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Northwood Academy High School
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Northwood girls hit stretch drive in good region position

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Getting off to a 2-0 start in region 1-AAA is a good sign for the Northwood Academy girls basketball team but coach Ginnell Curtis knows the toughest stretch of games is yet to come for her 2018-19 squad.

The Chargers once again look to be a major player in the SCISA AAA state title chase. The program won three straight titles before falling in the semi-finals of last year’s state tournament.

While focused on the ultimate prize, the Chargers have to first survive what should be a very competitive battle in the region. Northwood may be the favorite but Curtis expects big challenges from First Baptist and Porter-Gaud. Even Pinewood Prep, now they are getting healthy, could present some problems.

Northwood opened region play with wins over Pinewood Prep and Ashley Hall. They face Pinewood again on January 22 and play Ashley Hall a week later.

Expected to be two of the biggest games of the region season will be the matchups with First Baptist, coached by former Northwood coach Presley Singleton. Round one of the two-game series comes on January 18, with the rematch scheduled for February 8th. Northwood plays Porter-Gaud on January 25th and in the regular season finale on February 12.

The Chargers also have non-region games remaining with Stall (January 26), Florence Christian (February 1) and Charleston Homeschool (February 5).

Northwood is 15-6 overall this season. Senior post Carrington Simpson continues to put up solid numbers, averaging 14 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Senior Tyashia Bostick adds 11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists while connecting on 19 three-pointers.

Senior La’Royalty Jones is adding 11 points and four steals per game. Jones leads the team with 29 made three-pointers while sophomore Anaya Manigault is scoring 7.7 points and grabbing five rebounds per contest.

Freshman Rachel Ambroise is scoring nearly six points while grabbing three boards per game. She has made 17 shots from beyond the arc.

The Chargers are getting it done on the defensive end as well, allowing just 36 points per game overall.

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