Northgate teams fall to Starr's Mill

by Doug Gorman

After waiting more than a week to play a pair of Region 4B-AAAAA contests, Starr's Mill basketball teams spoiled Northgate's Senior Night with two impressive victories on Wednesday in a meeting rescheduled from last week's winter storm.

The Panthers rallied from an early four-point deficit to knock off the Vikings 70-55, while the Lady Vikings fell 45-22.

The Starr's Mill boys avenged its 57-53 loss to Northgate at home, but had to battle back from an early 8-point deficit much like the Lady Panthers in Wednesday's opener.

The loss dropped the Vikings to 3-10 against 4-AAAAA teams and 8-14 overall while Starr's Mill improved its respective records to 5-8 and 7-15.

Early on, Northgate's boys looked to continue the momentum from its previous meeting with the Panthers as two 3-point shots from Jacob Robinson and another from Aldrickus Evans to help build a 16-8 advantage.Instead, it signaled the end of the Vikings' early run.

After Northgate's Robinson hit his third and final 3-pointer of the night to give the Vikings a 21-20 lead, the Panthers went on a 21-2 run led by 13 points from 6-foot-7 senior center Jeremiah Vrudny that included three dunks.

By halftime, the Starr's Mill lead was 43-25.

Vrundy led all scorers with 38 points. Teammate David Watson added 15.

Despite its offensive drought, especially in the second quarter, Northgate tried to battle back by hitting six 3-point shots including two by Evans, who finished with 14 points.

Robinson added 13 points after hitting three treys.

After falling behind 58-40 at the end of the third quarter, Northgate played some of its best basketball in the final period, cutting the Panthers' lead down to 10 on a basket by Alex Rutherford.

Starr's Mill, however, closed out the game with a 15-3 run.

Starr's Mill 45, Northgate 22 (girls): The Lady Vikings (7-16, 1-12) played catch up for most of Wednesday against their region rival after Starr's Mill (17-5, 11-2) outscored Northgate 14-0 in the first quarter while scoring the first 21 points of the game.

By halftime, the Lady Panther lead was at 25-4 after limiting the Lady Vikings to just four field goals in the game.

Starr's Mill improved to 17-5 and 11-2.

Two minutes into the second quarter, the Lady Vikings finally got on the scoreboard on Rose Barrera's 3-pointer that finally gave Northgate momentum. Down 21-3, the team outscored Starr's Mill 11-8 to pull within 13 in the third quarter on Barrera's second trey of the game.

Barrera and junior Ebonee Echols each finished with 10 points.

Twelve players scored for Starr's Mill with Lexie Pappas tossing in a team-high eight points while Katie Buck had seven.

Northgate closes out its regular season tonight with a game at Creekside.

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