Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Six score in double figures as Northside beats James River
The Vikings executed a balanced siege, with no one player scoring more than 13 points.
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Northside girls basketball coach Trayce Coe couldn't stop smiling after her Vikings dispatched James River 81-59 in a non-district game Monday.
She had plenty to smile about. The Vikings (5-1) had six players score in double figures, including all five starters. Yet the leading scorer, Melanie Mirzayan, had only 13 in a balanced attack.
"Does it get any better than that? That's a coach's dream," Coe said of the offensive effort that saw nine players score and 23 points come from the bench.
"This is one on the best games we've played as a collective group," Coe said. "These girls have been playing since their sophomore year. We lost then, and then last year we got better. Finally here we are; it's our time."
Seniors Emily Rawlings and Emma Wade contributed 12 and 11 points respectively, while junior Taylor Carter scored 12 and classmate Carla Anderson tallied 10. Andrea Elrod scored 10, all from within the paint.
Basketball games sometimes start slow as the offenses get a feel for the game - not so this time. Northside led 25-23 after the first quarter, and had 40 at the half.
"At halftime the girls were saying two years ago we weren't scoring 40 points at the end of the game, let alone halftime," Coe said.
James River had a decent time on the offensive end, outpacing its season-average 52.
"Offensively I couldn't complain. We got balanced scoring," James River head coach Dan Bowser said.
Four Knights scored in double figures, led by 15 points from Samantha Hubbard, 11 of which came in the first quarter.
"Transition defense just killed us," Bowser said. "Playing defense under our own basket and they got run-outs. When they get wide open jump shots they make them. I don't know how many transition points they had, but it was a bunch."
On a night when offenses were the story, the game turned on rebounding. In the second quarter, the Vikings had a 14-6 advantage on the glass, including going 8-1 at the James River end of the court, eliminating second-chance points for the Knights while scoring 10 after their own offensive rebounds.
"The rebounding kicked in and the game changed," Coe said.
Mirzayan finished with six boards, five of which came during a leg of the second quarter when Northside stretched a two-point lead to eight. Anderson had 12 rebounds for the game.
The Knights (5-3) cut the lead to three in the third period, but Northside ended the quarter on a 16-6 run and pulled away for good.
"I wasn't expecting to run like that," Bowser said. "We like to run, but I told our girls this is a team we don't want to run with because they are much more efficient."
JAMES RIVER (5-3)
Hodges 4 3-4 11, M. Hufford 3 1-2 7, King 3 4-6 11, England 4 2-4 10, S. Hufford 6 3-4 15, Barger 1 0-0 2, Coleman 0 1-2 1, Webb 1 0-0 2, Rhodes 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 14-22 59.
Rawlings 5 2-3 12, Carter 5 2-4 12, Anderson 2 6-9 10, Mirzayan 6 0-0 13, Wade 5 1-2 11, Elrod 5 0-0 10, Shepherd 1 0-0 2, Beckner 1 0-0 2, Bowden 3 2-2 9, Mills 0 0-0 0, Totals 33 13-20 81.
JAMES RIVER 23 9 17 10 -- 59
NORTHSIDE 25 15 22 19 -- 81
3-point goals -- James River 1 (King), Northside 2 (Mirzayan, Bowden). Total fouls -- James River 13, Northside 11. Fouled out -- none.