Free throws may be the name of the game come practice Monday but by the end of the day Friday, it was “all good” for Northside’s girls. Despite going 0-14 against Lee County they got what they needed most: A win.
The end result was 45-43. Northside, the host, led 11-4 after one and 22-13 at the half. The Lady Trojans outscored them 16-15 in the third and then made for the extremely close finish by outscoring their host 14-8 in the fourth.
Arline McKenzie played a vital role in the Northside’s victory, as did Kamia Ridley. The first had 13 points. The second finished with 12. The bulk of that – 9 for McKenzie and eight for Ridley – were split basically down the middle between the second and third quarters. Jasmine Releford also had 9. Sixteen of Lee County’s went to Jakailyn Poole – 12 of that in the second half.
The win was the first for the Lady Eagles in four games in 1-AAAAAA. They are now 11-6 overall. For Lee County, it represented its third loss in the division and left it still searching and trying to get out of the bottom. It fell to 6-11.
The girls followed that up with a win Saturday at Warner Robins. The final was 55-41 and oh by the way, they were better at the charity stripe. They went 16-of-28 (so maybe practice will be the norm). They, evening the season record between the two at 1-1 (Warner Robins won at Northside Jan. 4), also benefitted greatly from Quidashasia Dunnom’s 18. That included three 3’s.
The Demonettes led 14-12 after one and 28-25 at the half. The Lady Eagles won the second half with an 11-7 advantage in the third and outscoring Warner Robins 12-6 in the fourth.
Northside improved to 12-6 in the non-region contest. The Demonettes dropped to .500, 10-10.
Their 10th win came the day before against Region 1-AAAAA opponent Thomas County Central. Warner Robins won the road contest 55-34 to also improve to 2-2 in the division. The Lady Yellow Jackets fell to 0-3, 5-11.
Warner Robins’ boys also beat Thomas County Central on Friday, 70-49, and they also beat Northside Saturday, 72-39. (That also gave the Demons the season sweep of their cross-town rivals.)
Against the Eagles, they led 17-4 after one and 32-23 at the half. They put up 31 to Northside’s 9 in the third to basically put it out of reach at 63-32. Warner Robins scored nine in the fourth. The Eagles dropped in seven.
Anthony Dillard had 15 to lead the Demons. Keshun Houser has 14 and Rashaun Tomlin 10.
Jamarcus Thompson led Northside with 14 – all in the second quarter.
All told, the Demons improved to 16-2 overall, 3-1 in the region.
Veterans was also in action Saturday. It hosted Bainbridge in a Region 1-AAAAA matchup. It also swept. The Lady Warhawks won 45-36. They led 11-6 after one, 19-12 at the half and 32-18 after three. They then held off a surge by the visitor – 18-13 in the Lady Bearcats’ favor – in the fourth.
The local club improved to 4-0 in the division, 18-2 overall, as a result while Bainbridge fell to 2-4, 9-13.
The boys won 50-31. They led 21-7 after one, struggled with only four points in the second – but Bainbridge could only manage seven itself. Veterans scored 19 in the third. The Bearcats answered with 11, and both put up six in the fourth.
The Warhawks also improved to 4-0 in the region, 19-1 overall, while Bainbridge fell to 2-4, 12-10.