Northwestern used an up-tempo offense to run away from cross-town rival Rock Hill for a 63-34 home victory in Region 3-AAAA action Friday.
The Lady Trojans constantly pushed the ball up the court and most of the time, the result was an open jump shot or interior layup.
In addition to the offensive flow, the Northwestern defense was also crucial in forcing a rash of turnovers.
"We were very good at getting the ball in transition; that got us going well. We saw a good group of senior leadership from our team tonight," Northwestern coach John Bramlett said.
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"Getting the ball up the court like that is how we got to play. We also have to play at least 14 or 15," in order to main constant defensive pressure.
Northwestern, 11-5 and 2-1 in region play, actually was able to put the game in cruise control with a 24-4 first-quarter lead. Rock Hill did generate momentum with the first six points of the second quarter. Zakiah Knoz grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to cut the deficit to 24-12.
However, that would be as close the deficit would be.
The Lady Trojans reeled off 16 unanswered points to put the game out of reach with a 40-12 advantage with 1:00 remaining before the half.
ROCK HILL 34
ROCK HILL -- Demmie White 2, Anita Brown 4, Zakira Knox 4, Whitney Mitchell 11, Raven Smith 1, Kennidra Young 6, Jasmine Crockett 6.
NORTHWESTERN -- Candace Caldwell 4, Sha'shay Alexander 8, Iesha Love 2, Cayce Branyon 3, Natalie Henderson 8, Xy'Resha Isom 8,Antonisha Hardy 6, Mariah McCoy 9, Ikeria Miller 2, Tori Pierce 6.
3-pointers -- Rock Hill 3 (Mitchell 3); Northwestern 4 (Isom 2, Hardy, McCoy). Fouled out -- Rock Hill 1 (Young). Total fouls -- Rock Hill 14, Northwestern 12.
Records: Northwestern 11-5, 2-1; Rock Hill 3-13, 0-3.