North Point girls swim team ends L-town’s 153meet win streak

Hope, Ea­gles win fourth straight

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - CHAR­LIE WRIGHT Spe­cial to the In­de­pen­dent

North Point cruised to a 68-39 win over Great Mills on Fri­day in a South­ern Mary- land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion girls bas­ket­ball contest, with newly-minted 1,000-point scorer Necole “Coco” Hope drop­ping 27 points in the vic­tory.

Hope outscored the Hor- nets by her­self through three quar­ters, and Aliyah Bullock wasn’t far be­hind with 20 points of her own. Kyla Dan- iels had 14 for Great Mills, but no other Hor­net man­aged dou­ble dig­its.

North Point (9-2 over­all) has won four straight, outscor­ing op­po­nents by an av­er­age of 44 points over that span. The loss halts Great Mills’ win streak at five games, a dis­ap­point­ing fol­low-up to their thrilling dou­ble-over­time vic­tory against Calvert two days ear­lier.

Hope got it go­ing early, knock­ing down a pair of three-point­ers and scor­ing eight of the first 10 points for the Ea­gles. Great Mills (7-3) strug­gled to match her

length and quick­ness, as Hope rou­tinely found open space to shoot and also picked up two steals on the de­fen­sive end.

North Point squan­dered a key op­por­tu­nity to stretch their lead late in the first quar­ter, pulling down four of­fen­sive re­bounds in a sin­gle pos­ses­sion but fail­ing to score.

End of the first quar­ter: Hope 10, Great Mills 7.

The Hor­nets heated up from there, with Daniels and Kirsten Hamil­ton hit­ting shots from be­yond the arc to open the sec­ond period. After a jumper by Hope, Mya Jenk­ins drained a long three-pointer as the shot clock ex­pired to bring Great Mills within two.

North Point head coach Mi- chael Ser­pone had seen enough and quickly took a timeout to set­tle his team. The Ea­gles re­sponded with a 10-0 run, capped off by Hope in­ter­cept­ing a pass and driv­ing the length of the floor for a layup.

“They went on a quick 8-0 run, they hit some shots from the out­side and we weren’t clos­ing out on the shoot­ers,” Ser­pone said. ”We took a timeout, and kinda woke them up a bit with an el­e­vated voice.”

Half­time: Hope 18, Great Mills 18.

Bullock came out fir­ing in the sec­ond half, pour­ing in seven quick points and push­ing the Ea- gles’ lead over 20. North Point scored 17 points be­fore the Hor- nets made a shot, with two Toyin Allen free throws ac­count­ing for their only points dur­ing the run.

Great Mills mus­tered just two fields goals in the quar­ter, both by Hamil­ton, and strug­gled to break the North Point press. Hope added an­other steal and coast-to-coast layup, and closed the period with a cor­ner jump shot and a pair of free throws.

“The North Point of­fense, their tran­si­tion is fast, and when they slow you down, they ex­e­cute,” Great Mills head coach Matt Wood said. “We did a good job in the first half, but they ended the first half on a strong run and in the sec­ond half it just kind of con­tin­ued.”

End of the third quar­ter: Hope 26, Great Mills 25.

Ser­pone emp­tied the bench early in the fourth quar­ter, with Bullock and Hope playing spar- in­gly and the North Point reserves tak­ing over. Great Mills showed signs of life, as Daniels made two three-point­ers and scored nine points in the peri- od. The Hor­nets outscored the Ea­gles 14-13, and held Hope to a free throw al­beit in lim­ited ac- tion.

Hope scored 27 points for the sec­ond time this week after equal­ing the to­tal against Mc- Donough two days prior. She is av­er­ag­ing 19.8 points on the sea- son and has scored over 20 in four of her last five games.

“She’s a great player, ver­sa­tile. Even if you’re cov­er­ing her out­side, she’s still got the shot,” Wood said. “1,000 point scorer, ob­vi­ously she can score many ways.”

While Hope is the cen­ter­piece of the of­fense, the Ea­gles have va­ri­ety of scor­ing op­tions. Bullock (14.1), Latavia Jack­son (11.8) and Sy­nia John­son (10.3) all av­er­age dou­ble dig­its and make for a very im­pos­ing of­fense. The Ea­gles are putting up nearly 65 points a game and have sur­passed that mark in four con­sec­u­tive con­tests. Stop­ping Hope is tough enough, but try­ing to slow down the whole of­fense will be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for op­po­nents down the stretch.

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