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PECS girls soar above the competition

Seminoles reach holiday break with just one loss

MOORE HAVEN — Good defense can go a long way toward being the foundation of a successful season.

As the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School carved out another win, it was the team’s defense that shined brightest in the 30-20 win against host Moore Haven Middle School on Dec. 19.

Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School’s Carlee Osceola soars through the lane as she scores in the Seminoles victory against Moore Haven Middle School on Dec. 19 at Moore Haven Middle/High School. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

PECS’s stingy defense held Moore Haven to just three points in the first quarter and two points in the fourth quarter.

Those nearly perfect bookends helped PECS up its record to 6-1 heading into the holiday break.

Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School’s Lason Baker dribbles past a Moore Haven defender. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

Offensively, PECS was led by Lason Baker, who produced two strong halves, scoring seven in the first half and six in the second for a game-high 13 points.

Carlee Osceola poured in eight points while other scoring came from Truley Osceola (4), Preslynn Baker (3) and Willo James (2).

Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School’s Miley Jimmie lines up a jump shot against Moore Haven. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

PECS has won five straight after suffering its only loss to Osceola Middle in the second game of the season. PECS will return to action Jan. 9 at LaBelle.

While the defense was the big story against Moore Haven, consistent and balanced scoring have also fueled the Seminoles’ success.

Preslynn Baker and Carlee Osceola each had eight points against Yearling; Lason Baker racked up 22 points and Preslynn had 14 against West Glades; Candice Melton scored a team-high 10 points and Lason had 8 against LaBelle; and Lason scored 12 points against Clewiston while Candice (6), Truley (5), Preslynn (3), Anyiah Baker (2), Yani Smith (2) and Willo (2) also contributed.

Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School’s Truley Osceola wrestles the ball away from a Moore Haven player. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School’s Jana Johnson tries to control the ball before it goes out of bounds. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at