The Raiders ousted non-conference opponent Providence Academy, 64-40, in high school basketball action Tuesday night at the Knights’ gym.
Every player on North’s roster scored with Blake Spradlin leading the way with 15 points. Thomas Brown added 12.
Providence was led by Cameron Patterson with 14 points.
“We talk about all the time coming out of the first three minutes of the second half and outplaying our opponent,” North head coach Travis Cain said. “We got in some foul trouble early with two starters going to the bench with two fouls, but it was next man up. They played as a team tonight. I’m really proud of them.”
North slowly built a 12-point lead at the end of the first half behind good inside play, out-muscling the Knights in the paint. The 3-point ball was keeping Providence in the game, but the Knights needed to make a few more. The game had an exhilarating first quarter with both teams nailing shots from the outside and even a highlight dunk by Providence’s Coby Backus.
The Golden Raiders blitzed the Knights coming out of the half, scoring six straight points within the first 1 1/2 minutes thanks to the transition game. The lead swelled to 23 points late in the third as the Knights offense had suddenly gone cold from the outside. It was a reflection on the scoreboard as well as Providence scored only four points in the third quarter.
Providence 42, Sullivan North 30
The Lady Knights controlled the game from the outset, but Sullivan North gave them a late scare.
Providence eventually pulled out the win with some late free throws.
Madi Runnels was half of the offense for Providence as she had 21 points. Courtney Stover chipped in with 10.
Sullivan North was led by Maddie Winters with nine points.
“During the first quarter, I thought we were just going to go and score, because that’s how we’ve been playing,” Providence head coach Mike Cash said. “We got frustrated a bit and had trouble scoring in the halfcourt offense. I’m proud of our girls for playing through.”
The Lady Knights took it to the Lady Raiders early, blasting them in the opening quarter with full-court pressure and jumping out to a 17-1 lead.
Providence quickly extinguished any hopes of a comeback with eight unanswered points midway through the third quarter that ran the lead back up to 19 points.
The Lady Raiders made another hard surge to cut the lead down to 10 points with 5:29 left in the game, but could get no closer as the Lady Knights had an answer every time.
North made only eight field goals while shooting 26 free throws, making just 12 of them.