North advances to championship game
By: Bradley Cole
North Henderson’s boys basketball team is in the championship game of the Knights Christmas Tournament, and a mix of stellar defense and offense is the reason why.
North Henderson beat Madison on Wednesday night by scoring 92 points and racking up 32 steals.
On Thursday night, they did much of the same, this time scoring 78 points and collecting 14 steals in a 78-47 victory against Rosman (7-3).
The Knights (9-2 ) opened the game with a 15-0 run that had five different North Henderson players scoring. The team continued their team-play throughout the first half, and went into the halftime break clinging to a 19-point lead.
“We’re improving everyday, our team chemistry is getting better every night,” North coach Justin Paris said.
North used that team chemistry to their advantage in the second half, as Rosman only scored 23 points throughout the last 16 minutes, locking up North Henderson’s big 31-point victory.
All-in-all, North found success on Thursday night by turning impressive defense into offensive points.
“We’re scoring more points, not when we are playing great offense, but when we play great defense. Great defense turns into great offense,” Paris said.
North also found success in Hunter Stackhouse. The sizable junior scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds against a physical Tiger team.
“I just try to make the most of every opportunity we get. Keeping the ball alive offensively and defensively on the boards, taking good open shots, and playing tough defense to make it hard for our opponents to score,” Stackhouse said.
Other scorers for the Knights were Markese Lynch (15) and Kyle Decker (7).
North Henderson will now face Veritas tomorrow night in the championship game with a starting time of 6:45 p.m.
Lady Knights fall in semi-finals
After defeating Polk County 48-33 in the first round of their own tournament, the North Henderson women’s basketball team dropped its Knights Christmas Tournament semi-final game to T.C. Roberson 46-34 on Thursday evening.
Senior forward Caroline Marsh led the way with 16 points and 19 rebounds. This was Marsh’s fifth double-double of the season. Senior guard Teegan Bullock added 11 points.
The Lady Knights fall to 6-6 on the season and will play in the third place game of the Knights Christmas Tournament tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. versus the Eagles of East Henderson.
The Lady Rams improve to 7-3 and will play for the Knights Christmas Tournament Championship versus the Mountaineers of Mitchell at 5:30 p.m.
Notes: All games are played at Tom Pryor Gymnasium on the campus of North Henderson High School.
As North Henderson and East Henderson are WNCAC foes, the game will not be a WNCAC game as they are in a tournament setting.