Vikings’ 3-pointers too much for Chargers
Three early 3-pointers from South Granville’s Shawn Montren put Northwood in a hole too deep for a Chargers escape.
South Granville won 58-43 after falling in love with the long ball Friday night.
“It has not done that all year,” South Granville coach Jake Wohlfeil said. “We usually shoot really well in practice. We do a lot of shooting drills, and it hasn’t translated over. But tonight, they finally started falling. It figures — it’s an away game.”
Earlier in the season, Northwood coach Donald Williams talked about how his team would get off to slow starts and have to scramble to get back in games.
Against South Granville, the Chargers executed better in the second half, getting the ball down low to big man Imoh Udoh, who was able to score from point-blank range and get to the free-throw line.
But South Granville had done too much damage by then.
“They’re a really good team,” Wohlfeil said. “The scouting report was they’re really scrappy. They will not go away.”
Early in the third period, Northwood’s Aumad Walker (15 points) scored a couple of baskets to get the Chargers within seven points.
Layups by Monte Smith and Kadarus Rone made it a one-point game.
Northwood was able to get back in this one by getting tougher on the defensive end, but then someone blew an assignment that left South Granville’s Gary Lash open for a 3-pointer that gave the Vikings a six-point cushion and momentum.
Another 3-pointer from Montren (6-4, 200) allowed South Granville to take a 38-29 lead into the fourth period.
Northwood’s trainer had to attend to Chargers guard Ti Pinnix (11 points) after he hit the deck toward the end of the game.
Pinnix, one of Northwood’s go-to guys, was able to walk off the floor, albeit with a limp that required a bag of ice around his ankle area.
In the girls’ game, Northwood held South Granville scoreless in the first period and kept building on that for a 71-25 win to remain undefeated in the Carolina 12.
Northwood’s Mariah Morrow said there’s been talk among the Lady Chargers about the possibility of not losing a game in the conference.
“If you don’t strive to be undefeated, you don’t have much to work for,” Morrow said.
Morrow scored five points and spent plenty of time creating havoc on defense, while Shontai Totten scored 12 points for Northwood.
Eboni Watson (12 points) and Gabby Mehringer (10 points) also were in double figures for Northwood.
South Granville’s Tiana Jones (eight points) and Katelyn Brooks (six points) led the Vikings.
S. Granville (B) 58, Northwood 43
S. GRANVILLE — Gary Lash 5, Dylan McFalls 3, Branden Ragland 8, Taz Strudwick 4, Jonathan Newton 4, Shawn Montren 16, Mario Thorpe 10, J.C. Shelley 6, Ryan Boltz 2.
NORTHWOOD — Monte Smith 2, Devin Lester 3, Aumad Walker 15, Ti Pinnix 11, Kadarus Rone 6, Imoh Udoh 6.
Records—S. Granville (9-5, 4-2 Carolina 12); Northwood (7-6, 4-2 Carolina 12).
Northwood (G) 71, S. Granville 25
S. GRANVILLE — Hunter Mundy 5, Deanna Allen 2, Katelyn Brooks 6, Cameron Patrick 2, Nisah Darby 2, Tiana Jones 8.
NORTHWOOD — Maria Vanderford 6, Eboni Watson 12, Gabby Mehringer 10, Alexis Brower 9, Mariah Morrow 5, Jasmine Atkins 2, Tyeshia Baldwin 7, Shontai Totten 12, Jasmine Harris 8.
Records—S. Granville (1-8, 0-5 Carolina 12); Northern (10-3, 6-0).