Neither coach was satisfied with their team’s first-half efforts in Northside’s 59-48 win Redemptorist on Tuesday.
The Class 2A Lady Wolves (7-4) trailed Class 4A Northside 32-26 at halftime, but most of the action came in the second half. Northside eventually led by as many as 20 points in the second half before Redemptorist cut that lead to eight with only about a minute to go.
Two consecutive give-and-go plays from Brianna Dixon to Ja’Kaitlyn Matthews sparked an 18-4 Northside run that spanned the third and fourth quarter. Northside (9-2) led 53-34 in with 4:58 left in the fourth, and Northside head coach Gayle Montalvo enjoyed the second half much more than the first.
“I found us dragging and sluggish (before halftime),” Montalvo said. “In the first half we were still on the bus trying to cross the Atchafalaya Basin.
“Then after we got into the bottom of the third, we seemed to start to wake up.”
But when Lady Wolves center Morgan Johnson hustled for an offensive rebound and hit Reagan Williams under the goal for an easy layup, it woke up the Lady Wolves and sparked quick 9-1 Redemptorist run which eventually led to cutting Northside’s lead to 11 midway through the fourth quarter. Redemptorist interim head coach Alicia Collins was unhappy with her team’s energy throughout the first three quarters.
“It was a lack of effort, we didn’t play our game,” Collins said. “We pretty much beat ourselves. It was just a lack of effort. At the end of the game we tried to have effort in the fourth quarter, but we didn’t play consistently throughout.”
Northside had three players finish with double digit scoring.
Tachiana Ledet and Ja’Kaitlyn Matthews led the Lady Vikings with 17 points each. Ledet finished with four 3-pointers. Ebony Jackson added 12 points and one 3-pointer.
For Redemptorist, Reagan Williams scored 12 points, Kendricka Carter added 10 and Shardae Melancon pitched in 11 points with three 3-pointers.
Melancon’s sideline drive and layup brought the Lady Wolves within eight points with 1:22 left in the game.
“We got in deep, denied the ball and played good defense at the end,” Collins on her team’s fourth-quarter run. “We got off some good shots and we got some turnovers and a few steals.”
Northside freethrows halted Redemptorist’s comeback efforts. Both teams were in the bonus with five minutes left to go in the game and Northside shot 11 of its 24 free throws in the fourth quarter, making six.
“It’s a different ball game when they play their game, and they woke up, thank God,” Montalvo said. “I’m not sure whether its just lack of attention to the game and having our mindset set somewhere else, but wherever it is, I’m going to find out.”