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Basketball: Metz continues tear in Pinecrest Academy girls' win against Mount Paran
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Pinecrest Academy’s Ben Gobbel drives to the basket Friday in the Paladins’ 56-40 loss to Mount Paran. - photo by Bill Brown

It was senior night at Pinecrest Academy Friday as both the boys and girls teams played the Mount Paran Eagles.

Led by new all-time scoring leader Mary Margaret Metz, the Lady Paladins (13-3, 8-1 Region 6-1A) improved on their amazing season with a 81-22 rout of the Eagles (3-14, 1-7).

It was an all-time performance by the all-time leader.

Metz recorded a double-double as she had 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Metz also led her team in steals, assists, and blocks.

Pinecrest showed a dominant effort as it controlled the court for all 27 minutes. The normal high school basketball game would normally last 32 minutes, but both coaching staffs agreed to shorten the last two quarters to help protect the athletes. And it makes sense as Pinecrest was up 58-14 at half.

To start the game, the Lady Paladins drained their first four field goals to go up 11-0 causing Mount Paran to call their first timeout in just the first 2 minutes of the contest.

Every girl who stepped on the court for Pinecrest made a 3-point shot. But not only did they dominate the bucket, but they also owned the boards – as a team Pinecrest out-rebounded Mount Paran 38 to 14.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Pinecrest boys’ team (1-15, 1-9) fell short in a 56-40 loss to Mount Paran (9-7, 5-5) in their senior night contest.

Unlike the girl’s game, it was the visitors’ senior which shined as Mount Paran seniors Kellum Rowan, Holt Shannon and Connor O’Neil each had 15 points apiece. Shannon also had 14 rebounds.

Pinecrest was led by junior Nick Boeye who tacked 13 points and two rebounds in the loss.

Both Pinecrest teams had quick turnarounds with games at Our Lady of Mercy on Saturday, which ended too late for this edition.