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Northwood Academy High School
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Northwood girls shake off first loss and continue roll


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville - Going undefeated through the course of a long basketball season is pretty hard to do. Winning is the goal in every game but sometimes the shots don’t fall and losses happen.

Northwood Academy’s girls basketball team has met defeat only once during their first 18 games of the 2019-20 season. That loss came in the championship game of a post-Christmas tournament to Cabell Midland of Ona, West Virginia. The loss came after Northwood opened the season with 12 straight wins.

Since the loss, the Chargers have reeled off five wins, including a key region victory over First Baptist on January 17.

“We’ve played a good early schedule and the fun thing about these tournaments is the opportunity to play some teams from outside our area,” coach Ginnell Curtis said. “These games could help us in February when we’re trying to win a state championship. We hate to lose but if we learn from it, we can accept it and move on.”

The Chargers indeed have learned from their poor outing. At one point, Northwood trailed, 25-1, before a strong second half. They ended up losing, 52-42.

“I told the girls at halftime we could either quit or we could try to fight our way back and make a game of it,” Curtis said. “I knew we were better than we had played. I thought they showed some resiliency in the second half. We played with a lot more energy.”

The focus now turns to the SCISA AAA postseason. Northwood will be one of the top contenders for the state title but defending state champion Cardinal Newman remains the favorite.

Balance scoring continues to be the strength of this year’s team as six players on the roster contribute at least seven points per game.

The leading scorer is eighth-grader Alayah Birch, who averages 13.1 points per game. Birch also dishes out 4.4 assists per game while tacking on nearly four steals per outing.

Junior post KeAirra Gregory adds 11.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while freshman Amiyah Ferguson is scoring 10.4 points and handing out 4.7 assists per game.

Junior Anaya Manigault is scoring 7.7 points and pulling down 5.4 rebounds per game. Freshman Kayla Jones adds 7.6 points and 8.1 rebounds while sophomore Rachel Ambroise is scoring 7.2 points with 3.5 steals per game.





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