Lady Vikings battle but fall
by Doug Gorman
The Northgate Lady Vikings basketball teams dropped to 1-1 Tuesday night with a 40-32 loss to visiting Mt. Zion-Jonesboro in a Region 4-AAAAA cross -over game.
For Northgate, it came down to too many turnovers and not enough chances at the free throw line.
'We fought hard and the effort was there, but we have some things we really have to still work on,' said Matt Trucks.
Ebonee Echols was 4 of 10 from the free throw line in the final period, but she was the only player who went to the line over the last eight minutes.
'We have to do a better job of taking the ball to the hole,' Trucks said. 'They got to the line and we didn't. That was the difference in the game.'
The Lady Vikings also turned the ball over 28 times to Mt. Zions 16.
Northgate never let the game get out of hand, but it spent most of the contest playing trying to catch up.
Katie Mitchell's 3-point basket and Amber Radda shot from inside were the only baskets from the field Northgate made in the first quarter as it fell behind 7-6.
Mt. Zion pushed the lead to 17-12 at the break.
Northgate rallied in the third quarter, tying the game at 24. Echols got hot, scoring six points.
Lyric Underwood gave the Lady Viking their first lead of the game when she took a pass from Mitchell and put the Vikings up 19-17.
Tynesha Parks play helped Mt. Zion put some distance between itself and Northgate. The Lady Bulldogs senior was 7 of 12 from the line in the final quarter.
Echols led Northgate with 11 points. Underwood finished with 8. Parks lead all scores with 17.
'The good thing is it is early in the season,' he said. 'It's a region cross-over game, and its a loss, but we can learn from this.