One point was all that separated Northside and Houston County following their second Region 1-AAAAAA meeting Saturday at the home of the second.
The first time, Jan. 2, the Eagles won 43-37. This time they won 81-80 on a 3-point buzzer beater. They improved to 8-4, 2-2 while the Bears fell to 3-8 0-4.
The first time for the girls, the Lady Bears won 59-50. This time the Lady Eagles got the edge with a 48-47 victory.
Houston County led 12-7 after one and 26-17 at the break. Northside made it a game with a 15-5 advantage in the third. That made it 32-31, Lady Eagles. Both then scored 16 in the fourth.
Nine of Northside’s came via Arline McKenzie. She finished with 14. Alaya Grane also added a trey in that period. It was her third of the contest, as she finished with 13.
Deseyn Seaton also had 11 and Kamia Ridley seven.
Kendra Roberts scored 19 for Houston County. Twelve of hers came in the fourth. Eight came on free throws. She was eight-of-10 that quarter, nine-of-13 overall.
Jordyn Johnson also had 16. Most of hers came in the first half – five in the first and seven in the second.
The win, their second straight, gave the Lady Eagles a 6-3 overall record. It also improved them to 2-2 in the region.
Houston County fell to 7-3, 3-2. Both chase Lee County – 6-7, 2-1 – at the top, but distance themselves from Valdosta in the bottom, 9-5, 1-2.