By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
While the RM Bailey Pacers senior girls prevailed over the Government High Magic, the Magic senior boys avenged the defeat by knocking off the Pacers in their Government Secondary Schools Sports Association double header at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium yesterday.
RM Bailey doubled up Government High 56-24 in the senior girls opener, while GHS prevailed with a 39-33 win in the senior boys’ feature contest.
Pacers 56, Magics 24: Vincinique Dames canned a game high 21 points and Janea Ariste had 17 points to pace RM Bailey to victory. Chadanay Knowles helped out with seven.
Teajah Johnson, the captain for the Pacers, said their coach Keisha Pratt had them clicking on all cylinders.
“I think we did good. We can work on some things, but we were able to get the ball where we needed it to go,” said Johnson, a 17-year-old 12th grader.
“We’ve been practicing well, so we just have to perfect our craft by playing more defence and getting the ball in the paint.”
Dames, their major benefactor when they did get the ball in the paint, said it was a good feeling to get the first game under their belt. “Our defence was a bit slack. I’m sure we could do better,” Dames said. “Once we can work on our defence, we will be much better.”
Dames scored nine and Ariste had five in the first quarter as RM Bailey raced out to an impressive 19-7 lead and they were never challenged. They took a 33-14 lead into the half as Dames connected on six and Ariste had four in the second period.
Things slowed down a bit in the second half for the Pacers, who held onto a 47-21 margin at the end of the final break. They went on an 8-6 run in the fourth to preserve the win.
Roshan Ingraham scored 13 points and Rihanna Ferguson had four in the loss for Government High, whose coach Bernice Penn said they knew they had their work cut out for them.
“I guess the kids were nervous, but we came in here knowing that we are going to be working on our development,” said Penn, who was assisted by Salathial Dean. “I’m proud of the girls. We got a little nervous and were shaky out there, but this is just day one. Our next game is on Monday, so hopefully we will get it together and play much better.”
Magic 39, Pacers 33: With two of their starters not playing, Lens Dolcine led Government High to victory in their senior boys’ match-up with 10 points.
Rasheed Brennen had eight, Lathario Babbs had six and Peter Tilusnord added five to help preserve the win.
Government High doubled up the score at the end of the first quarter with a 12-6 lead, but RM Bailey cut it down to two (23-21) at the half.
The Magic stayed out front 31-27 at the end of the third and they out-scored the Pacers 8-6 in the fourth to clinch the win.
Coach Elkin Sherman gave his team a grade of C-plus.
“Honestly, we could have played better. We were missing two starters, but with this air-conditioning in here, it was killing the boys, but we just had to thug it out,” Sherman said. “Our two starters were out with the flu going around, but I had to keep the rest of our team strong.”
Bryson Rolle also scored 10 in a losing effort for the Pacers, who also got seven from Kendrick Emilien and six from Isaiah Williams. Coach Devon Miller said they still have a lot of work to do.
“Today, we didn’t follow the game plan. We missed one or two others. Other than that, we did fairly well,” he said.
“This is their first time out. We didn’t have a scrimmage. “We had a short pre-season to prepare. I think the next time out, we will be much better.”
Looking back at their performances, Miller said the most important thing they have to work on is their “defence, lay-ups and free throws.”
CI Gibson Gymnasium
4pm - HO Nash vs DW Davis junior girls and boys.
Kendal Isaacs Gym
CV Bethel vs CR Walker (senior girls).
CI Gibson vs Anatol Rodgers (senior girls).
CV Bethel vs CR Walker (senior boys).
CI Gibson vs Anatol Rodgers (senior boys).