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Northwood's Lady Chargers win their second straight conference championship

Posted Saturday, February 23, 2013

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Pittsboro, NC - Jasmine Atkins, a freshman, scored 18 points and Shontai Totten added 10 points as the Northwood girls defeated by Granville Central, 42-41. Northwood's girls basketball (22-4) added the tournament championship title to their regular-season crown. This is the second consecutive championship for the Lady Chargers. Friday night's game was a rematch of last year's conference championship.

Northwood blitzed Granville Central 61-26 in the regular season finale last Friday.

After Northwood built an 8-4 early lead, the Lady Chargers extended their margin to 19-14 by halftime. Northwood’s biggest lead in the fourth quarter came with 7:08 left in the game.

Northwood led most of the way, but Evans hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including one with 1 minute, 38 seconds to play that put Granville Central ahead 41-40.

Jasmine Harris made the final two points of the game and gave the lead back to Northwood at 42-41 with 51 seconds remaining.

Both sides move on to the NCHSAA 2A State Tournament. Northwood will be a No. 1 seed. The first round of states is set for Monday night.

Northwood 42, Granville Central 41
NORTHWOOD — Maria Vanderford 8, Jasmine Atkins 18, Shontai Totten 10, Jasmine Harris 6.
GRANVILLE CENTRAL — Tamara Crews 4, Keena Evans 25, Briona Blair 10, Makayla Hester 2.

Granville Central|4|10|13|14—41

Rebounds—Granville Central 17 (Evans 6, Blair 6); Northwood2 (Atkins 8). Assists—Northwood 10 (Gabby Mehninger 2, Alexis Brower 2, Totten 2).
Records—Northwood 22-4, Granville Central 21-6.

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Northwood's Lady Chargers win their second straight conference championship
photos by Gene Galin