Adams leads Northside past SouthsidePublished 4:45pm Saturday, December 14, 2013
PINETOWN — The Northside girls’ basketball team exploded for a 10-point first quarter lead and never looked back as it blew past rival Southside 62-37 on Friday.
Shooting guard Alex Adams sizzled as she scored the Seahawks for a game-high 26 points. Adams drove to the hoop and showed nice touch from the outside to help up the Panthers record to 4-1.
Kendall Aligood and Rachel Lang each scored 10 for Northside as it jumped out to a 13-3 first-quarter lead and held a 25-11 advantage at halftime.
“We got off to a big start and that’s big for us,” Northside coach Michelle Leathers said. “That’s what we want to do. We want to come out and get into the flow of the game and try to get control early.”
The loss was the third of the week for Southside (1-5), who was led by Breana Blango’s 18 points.
“It was a tough game for us,” Southside coach Bill Lake said. “Even though we didn’t perform the way we wanted to I feel like we got our effort up. The girls all played very hard on the court and I was pleased with that.”
Despite the slow start, Southside managed to put a scare into its rival when it cut the Panthers’ lead to 34-25 with 3:23 left in the third.
“In the third quarter the kids came out and played hard. We got some shots to fall, but then maybe we just ran out of gas,” Lake said.
Northside finished off the final three minutes of the quarter on a 13-2 run to take a 47-27 lead into the fourth and roll to a 62-37 victory.
Southside 3 8 16 10 — 37
Northside 13 12 22 15 — 62
Breana Blango 18, Mourning 6, No. 23 5, No. 10 1, Hardy 2, No. 30 7.
Alex Adams 26, K. Lang 3, Franks 7, Rachel Lang 10, Kendall Aligood 10, Whitley 2, Stanley 4.