Northern girls top Riverside in overtime
Northern needed overtime to pull out a 42-40 victory over Riverside in one of the more dramatic finishes in PAC-6 girls’ basketball this season.
It was an emotional, up-and-down game before the Knights finally bumped Riverside off the seesaw with two McKenzie Utley free throws.
Utley scored five of Northern’s eight points in overtime.
Northern coach Pam Adams was too emotional after the game to talk about what had just transpired, but assistant coach Renee Weisner said the contest never should have gone into overtime.
In the fourth period, a shot attempt by Moné Jones’ rimmed out, but Kiara Jacobs got the put-back to send the game into the extra session.
“That basket definitely should not have counted,” Weisner said. “When Moné shot, it was only like a second left on the clock.”
Jones came on late but strong for Riverside, particularly on the defensive end, patrolling the paint with six blocks.
Jacobs (10 points) and Zaria Rogers (nine points) led the scoring for the Riverside, while Utley (11 points) and Zuri White (12 points) carried the offensive load for Northern.
“It was just one play more than we were ready for tonight,” Riverside coach Alicia Jones said. “But I’m not mad at the situation. I couldn’t ask for any more.”
Northern 42 (G), Riverside 40
RIVERSIDE — Zaria Rogers 9, Andrea’Anna Pool 5, Yakima Clifton 3, Atlanta Woodall 5, Meghan Pleasants 2, Kiara Jacobs 10, Moné Jones 6.
NORTHERN — Zuri White 12, Nicole Crutchfield 5, Rhianna Council 8, McKenzie Utley 11, Mohargany Jones 4.
Records—Riverside 9-11, 3-5 PAC-6; Northern 12-5, 6-2.
Northern (B) 58, Riverside 43
Northern escorted Riverside right out of the gym in a 58-43 home win in the PAC-6 on Friday.
“We’ve got to play tougher,” Riverside coach Brian Strickland said. “We’ve got to come out fighting and not continue to dig ourselves a hole.
“Don’t get me wrong, Northern played well. … Our intensity just wasn’t there to start the game.”
Northern took a 29-14 lead to the locker room and kept it moving after halftime.
“I thought we executed better than we’ve executed in a while, played better defense than we’ve played in a while,” Northern coach Ronnie Russell said.
Having nice pieces to work with certainly facilitates on-court execution, and the Knights hurt the Pirates with a good set-up man in point guard Jaquan Harris (14 points), fluid play at the forward spot from Kentrell Barkley (15 points) and Ricky Council II (21 points) threw down three hard dunks.
“Like I said, we executed better than we’ve executed in a long time, and we’ve got to continue to do that,” Russell said.
Freshman point guard Justice Kithcart returned to Riverside’s lineup after again missing game time with a leg injury. He made a couple of free throws, but his shot wasn’t on from the field.
Riverside was without playmaking senior guard Al Hughes, sidelined by stitches above his eye that he needed after getting gouged during a game earlier in the week.
Northern (B) 58, Riverside 43
RIVERSIDE — Mike Hodge 2, Jordan McCain 3, Mike Singletary 11, Joey Cabrera 6, Justice Kithcart 2, Jake Kusz 3, Terrence Suitt 8, Jordan Jones 2, Mike Tillotson 6.
NORTHERN — Jaquan Harris 14, Marcellus Allison 2, Kentrell Barkley 15, Ricky Council II 21, Kourtney Farrow 6.
Records —Riverside 8-12, 2-6 PAC-6; Northern 9-8, 3-5.