High School Basketball
Lady Vikings end season with loss to Mundy's Mill
by Doug Gorman
FAYETTEVILLE—The Northgate Lady Vikings’ season came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 54-44 loss to Mundy’s Mill in the Region 4-AAAAA play-in game at Whitewater High School.
After falling to the Lady Tigers in the regular season, Northgate didn’t go down quietly, trading shots and the lead with Mundy’s Mill until late in the fourth quarter.
Sydney Wells connected on back-to-back 3-pointers early in the final period to push the Lady Vikings to a final 37-35 lead.
The Lady Tigers took over from there, outscoring Northgate 19-7 down the stretch to end
Northgate’s 2013-14 season at 7-18 overall.
The Lady Tigers advance to play Starr’s Mill Monday at 8:30 p.m. when the Region 4-AAAAA tournament moves to McIntosh.
Northgate’s boys were vying to reach the region tournament late Saturday in a play-in game against Forest Park. A score was unavailable at deadline.
In its final game of the season, the Lady Vikings went out with one of its best shooting performances of the season as four players combined for eight 3-pointers.
“We have been shooting the ball really well,” said Northgate head coach Matt Trucks. “The ball movement has been really good.”
Mundy’s Mill, however, used its size to its advantage for the second straight meeting against the Lady Vikings, who battled in a 50-47 loss on Nov. 20 in Jonesboro.
“When you start going after rebounds and you are giving up four inches on girls, that is a big advantage for them,” Trucks said.
Junior Katie Mitchell finished the game with three of the team’s 3-pointers with Rose Barrera and Ebonee Echols also connecting from long range.
Mundy’s Mill led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter and 26-25 at the break, but it took a last second basket by Kiana Glenn to give the Lady Tigers the lead at the half.
Seconds earlier, Northgate took its last lead of the first half when Echols converted two free throws to give Lady Vikings the 25-24 lead.
Mundy’s Mill only lead 33-31 at the end of the third quarter when both teams went into a shooting slump.
The Lady Vikings’ six periods in the third quarter came on just two field goals by Mitchell and Echols, both 3-pointers.
“Defense definitely kept us in the game in the third,” Trucks said.
Three players finished in double figures for the Lady Vikings with Echols leading the way
with 13 points. Wells and Mitchell each scored 11 and Barrera closed out her high school career with 9 points.
Along with Barrera, Northgate’s seniors include Amber Radda and Quianna Leblanc.
Alisha Tolbert finished with 17 and Kelsee Arnold added 14 to pace the Lady Tigers.
“I am really proud of them,” Trucks said. “They fought their tails off and stuck to the game plan.”
LADY TIGERS 54, LADY VIKINGS 44
NORTHGATE 11 14 6 13—44
MUNDY’S MILL 12 14 7 21—54
NORTHGATE—Echols 13, Wells 11, Barrera 9, Mitchell 11
MUNDY’S MILL—Jackson 6, Arnold 14, Glenn 8, Thomas 3, Tolbert 17, Johnson 6