North’s Boys, Girls defuse Rockets

North takes two from Reynolds

By: Hunter Street

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Caroline Marsh (35) passes the ball to Teegan Bullock (32) versus A.C. Reynolds. Photo Credit: Hunter Street

Women’s Basketball – North Henderson 40, A.C. Reynolds 34

Coming off of two weeks of no games, and playing A.C. Reynolds who just played Tuesday, the Lady Knights were well prepared. North (2-1) started off a little sluggish in the first quarter versus the Rockets of A.C. (1-5). After leading 12-7 to end the first, the Lady Knights stepped up their defense and shut Reynolds down allowing only two points before halftime. North held a 21-9 advantage going into the break.

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Rileigh Shiver (21) shoots the ball versus A.C. Reynolds. Photo Credit: Hunter Street

For the most part the game played evenly throughout the third quarter. However as it ended, the Rockets were called for five fouls on one Knight possession. North went into the fourth up 29-18 with Reynolds recording nine fouls to the Knights one. The Rockets fought back and put a lot of pressure on North and especially Senior Point Guard, Teegan Bullock. They couldn’t manage to get within five points and the Knights took the victory, 40-34.

Caroline Marsh, a Senior Power Forward, led the way with a double-double, with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Teegan Bullock followed that up with 10 points of her own and 4 steals.

Marsh commented on her double double, “It feels really good knowing that I did the little things right. We kind of struggled on the boards tonight with rebounding but I tried to hold my ground in there with some big girls.”

Bullock spoke about the final moments adding, “I feel really confident on the free-throw line, and with under two minutes left I knew what to do for my team. Free-throws really do win games.”

The Lady Knights move to 2-1 on the season and travel to Hendersonville on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m.

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Austin Nelson (24) dunks the ball versus A.C. Reynolds. Photo Credit: Hunter Street

Men’s Basketball – North Henderson 70, A.C. Reynolds 53

Just as the Lady Knights had not played in around two weeks, the Knights hadn’t either. North (2-1) was hot from the start. The Knights defense held the Rockets (1-4) to five first quarter points and led 16-5. Eleven of those sixteen were scored by none other than Senior Guard, Austin Nelson. Nelson and the Knights kept rolling and held a 31-16 edge at halftime.

North didn’t slow down in the third quarter and with four minutes to go in the third, Nelson stole the ball, dribbled down the court, and threw down a dunk which got the crowd into it. The Knights were up 48-32 entering the fourth.

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Kalin Ensley (34) dunks the ball versus A.C. Reynolds. Photo Credit: Hunter Street

Early in the fourth, an  A.C. player was charged with a technical foul that sent North to the free throw line. The Rockets were in deep foul trouble, but that didn’t deter the Knights. Sophomore Kalin Ensley caught an outlet pass from Nelson and slammed it for two just as his teammate did earlier. The Knights closed out the game, cruising to a 70-53 win.

Nelson led the Knights with a double double, 28 points and 10 rebounds. Ensley added 17 points as well as 7 rebounds.

Head Coach Justin Paris spoke on the win, saying “It was good because we’d been off for two weeks and we had to shake some rust off. It feels good and gives us confidence going forward into the future. We’ve got Hendersonville Tuesday if they lose their playoff game. We’re taking it one step at a time,” when asked about next week’s WNCAC opener at West Henderson.

North is now 2-1 on the year and will travel to Hendersonville on Tuesday, December 6th at 8:00 p.m.

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