RUTLEDGE—Northview Academy, a state tournament semifinalist last season, took the lead for good midway of the first quarter and went on to a 42-27 triumph over cold-shooting Jefferson County Monday in the Pizza Plus Thanksgiving Classic at Grainger County.
Reagan Brown tossed in a dozen points and Josie Horner and Savannah Bates added 10 apiece as the Lady Cougars improved to 2-1 for the young season. It was the first loss after two wins for the Lady Patriots.
Jefferson County just couldn’t find the basket most of the night. Coach Jeremy Bird’s team made only one field goal in the second quarter and didn’t score at all in the third.
The losers made just 9 of 42 field goal attempts for 21.4 percent in the game and didn’t have anyone in double figures. Makenzie Alvey led the Lady Patriots with eight points while Kali McMahan scored seven.
Bird commented, “You can’t get much done when you shoot the ball like we did tonight. I thought Northview did just what they had to do against us.
“They played good defense and contained our offense,” he said. “When you’re already behind and then go a whole quarter without scoring there’s no way you can come back.”
The coach said, “We were getting pretty good shots by the people who had been scoring for us but it just wouldn’t fall tonight.
“But if you have to have a shooting night like this, early in the season is the time to do it,” he added. “This could be good for us if the girls bounce back like I think they will.”
Alvey hit a three to open the scoring before Bates scored for the Lady Cougars. McMahan grabbed a rebound and put it back in for a 5-2 Lady Patriots lead but Brown hit back-to-back three’s and Northview never trailed again.
It was 10-7 at the quarter but a 6-2 run to open the second quarter upped the margin to 16-7 with 5:11 left in the half.
Jefferson’s Zoie Denton hit a free throw at the 4:32 mark and neither team scored again until Alvey made the only bucket of the quarter for the Lady Patriots with 1:05 on the clock. Northview’s Bates hit a short jumper and Tara Scales made two free throws for Jefferson and it was 20-14 at halftime.
Horner and Brown had tow buckets each as the Lady Cougars scored the first dozen in the third period. The Lady Patriots had a chance to cut into the 32-14 deficit but missed two free throws with 1:04 left in the quarter.
Claire Torres hit a basket to give the Lady Cougars a 20-point lead at 34-14 at the final rest stop and the winners scored the first six of the fourth stanza for a 40-14 spread.
Jefferson County cut into the final deficit by outscoring the Lady Cougars 13-5 over the final 3:46 of the game.