PCA slams ACCS, 58-49; Lady Eagles still winless|[01/20/07]

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 20, 2007

Porters Chapel and Adams Christian had the look of two struggling basketball teams Friday night.

Shots were missed, balls were dribbled off feet or thrown out of bounds, stupid fouls were committed. In the end, though, one team had to win and it turned out to be Porters Chapel.

Jermaine O’Conner had 16 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots, Brad Pennington and Matt Cranfield scored 13 points apiece, and PCA (6-7, 2-3 District 4-AA) earned a 58-49 win.

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&#8220This has been hard for us to get into a basketball rhythm,” said O’Conner, one of six PCA players who were with the football team until late November. &#8220Little bit by little bit, we’re starting to pick it up. We played pretty good tonight.”

Luke Brumfield led ACCS (4-15, 0-4) with 27 points and was 7-for-9 from 3-point range. It was a rare display of outside shooting for Brumfield, who said he’s usually more of a penetrating scorer.

&#8220That’s the first few threes I’ve made all year,” Brumfield said with a laugh. &#8220They were playing tough defense inside.

&#8220I was more open tonight than I had been.”

Brumfield hit 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left in the first half to put the Rebels ahead 27-25, and scored 16 of their 22 points in the second half – 12 of it on four 3-pointers. Unfortunately for the Rebels, that was about all they had going.

PCA opened the second half with a 10-0 run to regain the lead and never trailed again.

O’Conner’s inside play helped PCA stay in front in the third quarter, and a series of jumpers by Pennington and Cranfield, along with nine second-half points by Spencer Pell, kept the Eagles in front late.

(G) ACCS 59, PCA 31

Ariana DeLassale had 18 points and eight rebounds, Katie Swinney scored 15 points, and Adams Christian rolled to an easy win over Porters Chapel.

ACCS (23-5, 4-1) had eight steals in the first quarter and never trailed in the game. PCA (0-15, 0-4) committed 37 turnovers in the game, including eight in the last 5 1/2 minutes of the first half. ACCS went on a 18-2 run during that span to blow the game open, and led 39-15 at halftime.

Ironically, the turnovers helped PCA have a decent shooting night. Because attempts that don’t hit the rim – such as airballs or shots off the backboard – don’t count as shots, the Lady Eagles started the game 6-for-6 and didn’t miss until Erin Purvis’ jumper bounced off the rim with 1:45 to play in the second quarter.

PCA finished the game 13-for-25 from the field, with Shelby Wells scoring a team-high 18 points. Bailey Williams and Kori Miller each had four assists and Amanda Bufkin had five steals.