North Point girls too much for Stone, take lead in Potomac Division
The North Point girls basketball team likes to stick to their bread and butter, which is to get out and run the floor in transition.
From the opening tip of Wednesday night’s Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Di- vision contest, the Eagles’ ball-hawking defense led to easy baskets and eventually a convincing 74-54 victory over the visiting Thomas Stone Cougars.
Since a 58-54 loss to Old Mill of Anne Arundel County in the Waldorf Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 29, North Point (102, 4-0 SMAC Potomac) has won four straight games and is atop the divi- sion standings. It also has beaten every conference team in its path thus far.
The Eagles are allowing just 41.5 points to their opponents this season and have held teams to less than 40 points in six of their 10 wins. They have defeating opponents by a margin of almost 24 points per game through 12 games.
“In tonight’s game we forced a lot of turnovers and we had layups on the other end,” North Point head coach Michael Ser- pone said. “We still have to clean some things up. We didn’t have our best night.”
North Point took a com- manding 27-12 lead in the first quarter and went up 43-21 at halftime, a lead that it did not relinquish for the rest of the game. Stone outscored the Eagles 19-16 in the third, but the damage was already done in the first half as it trailed 59-40 after three quarters.
The Eagles had three players in double figures as senior guard Necole Hope, the 1,000-point career scorer and East Carolina University signee, and freshman Synia Johnson each led the way with 19 points. Sophomore Latavia Jackson scored 17 on the night, while Aliyah Bullock added seven
points. Kennedy Davis and Semarra By- num each scored six points in the game.
“We’ve been working really hard and our defense leads to our offense,” Jack- son said. “It was just a complete team effort and a good win. Our chemistry has been there we still have room for im- provement.”
Hope added her thoughts on the Ea- gles performance.
“We run all the time in practice and we are in shape. We are small, so we have to outrun teams and rebound,” she said. “Tonight, we still gave up too many easy baskets and had some turnovers. Our transition defense has to get better.”
Stone (9-4, 4-1) led 4-0 early in the first quarter, but it struggled to get a flow offensively after that and could not get any clean looks at the basket.
The Cougars also had three players in double figures as senior guard Octavia Hawkins, also a recent 1,000-point scorer, led the way with 19 points. Junior Sasha Francis finished with 16 points and senior Rya Nelson added 11 points.
“We just came out flat and we didn’t execute the things that we normally do,” Stone head coach Jermel Escalera said. “We didn’t play like ourselves and we have to correct some mistakes and move. North Point was able to score a lot of baskets inside off of our turnovers.”
North Point is scheduled to travel to La Plata tonight, while Stone is scheduled to host McDonough. Both are division contests with tip-off set for 6:30 tonight. Twitter: @ajmason301
North Point’s Latavia Jackson shoots a floater down the lane in Wednesday night’s 74-54 victory over the visiting Thomas Stone Cougars in a SMAC Potomac Division girls basketball contest.
Thomas Stone’s Mikayla Proctor looks to dribble around Kennedy Davis of North Point in Wednesday night’s SMAC Potomac Division girls basketball contest. North Point won the contest 74-54.