Lady Chargers top E. Chapel Hill, go to 4-0
Shontai Totten led Northwood to a 4-0 mark on the young girls baskteball season, scoring 14 of her 18 points in the second half as the Lady Chargers defeated East Chapel Hill 67-59 Friday night.
Totten, a junior guard who's been a key player since her freshman year with the Lady Chargers, including last season as Northwood finished 24-5, wasn't able to lead the Lady Chargers, at least on the floor, throughout all of Friday's game.
She spent part of the first half in foul trouble, and on the bench. She spurred the Lady Charger offense in the second half while playing most of the half with three fouls and the last 3:44 of the game with four fouls.
Northwood's depth, as five more Chargers scored seven or more points, meant Totten's baskets were protecting a lead over the Lady Wildcats rather than trying to rally.
In a fast pace preferred by both sides early on, Northwood rolled off the last seven points of the first quarter, ending with freshman Bryn Aydt hitting a three-pointer in the closing seconds for a 19-15 Lady Charger lead.
Freshman Kristian Eanes scored 12 points in the first half, finishing some of the Charger breaks off of turnovers or rebounds while also going 6 for 8 at the foul line. Freshman Jazanae Billings, subbing in in part because of Totten's foul trouble, added five points, four assists and plenty of racing the ball down the court. The Lady Chargers led 36-29 at halftime.
Northwood edged away starting the second half by trading three for two. Totten made two three-pointers while Lady Wildcat sophomore Ali Cyr-Scully, who finished with a game-high 24 points, made two two-pointers, for a 42-33 Northwood lead.
The Lady Wildcats had worked to within six points before Billings scored on a drive down the lane and Eboni Watson took a defensive board and drove coast-to-coast for a twisting lay-up through contact for the last points of the third period and a 52-42 Northwood lead.
The Lady Chargers kept going with the first four points of the fourth quarter. The Lady Chargers led 62-49 when Totten picked up her fourth foul with 3:44 remaining.
Cyr-Scully scored 15 of her 24 points in the second half. Her backcourt mate, freshman T.J. Johnson, added 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.
The Lady Chargers outrebounded East Chapel Hill 43-26 led by senior Jasmine Harris, who had eight points and 14 rebounds.
Totten totaled 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Eanes had 17 points along with Watson (10), Billings (7) and Aydt (7) to complete the Lady Charger scoring.
Northwood, which went 15-1 in the 1A-2A Carolina 12 last season, is entering the Big Eight Conference this season and has two games, Saturday evening welcoming Jordan-Matthews and Tuesday versus Bunn, before the first stretch of Big Eight games.