High School Basketball
Underwood leads Lady Vikings to win over Ola
Lyric Underwood’s fourth double-double of the young season helped Northgate’s girls basketball team pull out a 47-30 win over Ola in a Region 4-AAAAA crossover game as the Lady Vikings improved their record to 3-2.
Northgate led 11-5 at the end of the first quarter and 17-12 at the half, but held the Lady Mustangs to just seven points in the third quarter and pulled out to a 33-17 lead heading into the final period.
Lyric Underwood turned in her fourth double-double of the year, and finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. She also had five assists.
Amber Radda added 10 points en route to the win.
Ebonee Echols added eight points and six steals.
Katie Mitchell added 6 points and seven assists.
Northgate plays Friday at home against Union Grove.
HERITAGE SCHOOL (GIRLS) 47, FLINT RIVER 42: At home, the Lady Hawks held on for a their first victory over Flint River in four years while outscoring the Lady Wildcats 12-9 in the fourth quarter after seeing a 30-26 halftime lead trimmed to just two after three periods.
Lillie Smith led six Heritage scorers with a 15-point effort that included a pair of three-pointers and freshman guard Kara Groover added 11 in the victory. Smith was also 3 of 4 from the free-throw line and added five rebounds and two steals.
Groover added eight of the Lady Hawks’ 16 steals in the victory while Amanda Windom led Heritage with seven rebounds.
TRINITY CHRISTIAN (GIRLS) 50, GRIFFIN CHRISTIAN 31: Ashley Caldwell, Sara Bryan and Sirena Eller all finished in double-digits as the Lady Lions (1-0) won its season opener at home.
Trinity’s girls jumped ahead 22-14 at halftime and began to pull away late in the third quarter led by Caldwell’s game-high 19 points. She added eight rebounds and four steals.
Bryan, meanwhile, flirted with a triple-double for Trinity while pulling down a team-high 12 rebounds. The senior added nine points and six assists.
Eller added 10 points in the victory while Kaylee Grace had six for the Lady Lions.
GRIFFIN CHRISTIAN (BOYS) 70, TRINITY CHRISTIAN 43: Spencer Bryan had a team-high 12 points and senior Daniel Jones and Luke Hammock each chimed in 10 apiece for the Lions, but it wasn’t enough to hold off a Griffin Christian team that has opened the season with six straight wins, none closer than seven points.
The Crusaders, who tied for a No. 1 ranking in the first GISA Coaches’ Class AA Poll of the 2013-14 season, were coming off a 74-49 victory over The Heritage School on Nov. 25. Griffin Christian jumped out to leads of 20-9 after one quarter and 43-22 at halftime.