Girls extend win streak

Northgate’s Meadow Conley faces a tough Sto-Rox defense during Monday’s win for the Lady Flames. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen


You would have to go back at least a couple of decades to find a four-game win streak for the Northgate girls’ basketball team, which the Lady Flames achieved following two wins over the past week.

The Flames hosted Sto-Rox in a section match this past Monday, overcoming a slow start on their way to a 45-35 victory. Northgate got on the board first when Tori Oberst connected on a three-pointer from the left side near the midpoint of the opening quarter. Sto-Rox pulled even at 3-3, but Niko Scott-Tripli scored on a turning shot in the lane to put the Flames back in front.

The Vikings answer-ed by converting a three-point play and then scoring on a wide open play underneath to lead 8-5.

Oberst made the second of two free throws after being fouled, which cut the deficit to 8-6 when the quarter ended. Sto-Rox increased their lead to six points in the second quarter, but a transition basket by Tripli and a three-ball by Ciara Mason had Northgate trailing 14-13. Oberst added a pair of free throws as the teams traded scores, and the Vikings held a 16-15 lead at the half.

Northgate got a boost when Maddy Abramowicz dominated play with six points and five boards coming in the third quarter. Deneisha Williams, Mason and Meadow Conley added to the offense as the Flames out-scored the Vikings 14-4 in the period to lead 29-20.

A free throw by Shayla Stiegler gave Northgate a 10-point lead to begin the fourth quarter, but Sto-Rox chipped away at the lead and trailed 35-32 with 2:02 remaining in the game. Tripli and Williams combined for eight points in a 10-3 Flames run down the stretch to secure the 45-35 victory.

Tripli and Williams finished with 12 points each followed by Mason with nine points.

Last Thursday, Northgate traveled to Riverview and picked up another win in section play, defeating the Raiders 61-51.

The Flames (9-5, 4-3) played at section leader Vincentian (11-1, 6-0) last night with the results not available at press time.