Northside girls end season

Published 9:26 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The Northside girls lost to a 1A opponent for the first time all season in Tuesday’s fourth round state tournament defeat, 60-44, at top-seeded Bertie High School Tuesday.

The fourth seeded Panthers (18-3) fell behind 7-0 to start the game and leading scorer Mariah Jones went to the bench with two early fouls.

Bertie (22-4) stretched the lead to 20-13 after the first quarter and 33-22 at halftime.

“We put ourselves in an early hole with foul trouble and turnovers and never dug out,” coach Michelle Leathers said. “Bertie is very athletic and they forced us into turnovers we don’t usually make.”

The Panthers cut the deficit to nine twice in the second half, but the Falcons responded both times to quickly push the lead back into double digits.

“We couldn’t handle their quickness and just didn’t show up in general,” Leathers said. “I’m disappointed for tonight, but we still had a great season.”

Seniors Shyanne Buck (14) and Paige Sawyer (10) scored double figures for Northside. Jones, saddled with foul trouble all night, finished with a season-low six points.

Bertie hosts second-seeded Wilson Prep Saturday for the right to advance to the 1A state title game.