Manteo basketball squads split with Camden on Senior Night 

By on February 20, 2024

Manteo senior guard Sydnee Ballance (#2) drilled 4 straight game saving free throws Friday to beat Camden. (Photos by Left Field Photography)
Faith Underwood (#11) of Camden tries to dribble around Symaria Howard (#11) of Manteo. (Photos by Left Field Photography)
Manteo honored their outgoing Seniors Sydnee Ballance (#2), CC Lowe (#4), and Angelica Landazuri (#13). (Photos by Left Field Photography)
Taylor Granitzki (#4) of Manteo coverts a layup versus Camden Friday night. (Photos by Left Field Photography)
Camden guard Xzavior Wiggins (#14) elevates at the basket in their win over Manteo. (Photos by Left Field Photography)
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By Mike Brisson | Left Field Photography
Outer Banks Voice

The Manteo High women’s and men’s varsity basketball teams welcomed Camden on Friday evening, Feb. 16.  While the men’s roster this year consisted of no seniors, the women’s team celebrated Senior Night honoring shooting guard Sydnee Ballance (#2), center CC Lowe (#4), and center Angelica Landazuri (#13).

For the women’s team, the seniors carried the night.  They scored early and often, opening up a double-digit lead before Camden was able to score a single point. Manteo was on fire offensively, and its impenetrable defense held Camden to an extremely low shooting percentage. The score at halftime was 19-8.

Camden chipped away in the 3rd quarter as their shots finally began to fall. Guard Faith Underwood (#11) led the way for the Bruins hitting both jump shots and three pointers.  With 30 seconds remaining in the final period, Manteo clung to a four-point advantage, but Camden started fouling to stretch the clock. Senior sharpshooter Sydnee Ballance (#2) sealed the win, hitting four straight free throws.  Ballance scored 15 points for Manteo, and senior CC Lowe added 7.  Manteo hung on for a 39-32 emotional win over Camden.

For their part, the Manteo men’s team played a very strong first half.  They dominated the boards and kept the Camden offense at bay. They led by one point after the first quarter and only trailed by three at the half.

Camden eventually found the touch behind the contributions of point guard J’ron Pendleton (#5) and shooting guard Xzavior Wiggins (#14). After three quarters, the Bruins had a 50-36 lead.  They implemented a full-court press in the final quarter causing several Manteo turnovers and went on to a 63-44 victory.

Standouts for the Manteo men’s team were junior Taylor Granitzki (#4) with 20 points and 8 rebounds, as well as freshman Zay Williams (#5) with 9 points and 3 rebounds.

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