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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZNorthwestern’s Abby Chisdak makes a pass during last week’s win over Salisbury. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZNorthwestern’s Abby Chisdak makes a pass during last week’s win over Salisbury.

Girls beat Salisbury

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Salisbury and Northwestern girls basketball teams had polar opposite games offensively and defensively.

The Falcons were unable to score double digits until the third quarter, but the Tigers reached the 30-point mark before then.

Northwestern (12-5 overall, 8-3 Colonial League) used its size and defense to stifle Salisbury (10-7, 6-5) into its second lowest scoring effort on the season as the Tigers won 50-25 last Thursday night at Salisbury High School.

Northwestern jumped out to leads of 10-2 after one quarter and 24-7 at halftime, never letting the Falcons get closer than 19 points over the course of the game.

“I wasn’t expecting the kind of start to the game that we had,” said head coach Chris Deutsch. “I was nervous all day. I know how great of a team they have, and divisional games on the road are always tough, especially at their place. When they have two girls that can hit threes like they do, it makes it very tough. But I thought our defense tonight was phenomenal. We made them work for everything they got. Our goal was to not let [Caylin] Meikrantz and [Sarah] McGee beat us.”

That goal was reached, and it was a big reason behind the victory.

Caylin Meikrantz tallied a team-high 11 points for Salisbury. The senior also had three rebounds and three steals. Sarah McGee added six points, two rebounds, and two steals for the Falcons. But as a team, the Tigers mixing of formations caused havoc for Salisbury’s offense. They threw zone and man at them at different times, and the offense just could not find a rhythm all night.

But there was a duo on the other end that was a big reason behind the Northwestern success on both ends of the court.

Leighanna Lister and Sage Christopher combined for 26 of the team’s 50 points and grabbed nine and 12 rebounds, respectively. Lister also had three blocks.

“They complement each other very well,” said Deutsch. “They look for one another a lot because we have a lot of high-low sets. They’re very aggressive on the boards, and that showed tonight. They are really hard to guard down there, and the great thing is one is a sophomore and one is a junior so we get them back for another year.

“Sometimes our best offense is our second and third shots. We get the shot up, and then we just pound the glass and try to get more than one opportunity if it misses. Those two do a great job of doing that.”

Jessica Williamson had seven points, and Gabrielle Sevrain contributed five points and nine rebounds.

The Tigers took down Catasauqua in their final game of the regular season two nights ago, and will now focus their attention on the Colonial League quarterfinal matchup Saturday against Moravian Academy.