It was a pair of great games at Maplewood High School on Friday night. The Pearl Cohn High School Firebirds (boys) battled the Maplewood Panthers (boys) in a battle for first place in the 10AA district. The girls’ squads played impressively. Let’s recap.
Lady Firebirds Soar Past Maplewood
The Maplewood Panthers girls were trailing for the majority of the game. They continued to claw their way back into it, but unfortunately fell short of victory 65-55. Missing 15 free throws was one of the keys to the loss. Lady Panther Destiny Hayes scored 19 points while Pearl Cohn’s Janiah Sandifer racked up a game high 27 points, leading her Firebirds to victory over a great Lady Panthers squad.
Panthers Boys Stun Pearl Cohn
This game was as good as advertised. Two schools battled for control of District 10AA. The Panthers 62-53 victory was lead by Bo Hodges, who racked up a team-high 16 points. That includes ecstatic dunks and extremely acrobatic layups. Alexander McKissack was red hot on defense, denying pass attempts and stealing the basketball which made a huge difference in the game. Hassan Littlepage was extremely effective in the paint. He was consistently snagging offensive rebounds and putting them back up for two points.
The Firebirds rally was lead by Anthony Ramsey who scored 12 points. They constantly fought back, making sure the game didn’t get out of hand. Their players were emotional and fired up against a fiery Panthers squad.
Things got a bit chippy due to the competitiveness between the two rivals after the Panthers allowed a comeback after halftime, but Hodges seemed to say it’s no big deal.
“We just started slacking,” he said. “We had to pick it up.”
The victory left the Maplewood Panthers 4-0 in the district and 12-2 overall. Their next matchup is this Tuesday vs. Whites Creek at home.