Stoop lifts Pungo girls to Cobbs tournament title

Published 10:16 am Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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AHOSKIE – Reagan Stoop scored 11 of her game-high 24 points during a decisive third quarter and Pungo Christian Academy went on to defeat Ridgecroft School, 50-30, here Friday night in the varsity girls championship game of the second annual Doug Cobbs Scholarship Basketball Tournament.

For her efforts, Stoop was the clear choice as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She had 30 points in Pungo’s 53-41 win over Lawrence Academy in Thursday night’s semifinal matchup.

Despite experiencing an ice-cold performance from the field, Ridgecroft only trailed by nine (19-10) at halftime. But things got even worse from there as the Lady Rams missed their first 15 shots in the third quarter. By the time MaKenzie Slaughter’s field goal attempt found its mark with nine seconds left in the period, Pungo had raced out to a 32-13 lead.

The Lady Rams faired much better in the fourth quarter where Karley Jo Rose sandwiched a pair of baskets around Slaughter’s trifecta. By the time Kate Chamblee scored off her offensive rebound, the Lady Rams had whittled their deficit to 11 (34-23) with 4:11 left in the game.

But Stoop got the Lady Raiders offense rolling again as she completed an old-fashioned three-point play. Moments later, after a basket from her teammate Ashley Williford, Stoop scored again, this time off an offensive rebound, and Pungo led 41-25 with under three minutes left.

Ridgecroft led just once (4-3) in the game’s opening minutes where Chamblee and Slaughter sank a basket each.

Pungo’s Ginny Pugh opened and closed the quarter in the same manner, sinking a three-pointer as the Lady Raiders held a 9-5 edge at the end of the period.

Pungo extended their lead to 13-5 thanks to a steal and layup by Abbey Cutler at the 5:01 mark of the second quarter.

Ridgecroft cut into that deficit and trailed by just three points (13-10) thanks to a trey from Slaughter and a Chamblee basket off an offensive rebound.

Stoop answered for the Lady Raiders, scoring twice off secondary transition baskets to highlight a 6-0 run that staked Pungo to 19-10 halftime lead.

Lady Raiders (50)

Reagan Stoop – 24, Ginny Pugh – 11, Ashley Williford (7), Katie Baxter – 2, Bailey Cox – 2, Abbey Cutler – 2, Kelly Willifird – 2

Lady Rams (30)

MaKenzie Slaughter – 12, Kate Chamblee – 9, Karley Jo Rose – 7, Molly Brown – 1, Hannah Slaughter – 1

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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