Sport 2 Pinelands force Game 3

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by justin­mar­ville @na­tion­ triple to trans­form Cougars’ 56-50 cush­ion into a onescore game (60-58) at the end of the third quar­ter.

How­ever, Toni Ather­ley con­tin­ued to be as in­domitable as ever, go­ing coast to coast for a tough layup be­fore Late­cia Green re­stored Cougars’ six-point ad­van­tage (64-58) on a base­line jumper.

Yet they never led again once Maria Cum­ber­batch got the ball rolling with two free throws and a layup off a steal to set the stage for Wal­cott’s late-game hero­ics.


Cum­ber­batch was ac­tu­ally the one who looked like she donned the cape early when she ex­ploded for 12 quick points as the linch­pin of Pinelands’ 28-16 start to the con­test.

Seem­ingly un­both­ered by Al­leyne’s sur­prise ad­di­tion, the fleet-footed Cum­ber­batch sped out in tran­si­tion for a se­ries of fast-break buck­ets to key her side’s lat­est dou­ble-digit lead in the se­ries.

But they only scored a fur­ther seven points for the rest of the half as Al­leyne grew com­fort­able in her role down low for the new team.

She proved the per­fect foil for a ram­pag­ing Ather­ley, who drained back- to-back treys and two free throws in a whirl­wind 22-7 Cougars run that turned their 12-point deficit into an un­likely 38-35 half­time lead.

The two sides then traded bas­kets for much of the en­su­ing third be­fore Ather­ley went end to end again for an­other layup to put Cougars ahead 56-50.

Cum­ber­batch fin­ished with 28 points and Lat­ifa Wood had 16 for Pinelands while Ather­ley had an­other triple-dou­ble ef­fort with 28 points, 12 re­bounds and eight as­sists.

Al­leyne added 21 points and 11 boards for Cougars.

(Pic­ture by Ken­more By­noe.)

NOTH­ING EASY: Pine guard Makela Wal­cott (right) try­ing to fin­ish this left handed layup over Toni Ather­ley.

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