What an electrifying night at North as the girls’ basketball teams had their season opener. The stands were packed and fans were ready to cheer. North did not fail to please the stands as each team swept Travis. 7B 33-18, 7A 24-11, 8B 31-8, and 8A 44-22.
7B began with Jasmine Beasley getting possession of the jump ball allowing Ava Navarro to set up the first play of the evening. It was a shoot and a miss but Jasmine Beasley was in the right spot for the rebound and put the ball back up for the first points on the board. Shelby Shultz was next on the board after she was fouled, she was able to execute a free throw and a jump shot giving North the lead 5-0. Travis had three steals and scored. Angie DeLeon answered back with a perfect lay-up ending the first quarter 8-6. The 2nd and 3rd quarter were dominated by North’s press defense. Jasmine Beasley’s had eight points and seven defensive steals, Shelby Shultz had six points and six defensive steals, and Emma Jez handled the ball with ease as she sped down the court for a fast break and a lay-up.
7th Grade A Team’s game came out on top against Travis last night. The Lady Tigers’ press defense scored them ten points while Travis remained scoreless in the first quarter. The team’s aggressiveness caused them to pick up quick fouls early in the game. The Tiger’s offense had a hard time scoring in the third quarter only scoring. Tristen Oliphant lead the team with seven defensive steals and Victoria Shimabukuro led the team with three rebounds. Leading scorer for the Lady Tigers was Charlee Maddux scoring ten points followed by Kaleice Cain and Ella Wheeless with six a piece.
8B started the night off with a big victory, 31-8. The first quarter was a rough start as Travis would make their first jump shot of the night to get the early 2-0 lead. Madison Combest gave North their first point of the night going 1-2 from the free throw line. Travis would take the 2-1 lead after the first quarter. North would wake up in the second as they would outscore Travis 10-2 in the quarter to give them a 11-4 halftime lead. Combest and Stevie Blaha led all scorers in the quarter with four a piece. Mckenzie Batey added a basket as well. Coming out of the half, North continued to find opportunities as Trinity Fly scored six of her team high 10 points in the third. Jones Brown added a basket and Lauren Heartsfield added a free throw in the third. Heading into the fourth, North led 20-6. Fourth quarter was more of the same as Fly would add two more baskets to her totals. Heartsfield would add a put back basket. Mary Hayes and Raven Dupree both found scoring opportunities as well. Samantha Grimaldo added a late free throw to give North the 31-8 victory. Grimaldo led the team in steals with seven, Blaha added five steals of her own.
8A followed 8B and continued the winning ways as they would take down Travis, 44-22. First quarter started back and forth with scoring opportunities coming from Sydni Cartwright with five points, Madison Lux with four points, Alina Tavernier with two and Layloni Watson with a free throw. North would take the early 12-8 first quarter lead. In the second quarter, North would continue to push the lead with Danica Bingham dropping five points, Tavernier adding three points and Lux adding two. North would lead heading into halftime, 22-16. During the half, North would talk about defensive adjustments and would hold true to their conversation as they would outscore Travis 22-6 in the second half. In the third quarter, Lux would lead all scorers with six points. Tavernier and Cartwright both added a basket. North led after the third, 32-20. Heading into the fourth, North would continue to wreak havoc on the Travis press break as Cartwright would get three steal and fast break scores. Tavernier added two more fast break baskets to her totals and Watson added an offensive put back basket. North would finish the game 44-22. Cartwright led all scorers with 13 points (1-2 FT). Lux finished with 12 points and Tavernier finished with 11 points (1-2 FT). Bingham added five points and Watson finished with three points (1-4 FT).
The coaching staff is pleased with how the girls came out to play hard for the win. Next game will be Thursday, November 29th at North against our across the street hometown rival South. Thank you for supporting Girl’s Athletics.