Northwestern might have established itself as the class of upstate South Carolina.
With an emphatic, 58-13 girls' championship win in the Y.C. Winborn Holiday Classic against Charlotte's Olympic High, Northwestern improved to 10-1 on the season, including tournament play.
"Our entire team has bought in to defending the whole court, and it's our seniors that are coaching this team, not me," Northwestern coach John Bramlett said Tuesday night. "I'm just enjoying the ride right now."
Right from the opening tip, Northwestern imposed its will upon Olympic, dominating on both sides of the ball.
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The length of Northwestern's front-court outrebounded Olympic on both ends, and held its opponent to just one point in the first quarter. Despite Northwestern's initial cold shooting, it nonetheless opened a 13-1, first-quarter lead.
Everything went right for Northwestern in the second quarter, as it continued to romp.
Sophomore point guard Ieshia Love scored 14 second-quarter points on 6-of-7 shooting, and also utilized her quickness on the defensive end, netting three steals during the quarter.
Olympic didn't fare better in the second quarter offensively, with frequent turnovers and traveling calls leading to a four-point, 2-of-10 shooting performance. By the end of the first half, Northwestern had a commanding 33-point lead.
Midway through the third quarter, Northwestern pulled its starting lineup to give the reserves a chance to net minutes in a runaway game. Olympic added just two third-quarter points to its total in a game that was a blowout from the beginning.