Pinewood was a little short-handed Wednesday.
But it didn't matter as the defending Central Coast Section Open Division champions raced to a 59-31 win at Priory in its West Bay Athletic League opener.
Pinewood had seven players in uniform and suffered injuries to two of its available players during the game. The Panthers were also without head coach Doc Scheppler, who was home a bit under the weather after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day.
"My assistant coaches are the best around,'' Scheppler said after being contacted by phone. "They bring a wealth of knowledge and have a great relationship with the girls. They tell them the truth.''
Pinewood (6-1) led only 10-8 late in the first quarter before going on a 34-3 run to make it a 44-11 blowout late in the third quarter.
Elle Ladine, who has committed to the University of Washington, led the way with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Emily Lee scored 13 points and had six rebounds. Sophomore Alex Facelo, getting playing time after a starting guard was sidelined following a positive COVID test, hit three 3s and scored 11 points.
"She's our best shooter,'' Scheppler said. "She can put up Hannah Jump numbers during drills.''
Point guard Jade Ramirez had nine points and four assists.
Pinewood made 8 of 29 3-point attempts and was 24 of 61 overall.
Shamira Bidaye, an international boarding student at Priory (5-4, 1-1) who recently became eligible, led the team in scoring with seven points. Valentina Saric, a transfer from Pinewood and Morehead State commit who came in averaging 22.9 points per game on the season, managed only four points.
"We were averaging 56 points per game and they held us to half that,'' Priory coach Buck Matthews said. "People talk about their offense, but what they don't understand is how connected they are. You always know what you're going to get from Pinewood, heart and effort. They just wanted it more.''
Matthews will attempt to use the experience to his team's benefit as the season unfolds.
"I told the team, at the end of the day you don't win a championship in December or January,'' Matthews said.