Girls roll past Falcons, 63-22
After a slow start in an overtime game against Bangor a day earlier, Northwestern senior Sage Christopher thought the Tigers might come out of the gate a bit slow against Salisbury last Friday.
The opposite turned out to be true, as Northwestern had one of its best starts to a game this season.
The Tigers raced out to a 19-3 lead in the first quarter and exploded for 28 points in the opening eight minutes. That is more than the Tigers would need as they disposed Salisbury Friday night, 63-22, at Northwestern High School.
“Against Bangor we had a really hard game, so I was expecting us to be a little sluggish,” Christopher said. “But I was really impressed by the way we came out really strong. It was exciting and then we put them away.”
Northwestern trailed Bangor 16-12 at halftime before outscoring the Slaters by four in the second half and 7-3 in overtime for the win.
There would be no question early on against a struggling Salisbury (1-6; 1-10) team.
Using its full-court defensive pressure, Northwestern’s trio of Christopher, Emily Sekarek and Sydney Sevrain sparked the early rout.
Alexandra Lister found Christopher with an inbound pass for a three-point play that put Northwestern in front 17-3 early. Christopher then scored on a nice up-and-under move on the next possession to increase the Tigers’ lead to 19-3. A three-pointer from Sydney Sevrain, who finished with 12 points, put the final stamp for Northwestern in the first quarter with 30 seconds to play.
Six different Tigers (11-1 overall; 6-1 in Colonial League) scored in the second quarter to take a 46-12 lead into halftime. The Tigers opened the frame with a 10-0 advantage before Quinn Wittman got Salisbury on the scoreboard with a three-pointer from the left wing. She finished with 12 points, over half of the Falcons’ total.
“We usually don’t press, but coach decided that’s what we needed to do today,” Christopher said. “I am impressed by how the younger girls play. I like playing with them. In the beginning it was a little hard thinking I’m going to be the only starting senior, and there aren’t that many older girls. But they’ve impressed me.”
The duo of Christopher and Sekarek was lethal against Salisbury, and the two used their size to dominate in the paint. Christopher finished with a game-high 15 points, while Sekarek added seven points and eight rebounds.
“I like playing with Emily [Sekarek] especially because not a lot of teams have two big girls that can guard the both of us,” Christopher said. “When her night is on, they are always double-teaming her and I’m open. And vice versa. It’s really great and we work together really well.”
While Christopher is a senior, Sekarek is just a sophomore and proves to be one of the leagues top post players for years to come.
With Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch emptying his bench midway through the third quarter with a 51-12 lead, the Tigers outscored Salisbury in the frame 11-3. Melena Koutch recorded the Falcons’ only field goal as Salisbury shot 1-for-8 in the quarter.
Salisbury returns to action on Thursday at Bangor. Game time is set for 6:45 p.m. at Salisbury High School. Northwestern will host Palisades on the same night.