North Point girls roll past West­lake

Ea­gles fin­ish un­de­feated in con­fer­ence reg­u­lar sea­son, take on Chop­ti­con for SMAC ti­tle

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

The North Point girls bas­ket­ball team has been all but dom­i­nant in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­let- ic Con­fer­ence this sea­son.

The Ea­gles capped off con­fer­ence play for the reg­u­lar sea­son with a 61-33 vic­tory over host West­lake on Fri­day night to sweep the sea­son series.

North Point (19-3, 12-0 SMAC Po­tomac) fin­ished un­de­feated ver­sus SMAC op­po­nents in the reg­u­lar sea­son en route to their sec­ond straight Po­tomac Divi­sion crown and are sched­uled to host Chop­ti­con, the Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­sion cham­pion, at 6:30 p.m Wed­nes­day for the SMAC cham­pi­onship.

Last sea­son, the Ea­gles edged Braves 48-47 for the SMAC crown on a game-win­ning shot with just two sec­onds left from Latavia Jack­son. North

Point won 64-51 on Dec. 7 in the teams’ only reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ing.

In 16 games ver­sus con­fer­ence op­po­nents this win­ter, the Ea­gles won by an av­er­age mar­gin of 40 points and scored al­most 73 points per con­test.

“One of our goals was to go un- de­feated in the con­fer­ence and we were able to do that,” North Point head coach Michael Ser­pone said. “Now our next ob­jec­tive is to win the SMAC cham­pi­onship ver­sus Chop­ti­con.”

In Fri­day’s af­fair, North Point took an 18-9 lead in the first quar­ter and ex­tended it to 32-17 at half­time. The Ea­gles put the game away af­ter tak- ing a 48-22 lead af­ter three quar­ters.

The Ea­gles were led by se­nior guards Aliyah Bul­lock and Necole Hope (13 re­bounds) with a game­high 25 points and 22 points, re­spec­tively. Bul­lock also made four three-point­ers.

North Point knocked down 16 of 24 free throws (66 per­cent) in the win.

West­lake (14-8, 7-5) had one player in dou­ble fig­ures as ju­nior guard Jas­mine Ghol­son fin­ished with a 12 points.

“We had some play­ers in foul trou­ble early against West­lake, but the bench held it down and we forced some turnovers and got out in tran- sition,” Ser­pone said.

On Satur­day in North Point’s reg- ular sea­son fi­nale, the Ea­gles fell to the Riverdale Bap­tist Cru­saders of Up­per Marl­boro 58-47 on their home floor.

The game was tied at 14 af­ter the first quar­ter and Riverdale took a 3125 half­time lead. The Cru­saders out- scored the Ea­gles 19-8 in the third quar­ter to take a com­mand­ing 50-33 ad­van­tage, but North Point did not go away, cut­ting the deficit the six points with three min­utes left. How­ever, it wasn’t enough as Riverdale held on for the win.

Lau­ren Ebo led Riverdale with 12 points, while Kay­lah Ivey added 11.

Hope led all scor­ers with 20 points and Bul­lock fin­ished with 16 points.

The Cru­saders had an ad­van­tage at the free-throw line, go­ing 22 for 32 (69 per­cent), while North Point made just 8 of 14 (57 per­cent).

“Satur­day we played hard, we just didn’t shoot the ball well,” Ser­pone said. “We were down dou­ble dig­its in the third quar­ter and were able to rally back in the fourth we just came up short. This was a good test for us with the [Class 4A East] play­offs around the cor­ner.”

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