Prep Basketball: McIntosh sweeps NorthgateBy DOUG GORMAN
The McIntosh basketball teams came into Northgate Tuesday night and put on a shooting clinic from 3-point territory.
In the end, it was the biggest reason why McIntosh earned a Region 3B-AAAAA sweep, as the girls team won 46-17 and the boys squad prevailed 61-45.
McIntosh improved to 14-5 overall and 10-1 in league play, while Northgate dropped to 5-12 and 3-8.
Jordan Lyons was unstoppable in the first quarter, connecting on three of the long-range jumpers. Robbin Duff and Joey Bolen also hit first-quarter treys as the Chiefs built a 21-8 lead.
The Vikings kept the game close early after Luke Montzel and Andrew Evans each converted on 3-point shots to close the gap to four points each time.
Evan’s shot cut the lead to 12-8, but the Chiefs went on a 9-0 run to close out the first quarter.
McIntosh extended the lead to 33-22 at the break, but the Vikings put together their best basketball right before the end of the first half.
Northgate picked up its intensity after a technical foul on the Vikings’ bench and closed out the half on a 11-4 run.
Two Vikings finished in double figures. Motzel led the way with 11 points including six of Northgate’s 13 points in the third quarter. Wendall Watson added 10 points for the Vikings.
Lyons finished the night with 19 points to lead all scorers after hitting four 3-pointers. Will Washington added 13 points en route to the Chiefs win.
“What we really have to do is put this game behind us,” Northgate coach Mack Cain said. “We still have a lot of basketball to be played.”
McIntosh put the game out of reach in the third quarter after outscoring the Vikings 18-13 to build a 51-35 lead.
Just like in the first half, McIntosh got some timely 3-point shooting as Duff hit two treys and Joey Bolen hit one.
“We played hard, but they just did a really good job of shooting the basketball,” Cain said.
Both teams scored 10 points each in the fourth quarter as McIntosh kept control of its half of the subregion.
Jacob Robinson did most of the damage for the Vikings over the final eight minutes scoring eight of the team’s points.
Robinson connected on two 3-point shots and both free throw attempts to get into the scoring column for the Vikings.
• Lady Chiefs 46, Lady Vikings 17
If the Northgate Lady Vikings learned anything about playing McIntosh in the Region 4B-AAAAA contest, it was stick close to sharp-shooting point guard Gabby Seiler.
Seiler didn’t have much of a problem getting open along the baseline against Northgate, and she made Northgate pay.
After scoring just two points in the first quarter, the McIntosh senior drilled six three-pointers in the second period en route to helping her team pull away.
Seiler finished the game with eight, 3-pointers and 26 points to lead all scorers while sitting out the final period with her team ahead 43-15.
Taylor Kidner scored the first basket of the game to give the Lady Vikings a 2-0 lead. Amber Radda gave the squad their last lead of the game at 4-2, before the Lady Chiefs went on a 5-0 run to build a 7-4 advantage.
The Lady Chiefs put the game out of reach thanks to Seller’s offensive explosion in the second quarter helping McIntosh led 34-13 at the break.
Northgate had trouble with its offense throughout the night as only four players scored in the loss.
Ebonee Echols led the way for the Lady Vikings with seven points, five coming in the second quarter. Northgate managed just four points in the second half.
With the win, the Chiefs improved to 17-2 overall and 10-1 in the region. Northgate dropped to 4-13 and 2-9.
“We are young, and but we are getting better,” Northgate head coach Matt Trucks said. “We just couldn’t stop them at times tonight.”