ND Green Wave 2/5/13

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 5, 2013

In the North Delta/Marshall Jr. High ladies game Thursday night, North Delta’s Sarah Johnson (center) gets wrapped in a squeeze play in order to make her give up the ball. The Panolian photo by Glennie Pou

Jr. High Green Wave end season in tournament

By Brad Greer

Both the North Delta boys and girls junior high basketball teams saw their season come to an end in the semi-final round of the District 1-AA tournament  Thursday at North Delta.

Turnovers plagued the Lady Waves in their 34-26 loss to Marshall as North Delta turned the ball over 22 times in the contest.

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Meanwhile on the boys side of the bracket, North Delta never got out of the starting block as No.1 seed Indianola jumped out to a 22-3 first quarter lead before coasting to a 59-38 victory.

Marshall  gained the upper hand early in the first quarter by taking a 8-0 advantage in the girls contest. But Janie Brasell, who led North Delta in scoring with 13 points, nailed a pair of three pointers while Sarah Johnson added a field goal to tie the game at 8-8 after one period of play.

The Lady Waves then went cold from the floor in the second quarter  as Brasell accounted for the  two points of the stanza. Alexis McGregor and Kara Novarese knocked down a pair of treys for Marshall as the Patriots took a 14-10 lead at halftime.

Both teams scrapped tooth and nail thoughout the third quarter as Marshall maintained its four point lead despite North Delta closing the margin to one point on two different occasions.

The Lady Patriots slowly began to pull away in the fourth quarter as Blake Martin connected on a three-pointer for the left side to give Marshall a 23-16 lead. Novarese, who led all scorers with 18 points added five points in the last two minutes to help the Patroits pull away.

Johnson followed Brasell in scoring with five points while Ginger Stephens added four. Megan Bollinger and Caroline Dickins finished with two points each.

The boys semi final contest was not as close however as Indianola raced to a 15-0 cushion before Dennis King got North Delta on the board with a three pointer at the 1:00 mark of the first quarter.

Will Kidder paced North Delta with  nine points while Cole Devazier added seven. Joseph Wright followed with six  points.King and Russ Lewis provided five each while Tripp Savage scored three. John Haga Lewis and Austin Pointer rounded out the scoring with two points.