North Point girls cap­ture 4A East Re­gion ti­tle

North Point girls top­ple Sev­erna Park for 2nd-straight 4A East Re­gion ti­tle, 6th in 7 years

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

It was al­ready a fore­gone con­clu­sion when the starters for North Point ex­ited in the fi­nal minute of Fri­day night’s Class 4A East Re­gion girls bas- ket­ball cham­pi­onship game that the pro­gram’s ré­sumé was get­ting larger.

Then came the sound of the buzzer and it was of­fi­cial.

The Ea­gles cap­tured their sixth re­gion cham­pi­onship in seven years af­ter a dominant per­for­mance en route to a 7250 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Sev­erna Park Fal­cons of Anne Arun­del County.

North Point (23-3 over­all) will make a re­turn trip to Tow- son Univer­sity’s SECU Arena as it will take on Ca­tonsville of Bal­ti­more County at 3 p.m. Thurs­day. Ca­tonsville de­feated Howard 51-45 for the 4A North ti­tle. Thurs­day’s win­ner plays for the state ti­tle at 3 p.m. Sat- ur­day, also at Tow­son.

Af­ter cut­ting down the nets and hold­ing the re­gional plaque for the sec­ond year in a row, the Ea­gles and head coach Mike Ser­pone are ea­ger to be back in the state tour­na­ment’s fi­nal four.

“The fact that we’ve played in some big games and against teams from dif­fer­ent states has pre­pared us and th­ese girls show a lot of fight and a lot of heart and those games has paid off down the stretch. It feels good to be go­ing to Tow- son. That’s what we’ve been play­ing for all year.”

Be­hind its full-court de­fense and hot shoot­ing, North Point quickly opened the game with a 10-0 lead in the first 1 1/2 min­utes and led 30-10 by the end of the first quar­ter. The pe­riod was spurred by 17 points and five threes from se­nior guard Necole “Coco” Hope, who fin­ished with a game-high 33 points, scor­ing 21 in the first half.

“When they were in a zone we were able to set screens and my team­mates found me,” said Hope, who hit seven threes in the game. “This feels great to

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

The North Point girls bas­ket­ball team cap­tured its sixth Class 4A East Re­gion ti­tle in seven years af­ter de­feat­ing the vis­it­ing Sev­erna Park Fal­cons of Anne Arun­del County 72-50 on Fri­day night.

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