The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Charger Caroline McClaskey led the Chargers with 11 points.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Charger Caroline McClaskey led the Chargers with 11 points.

LINDEN – The North Montgomery girls’ basketball team drove for 12 straight points in the third quarter against Danville Friday but could not keep the momentum, giving Danville the win 46-32.

A sluggish first quarter saw a total of four points between both teams in the first seven minutes.

“During the first half there weren’t much exes and ohs to talk about,” Charger coach Ryan Nuppnay said. “We talked about effort, attitude, and will. And that showed in the third quarter. They didn’t back down from them.”

After four points from Danville at the start of the third, the Warriors were 13 ahead before North’s comeback with six from Becca Adams, four from Caroline McClaskey, and two from Kelsey Sabens. Score going into the fourth was 26-25.

“We tried to spread the offense out and get more drives,” Nuppnau commented concerning the size of Danville. “We were trying to attack their hips more, trying to pull them out of the paint, which worked well in the third quarter but the fourth quarter we went back to being in the lane too much and couldn’t get back on defense.”

Danville was only .306 for field goals while North was at .229 but what really pulled the Warriors ahead was Maleha Motter’s eight free throws in the fourth quarter.

Motter, Hannah Newby and other starters were pulled in the first and Nuppnau said that is when they should have capitalized.

“That is a great opportunity for us to take the lead and set the tone but we just went through the motions,” he said.

North is at 8-11, 3-2 SAC maintain their fifth spot in SAC after Lebanon defeated Tri-West and Western Boone beat Frankfort. Lebanon and Danville remain the only undefeated teams in the conference.