Lady Mohawks win 20th, top Tigers

Staff report

Northwest senior Keirah Potts

Northwest senior Keirah Potts

Courtesy of Laci Timmons

McDERMOTT — The Northwest Lady Mohawks sure made their makeups worth it.

That’s because the Lady Mohawks, following last Saturday’s sectional championship loss against Oak Hill, bounced back nicely this past week to finish their season strong —as Northwest won its 20th game of the year on Thursday.

After edging Minford 40-39 in Monday’s makeup matchup, the Lady Mohawks did the same to visiting Waverly —prevailing 44-40 to officially close the book on the 2019-20 campaign.

Northwest won 20 games this season against only four losses, something which hadn’t been accomplished in its girls basketball program in several years.

The Lady Mohawks went 13-3 for runner-up honors in the Southern Ohio Conference Division II, as they had to make up their two remaining league bouts —both at home this past week.

Already eliminated from Division III postseason tournament play, Northwest made it 2-for-2 —and sent sole senior Keirah Potts out on the right note.

It was Waverly’s final game of the year as well, as the Lady Tigers —having lost last Saturday’s Division II sectional championship tilt against Miami Trace (50-36) —end their season at 12-11, and at 7-9 in the SOC II.

The contest stood tied at 23-23 following the third quarter, but Northwest won the final canto 21-17 —on the strength of two three-pointers from Haidyn Wamsley and 5-of-6 free throws from Ava Jenkins.

Potts and sophomore Reagan Lewis landed a pair of field goals in the frame as well.

Northwest held a narrow 17-14 advantage in total field goals, but only made seven of its 17 free throws — though it got away with that thanks to the Lady Tigers missing eight out of 15.

Both clubs scored four first-quarter points, with Waverly senior standout Zoiee Smith splashing a three-pointer and Kelli Stewart splitting a pair of free throws —as Wamsley, who scored a team-high 13 points, made both baskets for Northwest.

Smith scored all six of Waverly’s second-period points on three field goals, while Wamsley canned the first of her three made threes.

The Mohawks doubled up the Tigers 12-6 in the quarter, as Northwest also got two-point goals from Lewis, Jenkins, Potts and Valerie Copas, who also scored a basket apiece in the third and fourth frames.

Potts also split a pair of foul shots in the second.

The Lady Tigers turned the tables in the third quarter, winning it 13-7 —as Northwest’s Kloe Montgomery managed all five of her points in the period.

But the Lady Mohawks mustered those 21 fourth-quarter marks, and were able to chalk up their 20th season triumph.

Smith scored 19 points in her final game for Waverly —on four twos, three threes and 2-of-3 free throws.

Michaela Rhoads recorded the Lady Tigers’ other two triples, while Stewart scored five points on a bucket and 3-of-5 freebies.

Paige Carter and Carli Knight notched four points apiece, while Sarah Thompson tallied a fourth-quarter field goal.

With the exception of Potts, the Lady Mohawks are expected to return the remaining roster for next season.

Northwest senior Keirah Potts senior Keirah Potts Courtesy of Laci Timmons

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