If nothing else, Northside’s girls and boys gained experience against one of the teams they might see should they be able to qualify and play deep into the state playoffs. That is Statesboro out of 2-AAAAAA. The Eagles/Lady Eagles hosted it Friday. The Blue Devils entered 17-2 overall (10-1 in their region). The girls came in 17-0 (8-0).
Both left with wins. The boys beat Northside’s boys 78-71. The Lady Blue Devils won 52-45. They did have the game knotted up at 24 at the half – Northside led 16-10 after one but Statesboro outscored it 14-8 in the second – but the Lady Blue Devils pulled away in the second (half). They outscored the Lady Eagles 11-9 and 17-12, respectively, in those quarters.
Kamia Ridley led Northside with 13 and Dest-eyn Seaton had 11.
Both also figured prominently the day before in Northside’s 62-53 Region 1-AAAAAA win over Lee County (a much bigger win than the loss). Seaton had 16 in that effort. Ridley had 14. Marissa Rankin also chipped in 10. The Lady Trojans were led by Jakailyn Poole, who had 19, and Kennedy Snead, who had 13.
Northside led the game 14-12 after one and 32-28 at the half. It won both the third and fourth quarter as well, outscoring Lee County 14-11 in the first and 16-14 in the second.
With the win, Northside’s girls improved to 3-3 in the region, 8-7 counting Friday’s loss, whereas the Lady Trojans fell to 2-4, 8-10.
The boys’ results were not recorded.