Sweep­ing the Cougars

North Point boys, girls teams take down Stone

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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

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