The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Alex Parsons gets fouled on his way to the basket. Parsons ended the night with nine points and 10 rebounds.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Alex Parsons gets fouled on his way to the basket. Parsons ended the night with nine points and 10 rebounds.

LINDEN – North Montgomery got a little revenge Friday, beating Western Boone 48-46 in a pivotal Sagamore Conference game.

The Chargers got 12 points from Caleb Randolph, nine points and 10 rebounds from Alex Parsons and eight points from Justin Clary off the bench, including two big free throws to seal the win

“Again, it was a very competitive game tonight,” said Charger coach Joel Grindle. “I thought we played with a lot of effort and energy and defensively, we got after it.”

The Stars sat their two leading scorers, Marshall Hodgen and Kaleb McCloskey for much of the first half as they were saddled with foul trouble. However, they shot 56 percent from the floor and held a 26-25 lead at the break.

“We did a really nice job on McCloskey and got him in foul trouble,” Grindle continued. “He was coming off a game where he scored 36, and we limited him to six tonight. That’s the difference in the game.”

Another difference was turnovers. The Chargers forced the Stars into 17 while only turning it over 11 themselves, four of those on offensive fouls.

The Chargers extended their defense midway through the third quarter and went on a 9-1 run to take a 37-36 lead into the fourth. Clary scored six during the run and Ben Dugard had three steals.

“Dugard played really well tonight,” said Grindle. “Although he didn’t score, he had a couple steals that led to points.”

“Clary played well too,” he continued. “They were both really key for us, especially during that run.”

North extended their lead to five, their largest of the game, at 44-39, with 3:40 remaining.

The Chargers held just a slim two-point margin when Clary hit the two free-throws to put the Chargers up 48-44. Those free throws were set up by an offensive rebound by Baylee Adams off of a previous miss.

“Baylee came up with some offensive rebounds off of missed free throws and Parsons had a couple offensive boards,” continued Grindle. “We played hard and together as a team tonight.”

The Stars (7-9, 1-5 SAC) had two in double figures with Zach McMann’s 15 and Garrett Miller’s 10. McCloskey and Hodgen, who each scored 23 against the Chargers in the Classic, finished with six and five respectively.

North (10-6, 3-2 SAC) outrebounded the Stars 26-23 and took 10 more shots than their visitors. They are back in action Saturday as they travel to Attica.

“Their coach Jake Turner is a North Montgomery grad, so you know he wants this game,” said Grindle. “They’ve had a week to scheme for us, but I’ll take the way our kids are playing, and I’ll take them over anyone right now.”