For a little more than 14 minutes, Northshore’s girls basketball team owned its Monday game against Lakeshore in the Haynes Tournament at the De La Salle gym.
The Panthers (7-8) led 27-14 with only 1:54 remaining in the first half.
But Lakeshore’s payback, cashed in by “a higher energy level” and what coach Steve Lopinto described as defensive “hugs”, enabled the Titans to go on a 26-0 run over the next nine minutes and win 45-37.
In the second game, host Haynes (9-6) defeated Academy of Our Lady, 43-40, securing the win in the final minute of play.
Haley Gonzales’ basket with less than a minute to play gave Haynes a 41-40 lead. Belema Derefaka’s layup with 19 seconds left secured the win for the Yellow Jackets.
Lakeshore (9-10) returned to defeat Thomas Jefferson 49-24 in the third game.
In the opener, Northshore was comfortably ahead before Lakeshore’s Raquel Davis ignited an 11-0 run that trimmed the advantage to 27-25 by halftime. Davis scored 11 of her 13 points in the second period and seven in the final two minutes. She also had 11 rebounds in the game.
After halftime, Lakeshore (8-10) opened with a 15-0 run and took a 40-27 lead before Caitlin Craddock’s 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter ended Northshore’s 8-minute, 54-second scoring drought.
Northshore’s Sydney Houlemard scored 14 of the Panthers’ first 27 points, repeatedly penetrating the Lakeshore defense for layups and short jump shots. She finished with 21 points but was held scoreless in the third period.
Lakeshore switched to a triangle-and-two defense in the second half. “We just want to hug her a little (on defense),” Lopinto said of Houlemard. “Near the end of the first half I asked the girls to play with some energy, with some enthusiasm.
“I think it worked.”
Northshore Coach Bill Gallagher said “for a quarter and a half, we found out how good we can play.
“The rest of it was not very good basketball. They outplayed us.”
Julia Dean contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds to the Titans effort. Kenyetta Allen scored five points early in the third period and Paige Hulin hit two critical 3-pointers.
“Paige and Kierston Cousin really played well in the third period,” said Lopinto of his reserves. “We used a lot of energy in those two quarters.
“We only scored one point in the fourth quarter, but I was holding the ball; conserving energy for the late game.”
In the late game against Thomas Jefferson, Davis scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Lakeshore. Victoria Ross had 11 points and Cousin came off the bench to contribute 10.
It was Lakeshore’s fourth game in four days.