Short of success

First Posted: 11/20/2013

PEMBROKE — On the first night of the season, the Purnell Swett basketball team found itself in a strange pattern.

Falling behind by double digits only to pull within striking distance was a common occurence during Wednesday’s 75-52 loss to Pine Forest.

Entering the fourth, the Rams had trimmed a 15-point second-half deficit to 10, but they couldn’t get over the hump.

“We came out the first half, got down, battled back,” Swett coach Jeremy Sampson said. “We just stopped rebounding. I told the guys that we just got killed on the boards.”

Swett, which has 10 newcomers adjusting to varsity speeds, lost momentum during a five-minute stretch to open the fourth when the Trojans seized control with a 15-3 run.

The Rams trailed by as many as 19 before halftime until Kendrick Purdie led a spirited run to get Swett within seven at intermission. Purdie scored all of his game-high 16 points in the first half.

“It shows a resilient side to them and I’m proud of that,” Sampson said.

Pine Forest’s pressure was dominant throughout, forcing turnovers near the baseline and midcourt stripe along with misguided ballhandling and faulty passes from Swett’s starters.

After the break, the Rams struggled again out of the gate, giving up an eight-point run to trail, 47-32, midway through the third. Aside from Purdie’s run in the first half, the Rams otherwise struggled to find a go-to. Jordan Chavis did his part with eight of his 12 points after intermission.

Ten players got in the scoring column for the Trojans. Terquan Foster, Tyrell Blue and Deshawn Leftwich had 14 points each.

Swett struggles to score in opener

The Purnell Swett girls struggled to find consistent scoring in a 75-38 loss to Pine Forest.

The Trojans never trailed after scoring the game’s first basket.

“I thought that we did some good things,” said Swett coach Danyel Jolicoeur. “Obviously there’s some things we need to continue to work on. We showed some improvements from the first day of tryouts to tonight, so our goal is just to improve every day.”

Pine Forest’s early success came from Monet Turnipseed, who was part of a two-pronged attack with Chantal Hodege. Monet finished with 19 points, including four makes from beyond the 3-point line.

The Rams (0-1) didn’t score more than 10 points in a quarter until the fourth. Mikala Lowry led a 17-point final frame and finished with a team-high 11 points.


Pine Forest 75, Purnell Swett 52

Pine Forest 25 10 18 23 — 75

Purnell Swett 12 13 14 10 — 52

Pine Forest — Deshawn Leftwich 14, Terquan Foster 14, Tyrell Blue 14, Kenneth Walters 10, Harden 6, Foster 5, Redden 4, Brooks 4, Stringfellow 2, May 2.

Purnell Swett — Kendrick Purdie 16, Jordan Chavis 12, J. Jacobs 8, Williamson 6, M. Locklear 5, Maynor 2, Brooks 2, Campbell 1.

3-Point Goals — PF: Blue 2, Walters 2, Leftwich. PS: Chavis 2, Purdie 2, Jacobs 2, Locklear.

Technicals — Leftwich.

Records — Pine Forest 1-0; Purnell Swett 0-1.


Pine Forest 75, Purnell Swett 38

Pine Forest 16 16 21 22 — 75

Purnell Swett 8 6 7 17 — 38

Pine Forest — Monet Turnipseed 19, Sabrina Gordon 11, Hodege 9, Whyatt 9, Evans 8, Hampton 6, Poesel 6, Moore 6.

Purnell Swett — Mikala Lowry 11, B. Locklear 9, C. Chavis 5, A. Locklear 4, Hunt 3, T. Locklear 3, Troy 1, Smith 1.

3-Point Goals — PF: Turnipseed 4, Hodege 3. PS — B. Locklear, Chavis, T. Locklear.

Records — Pine Forest 1-0; Purnell Swett 0-1.