
JS 6 1 8 1 — 16
PAMLICO COUNTY — Jainaya Jones 20, Mirachell Maher 18, Davis 6, Sadler 4, D. Jones 4, Audilet 3, Moore 2, Anderson 2, J. Jones 2, Barron 2, Ramsey 1
JONES SENIOR — Tanayja Green 12, Battle 2, Becton 1, Brimage 1
Fouled out: None
Technical fouls: None
Three-pointers: PC — Ja. Jones 2.