By Robbie Robertson
The Winston County Journal
It wasn’t a very good opening week for the Noxapater football teams as both boys and girls lost both games.
The Lady Tigers lost 59-34 to Ethel and then dropped a 61-49 decision to Philadelphia. The Tigers weren’t as fortunate, falling 55-29 to Ethel and 81-33 to Philadelphia.
Both teams will return to play after the Thanksgiving break with a road trip to J.Z. George on Tuesday.
Philadelphia girls 61,
The Lady Tigers fell to the Lady Tornadoes in the home opener.
Philly jumped out to a big lead in the first period, outscoring the Lady Tigers 15-4. But Noxapater bounced back by outscoring the Lady Tornadoes 18-13 in the second period as Philly led 28-22 at the half.
But the third period was a lot like the first for Noxapater as Philadelphia outscored the Lady Tigers 20-8 to take a commanding 48-30 lead into the fourth period.
Olivia McDonald led Noxapater with 23 points, two rebounds and two steals. Faith Harrington had nine points and nine rebounds. Ashanti Burnside had eight points, three rebounds and three steals.
Nia Lockett led Philly with 23 points.
Philadelphia boys 81,
The Tornadoes outscored the Tigers in every period and cruised to a 48-point win.
Philly led 16-4 after the first period and 39-12 at the half. The onslaught continued in the third as the Tornadoes outscored the Tigers 16-8 and 26-13 in the fourth.
Malik Miller led Noxapater with 18 points while Depodray Coburn had 11 points.
Ethel girls 51,
Ethel used big scoring advantages in the first and fourth period as they took a 12-point win over Noxapater in the season opener for the Tigers.
Ethel jumped out to a 15-8 lead before Noxapater took the second period 18-12 to take a 27-26 lead at the half.
In a low-scoring third period, Ethel took a 9-7 advantage to lead 36-33 at the end of the third. Ethel stretched out the lead in the fourth, outscoring Noxapater 18-6 to take the win.
Olivia McDonald led Noxapater with 16 points while Madelyn Wilkes had seven points.
Akiliah Erving had 25 points for Ethel.
Ethel boys 55,
In the season opener, Noxapater struggled to find the basket in a 26-point loss to Ethel.
Ethel came out firing as they outscored Noxapater 15-6 in the first and 9-4 in the second period to take a 24-10 lead at the half. Noxapater fought back in the third period, outscoring Ethel 17-12 to cut the lead to 36-27. But that’s as close as Noxapater got as Ethel had a 19-2 advantage in the fourth to pull away with the win.
Malik Miller led Noxapater with 18 points.