Old Civil War Basketball, Take 2
A couple days short of two full months ago, North & South took to the Basketball court in what would be a split night. The guy's game was as contentious as any I've seen this year. So on a mostly uneventful Monday evening, they reconvened to see if the scores could be settled.
The ladies got the evening started with another tooth & nail contest. South lead for most of the first half, but only by a basket or two. At the break they had a three point lead but within a minute of play resuming that was gone. Alex Egge pushed North's lead to five from deep and Maddy England made it a nine point game with five straight points as the five minute mark neared.
South responded with consecutive baskets by Mesaged Abakar & Adie Wagner to cut it to two points with two minutes to go. When they couldn't tie the game back up, the Bruins went to fouling but they still weren't able to capitalize in the extra possessions.
North 47, South 43
South was lead by their rising star freshman Adie Wagner with 21 but none of her teammates topped six points to the cause.
North finished with four players scoring at least eight points. Sophie Cody's 13 lead them with Ellen Kenninger (11), England (10) & Alexis Smith (8) rounding out the group.
So North's girl's evened their season series with South but could South's boy's do the same?
They came out with as good of a start as the coaches could have asked for. Six quick points by Dany Lahai helped propel them to a seven point lead in the first two minutes. It grew to ten not long after and seemed like they may be able to take that all the way to the break. Between the seven & four minute marks, North turned on their scoring to make it a one point game, 37-36. 30 seconds after that and they lead for the first time but a three by Josiah Brijlall got it right back for the Bruins. Cayden Rickard scored on consecutive possessions to give North a three point lead & end the scoring for the half.
South was able to tie it up a couple minutes into the second but North found ways to reclaim, retain & extend the lead as the game wore on. The Bruins got as close as three points with two and a half to play thanks to a three by Ali Mada but the Spartans kicked it back up to an eight point and finished up nine.
North 87, South 78
North was lead by a trio of 20 point scorers. Carson Critchley (20), Rickard (22) & Keaton Hoeg (22) with Blayne Anderson (11) chipping in.
Lahai lead everybody with 30 while Sibomana Enock & Brijlall finished with 14 & 11 respectively. Even with the hot start that he had, it was a quiet 30, at least to me. It wasn't enough to even the season with South but may have been a sign of things to come from the junior guard!
Players of the Games
With three players scoring at the same level & no other stat distinguishing one from the others, they all deserve the distinction. Keaton Hoeg lead the way for the Spartans last time so I'll choose between the other two this time. As the slightly more impactful player it goes to Cayden Rickard.
Photos of the Games
For the Game Galleries for each, click the pics!