Sweeping the Cougars
North Point boys, girls teams take down Stone
In the first meeting versus Thomas Stone, the North Point boys basketball team suffered a 74-71 road loss after seeing its first-half, double-digit lead evaporate.
However, in the Southern Maryland Athletic Confer- ence Potomac Division rematch on Friday night it was all North Point this time as it rolled to a 79-64 home victory over the Cougars to split the season series.
The North Point girls swept its season series with Stone with a dominating 82-58 home win on Friday.
In the boys matchup, North Point (11-9, 6-4 SMAC Potomac), which won its third straight game, took a 22-16 lead after one quarter and pushed things to 37-24 at halftime. The Eagles poured it on in the third, outscoring Stone 24-11 in the quarter.
The Cougars outscored North Point 29-18 in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough as the game was already out of reach.
“To be honest we weren’t trying to get back at Stone. We were focused on getting ready for the upcoming [Class 4A East Region] playoffs in a few weeks,” said North Point head coach Jimmy Ball, whose team is scheduled to take on host La Plata at 6:30 tonight. “We want to make a run and our goal is to always win a state ti- tle. We’ve been through a lot of adversity this season. We have a young team, but we are com- ing together.”
North Point had four play- ers in double figures as Jalen Gibbs, the SMAC’s leading scorer (28.8 points per game), led all scorers with 23 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists. Sophomore guard Malik Lawrence and junior Micah Campbell finished with 16 points each. Sophomore guard Satchell Ball added 15 points, nailing five threes in the game.
“The first time we played Stone we didn’t take care of the ball, but we this time we did a much better job with that,” Jimmy Ball said. “We pressured the ball defensively and just wanted to slow down Stone. We knew
they had the [Kamau] Mitchell kid that could shoot and we had to keep [Gary] Grant off the board.”
Leading Stone (13-8, 5-6) was Grant, the sophomore for ward, who had a teamhigh 15 points to go with eight boards. Senior guard Donoavan McCrae finished with 14 points and sophomore Kevin Skidmore scored 12. Mitchell added 10 points for the Cougars, who are scheduled to host McDonough at 7 tonight.
The North Point girls (17-2, 10-0) took a 41-31 halftime lead and outscored Stone 24-6 during the third to help put the game away.
The Eagles had five players in double figures as senior Necole Hope finished with a team-high 23 points, sophomore Latavia Jackson scored 20 and freshman Synia Johnson added 14. Aliyah Bullock and Kiaura Lee scored 11 points each.
“It was an interesting night for sure. We were missing two due to the flu and our bench was called upon to step up and they did. We also got some great minutes from our rotation, especially during the first stretch in the second half when we really took control of the game,” North Point head coach Mike Serpone said. “Up until that point Stone was attacking us well and hitting shots and spreading the floor well. One of our goals was to go undefeated in SMAC play and we are staying focused on achieving that goal.”
Senior Octavia Hawkins led scorers with 34 points for Stone (15-5, 9-2), while Mikayla Proctor added 13 points in the losing effort.
North Point is scheduled to host La Plata at 6:30 tonight, while Stone is slated to go to McDonough for a 5 p.m. tipoff today. Twitter: @ajmason301