TROTWOOD — If every foul committed in a girls basketball game was accounted for, games would last for hours on end and most of the scoring would take place at the free throw line.
Other than football the most violent high school sport, without exception, is girls basketball. Most girls games are more like hockey with bodies slamming together and players crashing to the floor on a regular basis. That was the case Saturday when the Northmont Lady Bolts played at Trotwood-Madison. Three players ended up on the floor injured; one Trotwood player and two from Northmont.
The game, which tipped off at 1 p.m., was physical from the outset and if every foul committed was called the game would have easily lasted in excess of four hours. The game officials let the physical play continue, but by the second half the game got out of control and that’s when the injuries took place. Oddly enough, instead of stopping play when a player went down the officials allowed play to continue until it was agonizingly obvious the player was not going to be able to get up off the floor without assistance.
All that aside, neither team could generate much offense in the first quarter due to the physical play with Trotwood holding a 7-5 lead by the end of the first period. Neither team managed to score until 3:30 remained in the first half. Northmont didn’t score its first point of the second quarter until Makayla Cooper sank a free throw with 2:15 left in the half.
The first half concluded with Trotwood holding a 10-9 advantage. Northmont’s offense finally came to life in the second half with the Lady Bolts going on to post a hard fought 40-30 victory. Denissa Sly scored 10 points in the third quarter to spark the offense and finished with 11 overall.
Northmont went on a 10-0 run in the third period to take a 28-16 lead and entered the final quarter holding a 31-20 advantage and hung on to win 40-30.
“It was a very physical game. We told the girls that we always expect a very physical game when we come here and to keep their composure,” said Northmont Coach Bethany Kincer. “I think we did a lot better job keeping composed and playing as a team today. We knocked down our free throws when we needed to. We came out and won this game with defense with pressure at the top of the key and forced some turnovers to go on a 10-0 run.”
Shalaya Heath led Northmont with seven rebounds and Makayla Cooper had six. With the win Northmont improved to 3-1 overall while Trotwood fell to 1-3.
Northmont will host Bellbrook on Monday at 7:30 p.m., plays at Springboro on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and then hosts Troy on Saturday at 6 p.m.
NMT 05 09 31 40 – 40
T-M 07 10 20 30 – 30
Northmont: Makayla Cooper 7, Cory Mangen 4, Anna Mangen 3, Ashley Jones 5, Erin Mangen 4, Denissa Sly 11, Shalaya Heath 4, Alexia Payne 2. Totals: 15-9-40.
Trotwood-Madison: Nia Martin 7, Alyeaah Murphy 4, Taj Thompson 8, Kellah Flucas 5, Mercedes Woodward 6. Totals: 12-3-40.
Three-point goals: Northmont 1 (A. Mangen); Trotwood 3 (Thompson 2, Flucas).
Records: Northmont 3-1, Trotwood 1-3.
Cory Mangen tries to position herself for a shot as Trotwood’s Mercedes Woodward defends.
Makayla Cooper drives into the paint with Khadijah Ahmad defending the lane.
Denissa Sly scores a third quarter layup against Trotwood-Madison.
Jenna Hoschouer fires a pass to the baseline at Trotwood.
Erin Mangen looks to make a pass from the corner as Trotwood’s Mercedes Woodward applies defensive pressure.