Coming into this week’s Region 5-6A tournament on an extended losing streak dating back to the end of November, Northgate’s girls basketball team hit the reset button and defeated South Paulding to advance to tonight’s quarterfinal round.
Entering as the tournament’s No. 9 seed, the Lady Vikings snapped a 12-game winless drought with a 43-25 victory over No. 8 South Paulding to keep its season alive.
Northgate’s previous victory was also against South Paulding on Nov. 27.
The Lady Vikings (5-18) now look to pull off a much bigger potential upset on Wednesday while facing second-seeded New Manchester with a berth in the Class 6A state tournament on the line.
The win was equally a boost of confidence for a young roster that has been limited to two seniors — Olivia Rankin and Karsyn Burdette for the majority of the season after losing top scorer Gwenyth Cook to a hand injury in the first victory over South Paulding.