Prep snaps PCS' win streakBy ANDREW ABADIE,
Presbyterian Christian School saw its nine-game win streak end Tuesday night, as Jackson Prep handed the Bobcats a 35-31 loss at Rees Gymnasium. The Patriots’ defense and the third quarter were keys in staging a comeback despite Prep trailing at halftime by four.
The Bobcats’ offense never managed to find a rhythm against the Patriots’ zone play. However, both teams got off to a slow start with PCS leading 5-2 at the end of the first quarter.
“We got a bunch of good looks, especially in the second half, but against a zone [defense], if you don’t shoot it well they are certainly not going to open it for your guards to penetrate or for post players to go to work in the post,” PCS coach Josh Dorman said. “At the end of the day that zone [defense] was the difference maker.”
PCS tried to overcome the slow start and pull away in the second quarter, as it went on an 8-2 run just before the half. But, the Patriots managed to score and put the game at 18-14 with PCS leading at the half.
The Patriots shifted momentum in the third quarter, outscoring PCS 12-2 in the quarter.
“In the third quarter, honestly, we had defensive breakdowns that gave up easy buckets,” Dorman said. “They are a very good executing team, very solid fundamentally, [but] they just made the plays that they had to make to win.”
The Bobcats battled back in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 26, and again at 31, but Jackson Prep held the momentum and closed the game out with a pair of scores that sealed its win.
“That’s a postseason type game,” Dorman said. “In our league, it’s just tough to score. These teams defend so very well and for us when you saw the transition was taken away and the ability to do certain things it kind of revealed some things to us I’d rather be revealed now than in the state tournament.”
PCS (19-8, 7-2) remains in first place in its conference regardless of the loss, but it must win out to easily secure first place and a bye in its conference tournament.
PCS girls 39 Jackson Prep 30
PCS (13-15) managed to overcome a slow start and force overtime with Jackson Prep, but the Lady Bobcats fell short losing 39-30 in the Tuesday loss.
Like the boys’ game, both Jackson Prep and PCS came out with slow starts with Jackson Prep taking a 5-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“We got some good shots,” PCS coach Matthew Lofton said. “We missed a couple of easy [shots] early and that always helps to get off the gates. I thought defensively we played great. We just had trouble scoring.”
Both teams experienced several missed shots and defensive stands but Jackson Prep held momentum taking a 15-10 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Jackson Prep opened with momentum taking a 20-12 lead but a steal from Gabby Gallup led to a Lady Bobcat 10-0 run that gave PCS its first lead of the night at 22-20.
Within the final minutes of regulation, the two teams traded three lead changes and two ties. However trailing 30-28, PCS managed to draw a foul and set up a layup at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
Despite having the positive momentum at the buzzer, Jackson Prep regained control in overtime as the Patriots outscored PCS 9-0.
“I thought going into overtime it was anybody’s game,” Lofton said. “I thought they got a big steal early that kind of gave them the momentum. I’m proud of our girls, they didn’t give up. We had a chance to fold there at the end of the regulation, but we kept on fighting. It would have been nice if a few more shots would have fallen early and we wouldn’t have put ourselves in that situation, but Jackson Prep did a great job on defense. [Jackson Prep] made the plays they needed to make.”
Gallup and fellow senior Mary Moore Widemire each led the team with 11 points each.