McPhee hurt in GHS win over Eastside

Coach David Gordon and the Gainesville Hurricanes improved to 19-1 on the season with a 66-44 win at Eastside on Thursday.

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Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:04 p.m.

Winners of 19 of their 20 games this season, including Thursday's 66-44 romp at Eastside, the Gainesville Hurricanes certainly have the look of a state contender in Class 6A in girls basketball.

But the latest victory didn't come without a price.

Leading scorer Dej'a McPhee went down with an ankle injury on a drive to the basket late in the second period. Although it appeared to be a sprained ankle, the severity of it will be better known today. Either way, it couldn't come at a worse time for MaxPreps' No. 2 team in the state.

“She has a sprain, hopefully it is not a real severe one,” said Gainesville coach David Gordon. “We will check her tomorrow. We will ice it down tonight and see where we go from there.”

Despite the loss of McPhee, the Hurricanes got a terrific performance from senior guard Marrisa Lee, who hit four of the team's nine 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 21 points. Fellow senior Lashawnda James and sophomore Janiah McKay each had 11 for Gainesville, which picked up its seventh straight win.

Gordon opened the game with tape covering his mouth in the first period as the 'Canes opened a 19-9 lead, led by Lee's 11 points including three treys.

“The kids are always telling me I'm hollering or yelling, so I told them I would give them the opportunity to play without me with so much instructions given,” he said. “They are so used to hearing that. We came out kind of sluggish early so I had to take off the tape.”

Gainesville led 30-18 at the half and doubled the Rams' output by the end of the third, ahead 52-26.

Seniors Jurnee Pettigrew and Tiara Lundy led Eastside (10-9) in scoring with 20 and 14 points, respectively.

“I'm pleased with our defensive effort,” said Rams first-year coach Lance Radford. “That's one of the things coming into the game we wanted to be good and make them run a half-court offense, but we didn't get out and pressure their shooters some of the time in the perimeter and we know they can shoot it. That's what we need to do, be better defensively and better on the boards. We just aren't where we need to be yet.”

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