Northwestern improved to 6-1 on the year with a hard-fought 36-24 win at South Pointe. Kelia Shelton scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Trojans.
The game was a defensive battle all night.
Northwestern grabbed the lead to start the second quarter when sophomore guard Xy'Resha Isom scored in the lane.
Shelton pulled down a defensive rebound and drove the length of the court for a layup. Isom followed with a steal and a bucket. Shelton then fed Isom for another easy basket.
Shelton capped the 10-0 second-quarter run with a steal and a score as the Trojans built a 16-7 lead.
It was an odd quarter for South Pointe. The team had several good looks inside, second-chance efforts and played solid defense against Shelton, one of the top players in the state, but just couldn't do much offensively.
"Our plan worked with the exception of getting the ball in the hoop. We just couldn't get one to go down," South Pointe coach Brett Childers said.
"Defensively, we can't do any better than we did against Northwestern."
South Pointe (2-3) cut the lead to five points, at 20-15, in the third quarter. Shanada Adams buried the second of her two triples in the game to aid the rally, but the Trojans countered by scoring the final six points of the frame.
Northwestern ran the lead out to as many as 15 points in the fourth. Amber Stewart scored six of her eight points in the second half and got an 8-2 spurt started with an offensive rebound and a putback.
Shelton, a junior guard who finished with 12 rebounds, three steals and at least two assists, scored on a driving layup and Destiny McClenningham got in on the act with a putback to give the Trojans a 32-17 edge.
"South Pointe missed some gimmes, but I think our defense had something to do with that," Northwestern coach John Bramlett said.
"Our 1-3-1 hurt them a little. They are a hard team to defend. They keep slashing to the basket."
South Pointe will host the Stallion Classic beginning today. They will play host to Buford while Richland-Northeast takes on Chester.
Northwestern will play at 4 p.m. today in the second annual Y.C. Winborn Invitational against Indian Land.