– By TAYLOR ROBINS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northgate hoops gave its all against South Paulding in a Region 5-AAAAAA game, but the home team ended the night without a win on Friday.
South Paulding 52, Northgate 39
The Spartans (4-9, 3-3) padded their lead against the Vikings (3-9, 0-6) in the last quarter. Cameron Armstrong got his second dunk of the night with 6:21 left in the game, giving South Paulding a 39-32 lead. The dunk resulted in a technical foul on the Spartans, and Northgate’s Perez McLaughlin was given two free throws, which he sunk.
Northgate’s Jonah French hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in the game to finish the 52-39 score.
After ending the opening quarter ahead of the Spartans 13-9, Northgate slipped in the following quarter.
Vikings sunk all six of their free throws in the first quarter. Matt Mitchell sunk two points with McLaughlin sinking the remainder.
With 7:29 left in the first half, South Paulding tied the game of the second time at 13-13 with an Armstrong slam dunk. They held that lead for about five minutes, until Northgate’s Devontae Johnson tied the game again at 19-19. It took the Spartans 15 seconds to take back the lead, with a Thomas Marshall bucket, and they never looked back. The Spartans ended the half with a small 25-20 lead.
Mitchell and McLaughlin kept the Vikings in the game in the third quarter. McLaughlin sunk 2-of-4 free throws after a technical foul.
McLaughlin (17 points) was the leading scorer for the game and Northgate. Armstrong (14 points) and Shane Gibson (14 points) were the top scorers for South Paulding.
Lady Spartans 48, Lady Vikings 28
Northgate’s Chasidhe Godfrey started the game off right with a 3-pointer, with just 48 seconds into the game. The Lady Vikings (3-10, 0-6) didn’t have much offensive luck in the first frame, ending it behind the South Paulding (10-2, 6-0)18-5.
Alexa Wilder scored the last points in the first two frames for the Lady Vikings. She scored a basket at the 1:22 mark in the first quarter, bringing Northgate to a 13-5 score. In the second quarter Wilder sunk 1-of-2 free throws, ending the half’s scoring at 26-16 in the Lady Spartans favor.
South Paulding offense dominated in the first frame. However, the girls seemed to slow down as they went from scoring 18 points in the first quarter to eight points in the second.
Both Northgate and South Paulding suffered from wild offense, rebounds and under-the-net scoring.
The Lady Spartans defense came back from halftime and completely shut Northgate out of the third quarter. The home team scored nothing, while the Lady Spartans advanced to a 36-16, 20- point lead.
Although the game ended with South Paulding maintaining its scoring gap, the Lady Vikings fought hard, almost doubling their total points.
Godfrey led the home team with 11 points, while the feisty Leai Robinson totaled 7 points.
Kayla Frey (14 points) and Bre’l Mackey (13 points) were leading scorers for the Lady Spartans.