MCDERMOTT – Northwest’s boys and girls teams both earned wins Saturday in non-league play.
The Mohawks boys basketball team earned their first win this season while the girls team improved to 13-1.
Mohawks down Tartans for season’s first win
Northwest traveled to East Saturday evening and walked away with a 66-28 win, their first of the 2019-20 season.
“A total team effort tonight, I’m happy we are in the win column and proud of my group for their team accomplishment,” Mohawks coach Jason Smith said following the win. “Brycen Carver had a break-out game with career-highs tonight, very proud of the way he played to help us get the win.”
Carver led Northwest with a game-high 22 points as the Mohawks improve to 1-10. East falls to 0-12 following Saturday’s loss.
The Mohawks led for the majority of Saturday’s win, but the Tartans were the first team to score and held a 3-1 lead to start.
Northwest gained momentum and took over by the end of the first with a 15-6 lead.
The Mohawks increased that lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Tartans 16-9 to hold a 31-15 halftime lead.
Northwest would outscore East 35-13 in the second half to win Saturday’s contest by a 38-point margin.
Billy Crabtree added 13 points for the night while Timmy Emmons went 100% from the foul line, helping his team with five points. Nathan Rivers and Brayden Campbell both added seven points apiece in the win. Braxton Marcum and Judd Evans both added a three-point shot coming off the bench in the fourth quarter, with Marcum hitting the final shot of the night.
East was led by Bryson Ramirez coming off the bench to lead his team with seven points. Austin Smith added six points in the loss. The Tartans had seven of eleven players in the scoring column by game’s end.
Northwest travels to Minford on Tuesday in SOC II play while East prepares to host Ironton St. Joe in SOC I play.
Northwest 15 16 22 13 – 66
East 6 9 7 6 – 28
Northwest 66 (1-10, 0-7 SOC II)
Billy Crabtree 6 1-3 13, Nathan Rivers 3 1-2 7, Timmy Emmons 1 3-3 5, Brayden Campbell 3 1-2 7, Brycen Carver 10 2-4 22, Austin Newman 1 0-0 2, Judd Evans 1 0-0 3, Braxton Marcum 1 0-0 3, Brayden Borens 1 0-0 2, Blake Carver 1 0-0 2; TOTALS: 28 8-14 66; Three-point field goals: 2 (Judd Evans, Braxton Marcum 1 apiece)
East 28 (0-12, 0-7 SOC I)
Hagen Metzler 2 0-1 5, Chase Coyle 1 0-0 2, Levi Justice 1 0-2 2, Troy Comer 0 0-0 0, Austin Baughman 0 0-0 0, Kyle Winston 0 0-0 0, Andrew Pyles 0 0-0 0, Landehn Pernell 1 1-2 3, Bryson Ramirez 3 0-1 7, Austin Smith 2 2-5 6, Noah Stiltner 1 0-0 3; TOTALS: 11 3-11 28; Three-point field goals: 3 (Metzler, Ramirez, Stiltner 1 apiece)
Strong second half pushes Lady Mohawks past WU
A strong second half kept the Lady Mohawks’ eight-game winning streak alive Saturday afternoon in a 66-42 non-conference win over visiting West Union.
Northwest struggled offensively in the first half, only outscoring West Union by two in the first quarter.
A young Lady Dragons team took advantage of turnovers and pounded the glass with offensive rebounds to take a 24-23 lead at halftime, outscoring the Lady Mohawks by three in the second quarter.
When head coach Dave Frantz’s team returned after halftime, the Lady Mohawks showed West Union why they are now 13-1, outscoring the Lady Dragons in the third quarter 28-9.
Senior Keirah Potts and junior Valerie Copas led their team in third quarter scoring with 10 points apiece.
Northwest outscored West Union again in the fourth quarter 15-9 to hold onto their comfortable 66-42 win.
Haidyn Wamsleygave a tough defensive effort while offensively leading the Lady Mohawks with a game-high 17 points. The junior forward shot 100% from the line while sinking three made-threes. Copas had 16 points for the game, connecting on two made-threes in the third quarter and helping the Mohawks regain their confidence and lead on the court.
Potts ended the game with 14 total points while shooting four-for-five from the free-throw line. Audrey Knittel came off the bench to score nine points while Ava Jenkins chimed in with six points in the win.
West Union was led by Alexia Rowe with 11 points. Christian Shivener added nine, Maddie Taylor scored eight, and Audrey Weakley had seven points in the loss.
“Coming off a big conference win against Oak Hill Thursday night, we came out a little flat,” Frantz said following Saturday’s win. “We got off to a slow start, but the girls rallied back and finished strong. Audrey Knittel came into the game in the middle of the 2nd quarter and gave us the boost that we needed in the paint. She was the key in turning around the game. I am really happy with her performance today. We also got some good minutes from Terah Webb and Reagan Lewis off of the bench. I thought Wamsley and Copas both had nice games, hitting their long-range jumpers. Jenkins did a nice job defensively. In the second half Potts and Kloe Montgomery played like they can, and we put the game out of reach. It’s nice to be 13-1 but like I tell the girls, we start at 0-0 every game and can’t think about the last game or the next. Eastern on Monday night is our only thought and we have to come ready to play.”
The Lady Mohawks look to continue their winning streak in SOC II action this week as they prepare for a home game against Eastern Monday followed by a trip to Valley on Thursday.
West Union 12 12 9 9 – 42
Northwest 14 9 28 15 – 66
West Union 42
Kendra Grooms 1 1-2 3, Maddie Taylor 4 0-0 8, Molly Purcell 2 0-2 4, Kaitlyn Davis 0 0-0 0, Christian Shivener 2 4-6 9, Alexia Rowe 3 4-6 11, Kayden Francis 0 0-0 0, Audrey Weakley 3 0-0 7; TOTALS: 15 9-16 42; Three-point field goals: 3 (Shivener, Rowe, Weakley 1 apiece)
Northwest 66 (13-1, 8-1 SOC II)
Terah Webb 1 0-0 2, Valerie Copas 6 2-4 16, Haidyn Wamsley 6 2-2 17, Keirah Potts 5 4-5 14, Ava Jenkins 3 0-1 6, Audrey Knittel 3 3-6 9, Kloe Montgomery 1 0-0 2, Reagan Lewis 0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 25 11-18 66; Three-point field goals: 5 (Wamsley 3, Copas 2)
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