The Northshore High girls’ basketball team remained unbeaten in District 6-5A play after a recent 49-28 win on the road against Mandeville.

Defense was the name of the game for the Panthers, who held Mandeville to seven points in the first half, including only a single point in the second quarter

Chrya Butler led the way for Northshore with a game-high 14 points, and sophomore Soniyah Reed finished with 13 points. Kristen Baham was the leading scorer for the Skippers with seven, and Sarah Tullos finished with six points.

Northshore never trailed in the game. Senior guard Alyssa West hit a 3-pointer only 12 seconds in. The Panthers raced out to a quick 7-0 lead before Mandeville cracked the scoreboard, and they had a 14-6 advantage at the end of the first period.

The Panthers took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Skippers 16-1. Mandeville’s lone points of the quarter came on a Meagan Bubeck free throw with 7:12 remaining.

Mandeville opened the second half with a 10-2 run, cutting the deficit to 32-17 with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

“The story of the game was our ability to defend,” Butler said. “The defense has been the key to our success thus far this season.”

Ranked eighth in the latest Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A state power rankings, the Panthers have a chance to have a very special 2019 on the court.

“This is a quality basketball team that plays together,” Butler said. “Are we capable of making a run? Absolutely, but the key is taking it one game at a time. Don’t think several games ahead because they won’t mean anything if you don’t win the game you are playing in right then and there.

“We, of course, can improve in multiple different aspects as the season progresses, but it’s like I said earlier, it all starts with defense. If we can continue to play defense at a high level, I like our chances for success.”

Northshore boys top Mandeville  

Tied 50-50 with 5:32 remaining, the Northshore High boys’ team outscored Mandeville 19-9 to close out the game with a 69-59 road win in 6-5A play.

Tyrese Terrell led the way for Northshore with 22 points, and Devin Myers had 17. Will Sheppard had 17 points to lead the way for the Skippers and Bryce Weinmunson finished with 13.