Things didn’t necessarily go as planned for Parkside’s girls basketball team as they fell to the Kent Island Bucaneers by a score of 64-44.
Kent Island played a strong game both offensively and defensively, with sophomore guard Se’ri Miles leading the way with 28 points, seven rebounds and six steals. Throw in a last-second buzzer-beater to end the first half as well.
As for Parkside, it was a tale of two halves, in which they found themselves trailing by eight heading into halftime.
The second half wrote an entirely different story for the Rams as they quickly turned the ball over on their first four possessions, resulting in 12 unanswered points from Kent Island. This lead would prove too much for Parkside to recover from, with its largest deficit reaching 24 points.
Kent Island’s head coach David Bloomer was unsure what exactly he would be facing in the Rams team, but with Miles on his side, he was ready for whatever stood in front of him.
“We haven’t played them in a few years, so it is hard to prepare for a game like this,” he said. “But we have Se’ri, we have a sophomore whose sky is the limit. She is one hell of a ball player, and we depend on her a lot.”
The third quarter is when Miles started getting hot, recording 13 points and four steals.
“The game plan was focused around me in the second half,” Miles said. “We wanted to move the ball fast and get people into positions to make cuts and score. The opportunities were there for us and we took full advantage of them.”
Warren White, Parkside’s head coach, was upset with the effort his team displayed on the court Friday.
“We played horrible tonight, and turned the ball over way too much,” he said.
White explained the game is more than just physical, but mental as well. He said his girls lost concentration on the small details that ultimately led to their defeat.
“We didn’t listen to each other tonight, and everyone can see that,” White said. “Frustration took over and it destroyed us.”
Despite the defeat, Parkside had a few bright spots in their game, with Rachel Bratten coming off the bench and scoring 13 points and Kayla Handy recording a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
“I am fired up and can’t wait to get back in the gym tomorrow and do everything I can to make these girls get better,” White said.
Parkside (0-1) will look to rebound from their defeat Tuesday as they host Washington High School at 4 p.m. Kent Island (1-0) looks to continue their winning ways as they host North Caroline High School at 5 p.m. Tuesday.