Season ends for PRC teams

Published 3:08 pm Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The season came to an end for both Pearl River Central teams in the opening round of the Region 8-4A Tournament Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils fought hard against top-seeded West Harrison, before coming up short in a 47-43 loss to the Hurricanes.

West Harrison advances to Friday night’s championship game.

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The Blue Devils fell behind early, trailing 15-4 just one minute into the second quarter. But a pair of slam dunks by Ashton Woodson helped PRC cut the deficit to just 20-15 at halftime.

The home team then drew within 22-21 early in the third period, but the Blue Devils were hampered by some cold shooting as they missed 13 straight field goal attempts in the frame. They also made only 4-of-15 free throws in the game.

The Hurricanes took advantage, and pulled out to a 31-21 advantage with a 9-0 run to close the third period.

PRC trailed 39-23 early in the fourth frame, but the Blue Devils never gave up and cut the deficit to just three points, at 41-38, with one minute to play as Dennan Seal hit a 3-pointer and also converted an old fashioned three point play.

But the Hurricanes made four of five free throws in the waning moments to seal the win and take their third win of the season over the Blue Devils.

“I was proud of our effort, we really played hard,” PRC head coach Austin Alexander said. “I just thought we missed too many shots and made too many key turnovers that they took advantage of.”

Woodson paced PRC with 13 points, while Seal added 11 and Jordan Fairconetue eight for the Blue Devils.

• The PRC girls took on top-seed Long Beach, and fell 60-40. The Long Beach girls advance to the championship game Friday, and the Lady Devils end the season at 4-24.

Caroline Lumpkin scored 11 points in the first half for PRC, as the Lady Devils kept the game close through the first quarter and trailed just 17-15 entering the second stanza.

But LBHS went on a 15-0 run and took control of the game in the process in the final six minutes of the first half. PRC trailed 34-32 at halftime, and never cut the deficit to single digits in the second half. Lumpkin had 13 to pace PRC, while Jessica Powers added 10 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks and Sabrina Miller scored eight points.