PEMBROKE — Purnell Swett opened Southeastern Conference play Friday night with a 65-61 victory over Scotland County.
The Rams held off a late 12-2 run by the Scots to win their third game of the season decided by four points or less. Tyler Maynor led the way with 14 points including three late free throws that snapped Swett’s three-game losing skid and avoided a fourth-quarter meltdown.
“We really need to work on maintaining a lead,” Purnell Swett coach Jeremy Sampson said. “Lack of free throw shooting and turnovers almost cost us this game.”
Thanks to a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter from Anthony Williamson, Swett (3-7) took a four-point lead into intermission after a back-and-forth first half. The Rams were able to withstand Scotland’s pressure and force a few turnovers of their own at the other end.
“We work on breaking the press by running what we call a tandem offense,” Sampson said. “We just needed to get the ball to the middle of it and attack.”
Joey Locklear’s two-handed dunk with 4:44 left to play gave the Rams a sizable lead they would nearly relinquish. Maynor’s freebies a few minutes later with Swett clinging to a one-possession lead were enough to seal the win.
Swett girls topped in conference opener
Scotland’s Destiny Campbell put up a triple-double in a 68-37 win at Purnell Swett.
The Scots played a hot hand, using their speed to create fastbreak after fastbreak to open up an early lead on the Rams.
“They couldn’t match up with us speed-wise so we got a lot of fastbreak opportunities. We practiced sideline breaks a lot in practice,” Scotland coach Janie Hodges said.
To achieve her triple-double, Campbell scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked 10 shots. She picked up eight of those blocks in the first quarter alone. Scotland led 35-18 at halftime.
Mikala Lowry led Swett with eight points.
Corbin Ensminger contributed to this report.
Swett 65, Scotland 61
Scotland 16 16 7 22 —61
Swett 15 21 14 15 —65
SCOTLAND — Jordan Ratliffe 19, Miles 14, Elliot 1, Graham 4, Jaylend Ratliffe 12, McKeithan 2, Easkelin 2.
PURNELL SWETT — Tyler Maynor 14, M. Locklear 4, Purdie 5, Williamson 14, Chavis 2, Brooks 4, Lowery 10, D. Brooks 4, J. Locklear 5, Graham 2.
Records — Swett 3-7, 1-0; Scotland 3-8, 0-1.