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Lady Knights take third in pre-season tourney

Posted: November 28, 2016 3:21 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Having scored 29 points in an opening game loss to rival Andrew Jackson, the North Central girls’ basketball team exploded for 41 points in the first half of a 68-23 win over host  Lewisville in the consolation game of last Tuesday’s third annual Lewisville Pre-Season Tip-Off Tournament in Richburg.

NC fell to Andrew Jackson, 51-29, in first round play before coming out red-hot from the floor one night later.

“I have to do some research,” said Lady Knight head coach Mitch Lowder, “but I think we broke a school record for most points (41) scored in a half. Our offensive goal is to score double digits each quarter and we did, except the third. And defensively, (to) hold our opponents to single digits each quarter and we did that. It was a great team effort in every part of the game.”

NC jumped to a 21-6 lead after the first quarter and would extend that to 41-8 at intermission before carrying a 49-16 lead into the final stanza.

Madison Dixon led four Lady Knights in double figures with 17 points. Kali Tomlin added 16, while Peyton Holley and Ciaira Black had 15 each Caroline Dixon and Andrea Greene had two points each while added one toward the winning cause.

In the tourney opener, NC trailed, 15-7, after one quarter and 28-15 at the break before closing the gap to 35-21 heading into the final quarter. After North Central pulled to within 10 points, 31-21, Andrew Jackson went on a 16-8 run to close the game.

Tomlin paced the Lady Knights with 20 points while Holley and Madison Dixon added six and three points, respectively.

North Central kicks off the regular season tonight when Camden comes to The Castle in Boonetown. The junior varsity girls’ game at 5 p.m. tips off the tripleheader followed by the varsity girls’ and the varsity boys’ game.

Lowder said he likes the make-up of his team this season.

“Last year our big scoring threat was Kali Tomlin,” he said. “This year we have three freshmen, Peyton Holley, Madison Dixon and Ciaira Black, that can score, as well. Ciaira made a team high five 3-pointers (against Lewisville.) Caroline Dixon, Assata Kirkley and Andrea Greene did an excellent job on the defensive boards and setting good picks to get the ball to open players. Jessica Rutherford, Portia Walker and Sandra Lopez also played and contributed.”


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