When two teams are undefeated in the region and playing for the region lead, it’s probably going to be a good game.
And the game between the Northeast and Soutwest girls certainly lived up to its billing Wednesday, with the Raiderettes needing to wipe away a third-quarter deficit to take a 45-43 win. Maria Bond scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Northeast made just enough free throws in the fourth quarter to get the win and remain undefeated in the region.
“It was tough from the start, “Northeast head coach Alvin Copeland said. “Our region is so balanced that it seems like there is never an easy night. We did not play very well, and that’s been the story of our year so far. Some nights we play great; other nights we struggle. I think the competition probably had something to do with some of our poor play (Wednesday). We are happy and very fortunate to ge tout of here with a win.”
Southwest led midway through the second quarter at 13-11, but the Raiderettes outscored Southwest 15-2 for the rest of the quarter to take a 26-15 lead. Southwest was plagued by 23 first-half turnovers against the pressure defense of Northeas , but the third quarter was a different story.
The Patriots, led by Bhnae Williams’ 10 points, outscored Northeast 21-7 in the quarter. It looks as if Southwest, which played 10 players, had effectively worn down Northeast, which played the same five for the majority of the game. Southwest got a huge life from post player Deidre Crawford, who defended well against Bond inside. Northeast struggled against a tight Southwest defense and hit only 1-of-13 attempts from the 3-point line.
Although Southwest only turned the ball over seven times in the second half, it could not overcome 5-of-18 free-throw shooting. Northeast converted 13-of-28, which was just enough to get the win.
Jerryshia Williams added 11 points for Northeast, while Williams led Southwest with 14