Northern’s girls ground Warriors
Facing a very tough opponent early in the season, the Wheatmore girls learned a lot about what it will take to be the good team it can potentially be.
Northern Guilford scored the first nine points of the game, then just wore down the Warriors with solid inside-outside offense and tough defense in beating tournament host Wheatmore 65-32 on Saturday in the Headliners Challenge.
In the final game of the event on Saturday, Wheatmore’s boys edged Northern Guilford 62-54.
Jason Ozment and Anthony Harris scored 15 points each for the Warriors (2-0), while Madison Fountain added 12 and Jordan Fulp had 10.
“It was definitely not even close to how we played on Wednesday (in a win against Providence Grove),” girls coach Nicole Clausi said. “In the beginning, I told them that our defense was keeping us in it. And then our defense started slowly falling off, which made our offense fall off as well.
“We were stagnant on both offense and defense, just kind of standing still. But I told the girls that I saw how they played on Wednesday, and they know how they played. And that’s how we expect them to play. I don’t know if there were nerves or intimidation tonight, but it wasn’t anywhere close to Wheatmore basketball.”
Taylor Walker scored 20 points to lead the Warriors (1-1), who play Tuesday at West Davidson. Amanda Coffer had 20 points, followed by Gabby Boyd with 15 and Sydney Wilson with 14 for the Nighthawks, who led 33-17 at halftime and methodically stretched their lead in the second half.
“It was definitely a learning experience for the younger girls and it was a chance for the older girls to step up and be leaders,” Clausi said. “... It shows us what we need to work on against a very strong team, a bigger team — Northern’s a lot bigger than Providence Grove.”