Bucs, Rampants split
Wed. February 06, 2013 at 12:04 a.m. | By Kris Lancaster | Sports@StarNewsOnline.com
Laney's Brianna Baham shoots against Greenville Rose in a high school basketball game at Laney on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (Photo by Matt Born)
Perhaps the Greenville Rose Rampants had the Laney Buccaneers right where they wanted them all night.
After hanging around with the Bucs for three quarters, Rose took over in the fourth quarter, using a 15-0 run to secure a 56-50 Mideastern Conference boys basketball win Tuesday night.
Rose (8-11, 4-3) entered the fourth down 39-35 before going on its run.
"We kept up the defensive pressure the whole game," said Rose coach James Rankins. "We thought tired legs might take some shots away. We were just trying to stay in the game and hope the best could happen."
The Rampants were led by freshman Cornell Powell, who scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half. Powell also added a critical steal to seal the game with Rose up 52-50 late in the fourth.
"We thought he coasted in first half," said Rankins of Powell. "He didn't get involved, he didn't get many touches, and we challenged him to get more involved. We told him he's got to help us around the basket, because he's our scorer around the basket. We thought he responded really well."
Laney (6-13, 1-6) led throughout much of the game thanks to hot perimeter shooting, in large part from Nick Parker, who hit six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points off the bench.
However, the Bucs went cold in the fourth, going the first six minutes of the quarter without registering a field goal. In the final minute of regulation, the Bucs had a chance to tie the game, when Powell came up with the critical steal. Powell made two free throws to make it 54-50 and secure the win for Rose.
GIRLS: LANEY 61, ROSE 23
A 12-0 second-quarter run helped Laney pull away from Rose and secure their 18th win of the season. Laney (18-1, 7-0) led 13-12 early in the quarter when they went on their run. Rose (4-13, 1-5) would only score 11 points the rest of the game.
"Our intensity on defense got better in the second half," said Laney coach Sherri Tynes. "We're just trying to keep that energy level up game in and game out, trying to execute and trying to get better."
Paulette Addison led the Bucs with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Rose's Kamiah Gilbert and Erin Walden each scored six points.