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Knights fail to slow down Great Falls in 57-27 defeat
NCS BRADY BRISTER SENDS a bounce pass to teammate Thomas Flowers (11) while Great Falls Xavier Holmes defends on the play. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
If you had a bar chart of Great Falls’ offensive output this season, it might be up and down enough make you dizzy.But one constant is that John Smith’s teams continue to win, whether it be a game in which they top the century mark or one which an opponent tries to slow things down.North Central tried the latter tactic, but to no avail Tuesday night as Great Falls, the state’s top-ranked class A team, left The Castle with a 57-27 victory to improve to 15-1 overall and 5-0 after the first round of Region 3-A play.The host Knights fell to 1-4 in league play with the loss and slipped to 10-8 in regular season action on an evening in which Chad Dixon’s charges tried to slow the pace while hoping to keep the Red Devils within striking distance.NC was able to keep things close, trailing 7-3 after the first quarter. But the Knights were unable to cash in on their opportunities as the Red Devils opened the second quarter on a 17-2 run which all but put this one out of reach at 27-9 by intermission.“We tried to slow it down and have a deliberate tempo tonight,” Dixon said of his team’s plan of attack. “Great Falls does a great job in the transition game and in getting up and down the court.