By Cole Rogers
For the Forsyth County News
The Pinecrest Paladins cruised past the Whitefield Wolfpack in a big 43-10 win on senior night.
The Paladins came out shooting on Friday night and were able to score with ease given the amount of open shots they had.
Despite it being senior night, freshman Colleen Sullivan and sophomore Aryn Spain combined for 18 points and anchored the offense in the paint.
Although the Pinecrest offense was running pretty smoothly, it was their defense that controlled the game.
The Paladins’ defense was suffocating from the tipoff to the final buzzer. Whitefield could barely get near their own basket, and they couldn’t get clean shots off when they did.
“We tried to make things difficult for them tonight on defense,” Pinecrest coach Jonathan Oshinski said. “The girls really stepped up. They were aggressive all night and executed the game plan really well.”
Senior Sarah Brown led the defensive effort by being almost everywhere on the court at once. She was relentlessly going after the ball and regularly stole the ball right out of Whitefield’s hands.
Pinecrest was constantly getting turnovers from stealing the ball, and that allowed them to almost never let Whitefield get a good chance to shoot.
After halftime, Pinecrest struggled to score at the same pace as the first half, but they were putting even more pressure on Whitefield and shut down all of their offensive possessions.
Whitefield did try attempt to shoot more often after the half, but the majority of them just weren’t great looks and they couldn’t get the ball to drop.
In the final minute of the game, Pinecrest subbed its seniors out for the last time of their careers at home. The crowd and student section went wild, and it’s hard to imagine a better way to go out.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our seniors,” Oshinski said. “They come in and they work incredibly hard. To see their growth and development has been amazing”
The game was never too close, but it was an impressive performance from the Paladins and a great win for the seniors in their final home game.
Pinecrest will hope to use this win as momentum since their season isn’t quite over yet. The region tournament is right around the corner and the Paladins will need that energy if they want to make a run.