Story, Highlights: Trask defeats Pender in rivalry basketball games

— It’s not hard to figure out what drives Trask’s boys’ basketball team.

You just need to see what they do after a basket made.

Defending the entire field in an intense man-to-man press, the Titans may not be the biggest team in the Waccamaw Conference, but they are making up for the constant pressure.

That was again evident on Tuesday evening in a 61-49 victory over rival Pender. The win not only gives Trask (10-7, 2-1) a lead over the Patriots in the standings, it also gives it two in a row in the rivalry series.

Pender (3-7, 1-2) still owns seven of the last 11 matches, although the series is more balanced when looking at the last 18 matchups – a perfect 9-9 split.

Summary first half

Trask led 28-14 at halftime and it could have been had Pender not blocked five Titans shots in the paint.

However, Trask’s ball pressure disrupted the Patriots greatly. Pender was unable to come into play, as evidenced by making just five free throws in the entire first half and giving up on a handful of live ball turns. The Patriots scored just two field goals in the first quarter and three in the second.

Summary second half

Pender got that close to 10 late in the third, but each time, Trask answered with a quick bucket (or two) to keep the Patriots at bay.

With Trask up 58-41 and 1:55 left, Pender reserve guard Jaden Lee collided with the padded wall behind the goal and was down for several minutes. It appeared that Lee had slammed his neck and back of his head against the wall and grabbed it as he lay down. He was able to get up and out of the gym on his own and was checked by EMS who arrived after the game.

The two teams, both players and coaches, gathered to pray while Lee was down. Pender’s late flurry of buckets brought the score a little closer at the end.

Pender Notes

The Patriots have size, but couldn’t use it on the boards or in the half-court against Trask’s swarming defenses. Pender hasn’t had nearly as many total games to his credit as other teams in the state, in part because of his run in the football playoffs, and maybe the Patriots are still in shape.

Although he started slow, freshman Dashawn McKoy led the way for Pender with 18 points (8 out of 10 on the line), 7 of them in the fourth quarter under some difficult angles. He also led the team in blocks. Kyrese Dye added 13 and was a bright spot with his own ball pressure.

Trask Notes

Although it is late January, COVID has disrupted the schedule of the Waccamaw conference. Trask started this week without seeing East or West Columbus. By the end of the week, it will have played West Columbus twice in a few days. The same goes for East Columbus next week.

The Titans got a balanced score from Myron McKoy (15 points), Tyran Pickett (14 points), Sherrod Henderson (10 points), Jaylin Harvey (8 points) and Isaac Turner (7 points).

The matches with West Columbus, the favorite in the competition, loom.

Game for girls

The Trask girls rolled to a 63-30 win, leading the Patriots 24-7 at halftime.

The Titans (4-9, 2-1) now slide ahead of Pender (3-4, 1-2) in the Waccamaw Confernce standings, thanks to an early marksmanship from Julia Plunk.

Plunk finished with a game-high 24 points, including five 3s. Madalyn White added 22 points, while Kenya Lewis’s contributions came in assists and quick crossovers that smashed the Pender defence.

Pender’s offense started in the third quarter with 18 points, led by Jamiah Johnson, who led all Patriots overnight with 12. However, Trask came on the line and dashed any hopes of Pender’s comeback with every free throw made, making 14 out of 25 in the game, but 10 out of 12 in the third quarter alone.

Brooke Dell’Ollio gave Trask one last reason to cheer by knocking down a 3 just before the game clock ran out for the seniors’ first points of the season.


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