High School Basketball
Northgate girls rally past Our Lady of Mercy
Trailing through three quarters while struggling defensively, Northgate's girls basketball team ramped up the pressure and pulled through for a 47-41 victory at Our Lady of Mercy on Friday while gearing up for another non-region showdown closer to home today against county rival East Coweta starting at 5 p.m. with girls action.
Against OLM, the Lady Vikings saw an early four-point deficit expand to seven by halftime in an atypical game where its shooting - rather than its stingy defense - kept the team in range.
'It's probably been a long, long time since a Northgate team scored 14 points in a first quarter,' said Lady Vikings head coach Matt Trucks. 'We worked the ball around and made good shots. In the second half we did a much better job defensively. They have three good guards and we really gave them nothing in transition in the second half. We tried to make them play half court.'
Katie Mitchell led Northgate (8-10) with 16 points and Ebonee Echols added 13 to try and match Mercy's guard play. Up front, Rose Barrera and Sydney Wells each chimed in nine apiece in a balanced effort where Northgate pulled ahead 39-38 in the final period after trailing 35-33 after three quarters.
'It was good for us to get one back after the Starr's Mill [loss] on Tuesday,' Trucks said.
The win also snapped a threegame losing streak, all against Region 4B-AAAAA opponents.
TRINITY CHRISTIAN (BOYS) 62, HOLY SPIRIT 48: After watching an early six-point lead vanish by halftime on the road, Trinity Christian's boys basketball team could have easily faded against a Region 1-AAA opponent.
The Lions only got stronger in the final two quarters.
Reestablishing a three-point advantage to start the final period, the team put together a 23-point effort en route to its second win of the season as well as a breakthrough win in 1-AAA.
While picking up a team-high 18 points from Daniel Jones and 17 from teammate Korey McGinnis, the Lions improved to 1-1 in the region and 2-12 overall heading into Tuesday's trip to 1-AAA foe Loganville Christian.
HERITAGE SCHOOL (GIRLS) 42, DOMINION CHRISTIAN 8: On the road in Marietta in a Region 1-AAA game, the Lady Hawks took their defense to an unthinkable level while staying unbeaten at 3-0.
Heritage shut out Dominion (1-10, 0-4) through halftime, taking an impressive 25-0 lead into the break in a dominating effort from freshman guard Kara Groover.
Groover came three rebounds shy of a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, 13 steals and seven rebounds while also adding four assists in the victory.
It came with Heritage (11-3 overall) struggling a bit from the field, hitting just 25-percent of its shots and finishing 6 of 15 from the free-throw line.
Karlee Groover added 10 points for the Lady Hawks, who also picked up six from Zofia Powell and four each from Maggie Crosby, Abbie Farr and Amanda Windom.
DOMINION CHRISTIAN (BOYS) 54, HERITAGE SCHOOL 50: On the road, the Hawks fought back from a seven-point deficit after one quarter, heading into halftime trailing 30-27 and playing even with the Knights (8-7, 3-1) in the second half only to drop their first Region 1-AAA game of the season.
Heritage fell to 8-5 overall and 2-1 in 1-AAA despite a team-high 21 points from sophomore center Cole Jones, who added eight rebounds, two steals and a block. Teammate Rich Yancey also had 12 points and nine rebounds on a night where the Hawks connected on 56-percent of their shots inside the 3-point line.
HOLY SPIRIT (GIRLS) 43, TRINITY CHRISTIAN 31: The Lady Lions were forced to play catch up early, falling behind 17-3 in the first quarter and nearly making it all the way back even by halftime, trailing just 21-17.
Ashley Caldwell led Trinity with 13 points and Sara Bryan added nine while falling to 7-6 overall and 0-1 in region play.