CLAYTON – After suffering a 10 point loss to National West rival Lebanon on Nov. 28 the Northmont girls basketball team bounced back into the win column Monday with 63-36 victory over American South opponent Stebbins.
The Lady Bolts established control early by going on an 11-0 run to take a 15-2 first quarter lead. Junior guard Kaitlyn McCrary accounted for nine of Northmont’s 17 first quarter points and scored 12 in the first half including a pair of 3-pointers. She made two steals in the first quarter to score easy layups. She ended the game with a team leading 18 points.
Stebbins only managed to score three baskets in the second quarter, all from 3-point range, to trail 31-15 at halftime.
McCrary opened the second half scoring for Northmont and Makayla Cooper scored on a put-back, buried a 3-pointer and sank a pair of free throws to boost the lead to 40-17. Camryn Nadir followed with a steal and a score and McCrary scored inside again to make it 44-17.
From there Northmont cruised to an easy 27 point victory to improve to 2-1 overall. Stebbins fell to 0-2.
Sophomore 6-foot center Jacquel Bronaugh scored nine of her 14 points in the second half. Paired with senior 5-foot, 10-inch center Shalaya Heath the Lady Bolts dominated play inside the paint. Eight of Northmont’s 11 players scored to contribute to the victory.
“We definitely have a lot of kids that can score some points, we just have to continue to step it up on the defensive side,” said Northmont Coach Bethany Kincer. “Bronaugh is a sophomore and I have been trying to give all of my sophomores as much playing time as we can. Bronaugh has been a very good presence inside the paint for us along with Heath and (Gabby) Kline. We are not usually big underneath so it’s nice to have so many threats inside this year as well as so many threats outside.”
Kincer was also happy with how many steals her team was able to come up with during the victory.
“Kaitlyn McCrary, Camryn Nadir and Makayla Cooper are so fast. I just keep telling them that we have to have our offense boosted by our defense and get in the passing lanes and to just continue to use their speed to make that happen,” Kincer added.
STEB 06 15 23 36 – 36
NMT 17 31 48 63 – 63
Stebbins: Shelbie Morgan 4-0-10, Kennedie Lingg 1-0-3, Sophia Coaston 1-1-3, Bailey Roche 2-0-6, Katelynn Johnson 2-0-4, Korina Murphy 1-3-6, Olivia Newlin 0-1-1, Haylee Gunter 1-0-3. Totals: 12-5-36.
Northmont: Makayla Cooper 4-2-11, Camryn Nadir 4-0-8, Kaitlyn McCrary 8-0-18, Amair Bradford 1-0-2, Dasia Turner 1-0-2, Shalaya Heath 2-2-6, Ashley Besingi 1-0-2, Jacquel Bronaugh 6-2-14. Totals: 27-6-63.
3-point goals: Stebbins 6 (Morgan 2, Johnson 2, Murphy, Gunter); Northmont 3 (McCrary 2, Cooper).
Records: Stebbins 0-2, Northmont 2-1.
Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@aimmediamidwest.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind