The Northwestern girls dominated in every phase of the basketball game as the final score indicated in an 82-12 rout over Boiling Springs on Tuesday at the Northwestern gymnasium.
Defensively, Northwestern not only suffocated the Bulldogs, but also set the tone with numerous transition points.
Boiling Springs was finally able to reach double-figures when Shakia Smith sank a 3-point jumper with 1:20 remaining in the contest.
Northwestern coach John Bramlett said that defense has always been the staple for the Trojans success.
In our three games thus far, we have been averaging 25 turnovers to our opponents, including the number-two team in the state when we played against Dorman, Bramlett said.
So if nothing else, we will play defense.
Northwestern, 2-1, started strong with 29 first-quarter points and 45 at the half. Meanwhile, Boiling Springs could only generate two points each in the first three quarters and found themselves in a huge hole with a 65-6 deficit.
From that point, the only question was whether or not the Bulldogs could score in double-figures as a team. With only seven points with less than 2:00 remaining, Boiling Springs got its 10th point with Smiths 3-pointer.
Mariah McCoy paced a balanced Trojans attack with 15 points while guard Iesha Love followed with 10.
Northwestern will attempt to avenge their lone loss this Friday night with a home game against Dorman.
Northwestern 82, Boiling Springs 12
Boiling Springs -Shakia Smith 5, Schyler Wilkins 2, Kayla Hill 1, Dimanis Lattimore 2.
Northwestern - Iesha Love 10, Aubriana Thompson 4, Ashley Vanboven 4, Whitney Conner 2, Cayse Branyon 12, Natalie Henderson 4, Shashay Alexander 7, London Minor 4, Paige Samuelson 8, Mariah McCoy 15, Courtney Cunningham-Heath 6, Tyler Kent 6.
3-pointers - Boiling Springs 1 (Smith 1), Northwestern 1 (McCoy 1). Team fouls - Northwestern 7, Boiling Springs 12. Fouled out - None.
Records: Northwestern 2-1
York 49, Indian Land 45
The Cougars had a trio of players score 12 points each to spearhead a win over Indian Land.
York trailed by one point with 52 seconds remaining, but Lilashsa Dervin made four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.York improved to 3-0 on the year with the victory.
York - Carrie Lee Lancaster 12, Lilasha Dervin 12, Kelondra Lytle 12, Jada Mobley-Weeks 7, Sarah Latham 4, Alawna Orr 1, Keatra Jamison 1.
Indian Land - Shaken Dougherty 8, Kate Komoreos 2, MiAsia McCarter 12, Asha McIlwain 6, Jessica Reynolds 10, Kendra Nesmith 7
Records: York 3-0
Fairfield Central 58, Chester 54
Jada Martin scored 15 points and led the Griffins to a narrow win over Chester. Christian Thom added 12 points, including a trio of 3-point goals.
Shaterrica Mayfield led Chester with 12 points. The Cyclones trailed by 11 points after one period, but solid defense got them back in the game.
Fairfield Central - Chyna Moore 8, Chelsea Siebles 6, Jada Martin 15, Tanise Davis 10, Christian Thom 11, Raben Rivers 8.
Chester - Shaterrica Mayfield 12, Shannon Snelgrove 5, Donnesha Crockett 10, Britnee Stinson 1, Porcelain Goldsborough 5, Alexus Young 6, Tericka Sanders 7, Diamond Simpson 2, Browniee McCrorey 6.
3-point goals - Fairfield Central 3 (Thom 3), Chester 0, Team fouls - Fairfield Central 26, Chester 24.
Fouled out - Rivers (Fairfield Central)..
Records: Chester 1-2.
Gaffney 77, Rock Hill 70
Tee Hardy scored 27 points to lead three players in double figures as the Indians earned a hard-fought road win over the Bearcats.
Rock Hill jumped to a 17-9 lead after one period, but Gaffney closed the deficit to three by intermission. The Indians tied the count after three periods, and pulled away in the final quarter for the win.
Nate Mobley was the offensive star for the Cats with 24 points. Jaylen Reid added 18 points for Rock Hill.
Gaffney - Tee Hardy 27, T. Smith 4, H. Moss 6, Daquan McNeil 12, Dawkins 7, Phillips 2, S. Davidson 6, Cobby McDowell 10, Foster 3.
Rock Hill - Nate Motley 24, Jaylen Reid 18, Roderick Howell 12, Vinson 6, Fleming 5, Whitlock 2, Crawford 2.
3-point goals - Gaffney 2 (Moss 1, Foster 1), Rock Hill 3 (Vinson 2, Reid 1).
Great Falls 45, Buford 43
Great Falls moved to 2-0 on the young season with a come-from-behind win over the Buford Yellow Jackets.
The Red Devils trailed by eight points entering the final period. They tied the game at 41 with 55 seconds remaining on a basket by Clark Schofield and then got free throws from three players down the stretch to hang on for the win.
D. D. Boulware made two of the charity tosses, while Schofield and O. B. Holmes each made one for coach John Smiths team.
Buford - D. Williams 8, O. Coleman 5, M. McKinney 3, N. Saxon 6, C. Lacey 9, K. Pate 12.
Great Falls - D. D. Boulware 9, Jamarcus Culp 14, Mardre Dean 12, Tyjai Woodard 3, O.B. Holmes 2, Clark Schofield 3, Chris Culp 2.
3-point goals - Buford 2 (Pate 2), Great Falls 2 (Culp 1, Woodard 1). Team fouls - Buford 10, Great Falls 18.
Fouled out - NONE.
Records: Great Falls 2-0
York 71, Indian Land 65
The Cougars avenged an earlier loss against Indian Land by edging the Warriors on the road.
Durice Simpson led the way for York, which improved to 2-1 on the year, with 25 points. Deshaw Andrews added 22 points. Hayden Sawyer led Indian Land with 19 points.
York 71 - Markell Castle 8, Durice Simpson 25, Matt Ransom 3, Deshaw Andrews 22, Kayion Schrounder 13.
Indian Land 65 - Lee McCall 7, Hayden Sawyer 19, Rakum Felder 10, Darnell Rogers 18, Connor Butler 2.
The Naton Ford Falcons dropped a pair of close matches against Independence and Weddington in a tri-meet.
Collin Godbout, Elliott Wallace, Michael Allen, and Nick Raniszewski had wins against both Independence and Weddington.
Independence 39, Nation Ford 33
106 - Harrison Vandiver (NF) pinned Jason Merli, 113 - C. J. Keller (I) forfeit win, 120 - Collin Godbout (NF) pinned Waleed Alkoor, 126 - Robert Merli (I) forfeit win, 132 - Elliot Wallace (NF) dec. Chris Jordan 8-5, 138 - Michael Allen (NF) dec. Devin Taylor 7-4, 145 - Houston Vandiver (NF) pinned Carl Zeitler, 152 - Nick Raniszewski (NF) dec. Christian Witte 4-2, 160 - Cody Carter (NF) pinned Levi Shepard, 170 - Tayshon Risher (I) dec. Brady Hensley 10-3, 182 - Joshua Matos (I) medical forfeit win over Tyler Godbout, 195 - David Byrd (I) forfeit win, 220 - Demetree Hardison (I) forfeit win, 285 - Trey Morris (I) pinned James Twedt.
Weddington 42, Nation Ford 33
106 - Parker Walton (W) pinned Harrison Vandiver, 113 - George Kling (W) forfeit win, 120 - Collin Godbout (NF) forfeit win, 126 - Zane Peery (W) forfeit win, 132 - Elliot Wallace (NF) pinned Michael Hartman, 138 - Michael Allen (NF) pinned Buc Ballard, 145 - Kyle Deacon (W) pinned Houston Vandiver, 152 - Nick Raniszewski (NF) dec. Maliek Caple 3-1, 160 - Hunter Perkins (W) pinned Cody Carter, 170 - double forfeit, 182 - Brady Hensley (NF) pinned Harrison Miles, 195 - Evan Burke (W) forfeit win, 220 - Caleb Adams (W) forfeit win, 285 - James Twedt (NF) forfeit win.
EIGHTH GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL
Banks Trail 32, Oakridge 25
Compiled by Sam Copeland