The Cedarville Sr Lady Pirates are riding a wave of success like no other. With dominating wins over programs that have been the standard for 3A basketball for years, the Lady Pirates have officially raised the bar. They continued putting that bar higher with a whirlpooling 56-44 win over Paris on Tuesday, January 12th followed by a crushing 54-34 victory over Lifeway Christian on Friday, January 15th.
The Lady Pirates may have been a massive underdog against Paris in earlier years, but that is ancient history now. Paris is still a premiere program with plenty of top talent, but Cedarville claimed an Eagle feather in their hat with a solid defensive attack that lit the fuse for their offense to send the cannons blazing. Leading the team in points was the Pirate pair of Chloe Morrow and Katie McBroom who raised ye ol jolly roger high with 15 points apiece against a stout Paris defense. Anna Hightower soared higher than the Eagles could soar for 13 points in the game. And Makayla Pearcy and Emily Wood grounded Paris with a combined 15 points (Pearcy 9, Wood 6).
With the defeat of the perineal powerhouse Lady Eagles, Cedarville turned their rutter to the new kids on the block, Lifeway Christian. The Lady Pirates didn’t take it easy on the Lady Knights either beating them 54-34. For this matchup, the Lady Pirates traded out the old school cannons and replaced them with patriot missiles. Cedarville hit not one, not two, not even three, but 14 three-point shots against the Lady Knights. That’s right, 42 of their 54 points came from downtown. MaKayla Pearcy and McKenzie Marion each had 15 points and Katie McBroom knocked down 14 points sending the Knights to bed early.
With back to back victories, the Lady Pirates improve to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Head Lady Pirate Coach, Andrew Tencleve said “Our girls are extremely motivated to win a conference championship. We have several goals as a group and winning the conference is the first one. We have to get more consistent especially within games. The way we play is going to lead to runs and dry spells but we have to work towards limiting the stretches when we are not scoring. These next two weeks are very busy with 6 conference games. They know what they have to do. We can’t afford to look ahead because of us already being one game back in the standings and our league being very very solid with several teams capable of beating anyone else on a given night.”
Cedarville Lady Pirate basketball has environmentalists on edge right now as they have the seas they sail boiling on a hot streak. Next up will be the Lady Eagles of Cossatot. The Lady Pirates are focused and not looking past anyone at this point. So bring one, bring all, these Lady Pirates are ready for a brawl.
Photos courtesy of Malinda Mizell