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Panthers fend off Seahawks

Published 10:49am Saturday, January 25, 2014


The Northside women’s basketball team pulled out a victory at home against Southside, 57-50.

“In spots we looked very good tonight,” said Southside Head Coach Bill Lake. “We’ve had trouble putting an entire game together and that’s what killed us tonight. We made runs, we had things going our way, then we fall asleep and find ourselves back in a whole.”

Northside’s pair of guards, senior Cheyenne Franks and Alex Adams, ran the Panthers’ offense to perfection, making all the right passes and rarely turning the ball over.

Abria Whitney and post presence Kendall Alligood came up with key baskets down the stretch for the Panthes. Alligood’s rebounding kept Northside in the game and eventually widened the gap in the fourth quarter.

“Kendall is very aggressive. That’s every day at practice she works hard,” said Northside Head Coach Michelle Leathers. “She knows she’s undersized. But really she’s a guard, but I made her into a post.  I’m real proud of her. She’s stayed focused and become a person I can count on.”

The fourth quarter was all Adams. The junior guard hit from range, drew fouls in the paint and racked up the assists. She ended with a game-high 20 points.

“I’m proud of her,” said Leathers. “She’s listening to me. I’m trying to teach her some things about playing and how to be a leader on the floor.”

On the back of Kyajia Mourning, the Seahawks narrowed the deficit to just four points with just 50 seconds left, but couldn’t close.

Mourning finished with 16 points, while Whitney closed with 17.

The Seahawks face the Mariners of East Carteret on Monday. Then, East Carteret heads to Northside to take on the Panthers.

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