The Pocomoke and Parkside girls basketball teams faced off Tuesday night, in a game that was almost perfectly matched.
The Warriors came into the game with four conference wins and the Rams with five, but both teams roster a player who is considered one of the Bayside South’s top post players in Pocomoke’s Dynaisha Christian and Parkside’s Kayla Handy.
In the end, it was the scoreboard showed that the match up was far from close as Pocomoke was in command throughout on its way to a 64-38 win.
“I thought we had some really good passes,” said Pocomoke head coach Gail Gladding. “We looked good and we found the open players to get those open shots.”
In the first two quarters, Pocomoke (9-2, 5-2 Bayside) was always ahead on scoring. They came off the opening tip, and though it took a few tries, made the first basket of the game and raced out to a 6-0 lead.
Once Parkside (7-2, 5-2) finally woke up from their slumber, the Rams’ defense stepped up the pressure and allowed them to gain control of the ball, and even take an early 7-6 advantage.
The Rams could have increased their lead, but three unnecessary fouls kept Pocomoke on their tail. The culprit in these fouls was Handy, who after the fouls, was constantly being taken in and out of the game.
The lessened amount of playing time was apparent on the court, and her usual contributions were nowhere to be found.
Parkside coach Warren White, who was disappointed in his team’s ability to play the game he knows they can play, said he was especially let down in the fact that he had to constantly sit Handy in fear of her receiving more fouls.
That allowed Pocomoke to build up a 33-23 lead going into the halftime break.
Pocomoke’s Dynaisha Christian (40), left, competes with Parkside’s Kayla Handy (33) for the ball during their game at Parkside Tuesday.
“Two fouls early in the first quarter, three early in the second quarter and now she is sitting,” White said. “With her skill level, sitting on the bench changed the dynamic on the court.”
In the last two quarters, Parkside made a valiant effort but could not keep up with the offensive fire Pocomoke was playing with.
At times, the small errors by the Warriors gave the Rams a grace period to gain a few points, but it was never enough to truly catch up.
By the end of the game, Pocomoke was stalling and passing the ball around, as Parkside looked more and more deflated as time ran out.
“We played together and even though in the first quarter we were lagging, we pulled it together and picked up our defense and worked hard to win,” said Christian, who finished with 17 points and countless defensive rebounds.