Orange boys, girls split home doubleheader with DSA
The Orange High Panthers turned up the defensive pressure on Durham School of the Arts’ young guards and ran away with a big non-conference victory Friday.
Orange pressured its way to a 40-18 halftime lead in a 62-45 home win. Gerrell Satterwhite hit four 3-pointers, three in the first half, to lead all scorers.
DSA’s Ariel Wilson scored a game-high 29 points in the girls’ game, collecting all but 10 of her team’s points in a 39-27 win. Tamara Hall had six rebounds and four steals for the Bulldogs while Deja Booth and Deja Johnson each had 7 points for Orange.
The Panther boys blitzed DSA early with their full-court press. Orange scored the game’s first 13 points and had 24 by the end of the first quarter.
“We’ve been working really hard in practice to pick up our defensive pressure,” said Orange head coach Greg Motley. “We thought the kids did a great job of coming out and putting some pressure on them tonight.”
The Bulldogs settled down and began attacking the press, but the early deficit proved too large to overcome.
“Once we got it to the middle, we turned, looked and got some easy baskets (against the press),” said DSA coach Chris Lockamy.
Satterwhite hit three straight 3’s to end the first quarter, giving Orange a large working margin for the rest of the night.
“That was big,” Motley said. “We think we’re got some really shooters on this team but we struggle to shoot the ball sometimes. It was good to see (Satterwhite) come out and knock down some open shots.”
Jalen Pittman forced three steals and added 10 points while Matt Gattis had a team-high nine rebounds to go along with six points and three steals for Orange.
Senior James Marshall led the Bulldogs with 10 points. Markez Melvin added nine.
“Everything we did wrong tonight is fixable,” said Lockamy. “I’ve got a bunch of confidence in my guys. Take nothing away from Orange, they’ve got a bunch of athletes. They’ve got football size and we don’t have football. Size and experience matter in this game.”
DSA will play at Mt. Zion today while Orange will return to action Wednesday at the Eastern Guilford Holiday Tournament.
Orange 62, DSA 45 (Boys)
DURHAM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS — Dejon Rodgers 7, Markez Melvin 9, James Marshall 10, Terrance Reddick 7, Bryce Griffin 2, Shean Thorpe 3, Dominique Moody 4, Jayson Jackson 6.
ORANGE — Jawan Chambers 6, Gerrell Satterwhite 14, Jalen Pittman 10, Matt Gattis 6, Sean Motley 8, Keegan Crabtree 2, J.D. Brooks 6, Andrew Toney 6, Eryk Dean 4.
Records—Orange 3-5, 0-0 Carolina 6 3-A Conference, DSA 2-3, 2-1 Carolina 12 1-A/2-A Conference.
DSA 39, Orange 27 (Girls)
DURHAM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS — Ariel Wilson 29, Tamara Hall 3, Sydney Harris 2, Crystal Clark 4, Angela Travers 1.
ORANGE — Alicia Harris 6, Ashley Halloway 2, Deja Johnson 7, Deja Booth 7, Bryianna Poteat 5.
3-point FG—DSA 1 (Ariel Wilson), Orange 3 (Alicia Harris 2, Deja Booth). Rebounds—DSA, Tamara Hall 6, Steals—DSA, Tamara Hall 4. Assists—DSA, Crystal Clark 4.
Records — Durham School of the Arts 4-1, 2-1 Carolina 12 1-A/2-A Conference. Orange 1-6, 0-0 Carolina 6 3-A Conference.