Pirates end 32-game conference losing streak

Porter Ridge boys beat Parkwood by 14
Jan. 19, 2013 @ 01:38 PM

As the buzzer sounded, and the scoreboard read "Porter Ridge 67, Parkwood 53," it validated the progress of the program under first-year coach Jim Rhodes.
Since joining the Southern Carolina Conference three years ago, the Pirates had yet to win a conference game. With this year's 0-2 start, Porter Ridge was 0-32 in the SCC until Friday night.
“We talked about some of that stuff," Rhodes said. "That was one of our goals, was to get that conference win. It was exciting for us. When we talk about building a program, that’s one of the building blocks.”
Ten Pirates scored in the historic victory, led by senior Harrison Rivers' 17 points.
Rivers nearly doubled the 8.6 scoring average he entered the game with, and he was one of several seniors who had big nights. Senior Jeff Spence, who entered the game averaging 1.5 points, scored 10, and senior Cody Barrette nearly doubled his scoring average (3.6) with seven points to go along with a team-high six rebounds.
Barrett helped the Pirates get the monkey off the program's back.
“It means a lot, but it’s more of a mental thing,” Barrett said. “We had to do this and it’s our first building block to help our team out in the future.”
Rivers has now scored in double digits seven times this year, including two out of three conference games.
Rivers knows this will be good for the team's confidence.
“It means a great deal, every one coming together winning,” said Rivers. “We had a good game tonight … it was a team effort.”
Parkwood (1-12, 0-3) gave gave the Pirates all they could handle for three quarters.
The score was deadlocked after the fist quarter (10-10) and at halftime (29-29). The first half included 10 ties and 13 lead changes.
“It was kind of ugly in the first half,” said Rhodes. “I think our defense stepped up in the second half and that was the difference in the game.”
The Pirates started the third quarter on a 12-4 run and took a 41-33 lead halfway through the third quarter. The Rebels, though, closed the third with a 10-4 run and trailed by two (45-43) going into the final frame.
Porter Ridge started the fourth quarter on a 14-4 run and never let up. The closest Parkwood got the rest of the way was 10 points.
“I think we got to our help assignments; we stopped reaching with our hands and helping with our feet,” Rhodes said. “We did a better job of boxing out and we got some steals and deflections that led to some fast break layups and I think the momentum just kind of kept going.”
Rivers scored 11 in the second half, and Rhodes felt he was critical to the victory.
“We haven’t seen that from him recently and we have been on him about being aggressive with the ball,” said Rhodes of the 6-5 forward. “His presence inside was the big difference in the game.”
Dallas Austin, a 6-2 senior wing and the team's leading scorer at just over 12 points per game, scored nine.
In addition to his seven points and six boards, Barrette pased out three assists.
Rhodes considers Barrette a valuable asset.
“Cody just kind of fills up the stats sheets," Rhodes said. "He just does a little bit of everything. He is not a selfish player. He is the kind of kid that doesn’t have to shoot to be effective.”
“I have to help the team do what I can,” said Barrette. “If I can’t score I have to do something else like passing. I love passing.”
The win improves Porter Ridge to 5-10 overall and 1-2 in the SCC.
Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday, when Porter Ridge hosts Weddington and the Rebels host Sun Valley.

Friday's box scores
Porter Ridge boys 67, Parkwood 53

Parkwood (1-12, 0-3)
Max Robinson 3 6-10 12, Sam Mobley 6 3-8 16, James Houston 3 1-2 7, Victor Thompson 1 0-1 2, Jared Myers 1 0-0 2, Terrell Williams 4 2-2 12, Keelyan lee 1 0-0 2, Grey Wyrick 0 0-0 0, Kenan Turpin 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 12-23 53.

Porter Ridge (5-10, 1-2)
Jerrick Robbins 2 1-2 6, Dallas Austin 4 1-3 9, Jeff Spence 3 3-4 10, Caleb Homesley 1 0-0 3, Frank Anthony 2 4-4 6, Cody Barrette 3 1-3 7, Aaron Mennitt 1 0-0 2, Elijah Patterson 1 0-1 2, Harrison Rivers 8 1-2 17, D'Andre Dennis 1 1-2 3, Nick Widgeon 0 0-0 0, Tyler Harrell 0 0-2 0. Totals 26 12-23 67.

Parkwood^10^19^14^10 — 53
Porter Ridge^10^19^16^22 - 67

3-pointers: PW 3 (Williams 2); PR 2 (Spence, Homesley). Rebounds: PW 27 (Houston 10, Lee 6); PR 30 (Barrette 6, Robbins 5). Assists: PW 6 (Mobley 3); PR 12 (Robbins 3, Anthony 3, Barrette 3). Steals: PW 10 (Robinson 5); PR 5 (Robbins 2). Blocks: PW 0; PR 2 (Robbins, Rivers).

Porter Ridge girls 80, Parkwood 42
Parkwood (10-3, 1-2)
Maggie Smith 1 0-0 2, Kaci Coffey 2 0-0 5, Lillian Geehring 2 0-0 4, Katie Mililcan 1 0-0 2, Lauren Brown 4 0-0 9, Emry Tsitouris 5 10-12 20, Abby Laham 0 0-0 0, Kacey Millican 0 0-0 0, Karly Millican 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 10-12 42.

Porter Ridge (12-3, 3-0)
Jada Huntley 4 2-2 12, Jasmine Huntley 12 3-3 27, Kara Cunningham 1 0-0 2, Sarah Welch 1 0-0 2, Jade Jones 5 0-0 12, Ireland Massey 2 0-0 4, Justice McKinney 3 0-0 6, Meghan Madanski 2 0-0 4, Bobbie Jones 4 3-4 11, Amanda Conti 0 0-0 0. Totals 34 8-9 80.

Parkwood^9^14^9^10 — 42
Porter Ridge^22^17^23^20 - 80

3-pointers: PW 2 (Coffey, Brown); PR 4 (Jad. Huntley 2, J. Jones 2). Rebounds: PW 22 (Tsitouris10); PR 27 (McKinney 6). Assists: PW 8 (Smith 2, Geehring 2); PR 21 (Cunningham 8, Jad. Huntley 5). Steals: PW 4 (Coffey 2); PR 28 (Jas. Huntley 5, Cunningham 5). Blocks: PW 6 (Tsitouris 4); PR 1 (B. Jones).