Northern teams fall in Person tourney

Dec. 02, 2013 @ 11:08 PM

Northern Vance was defeated 70-37 at Person Saturday in the championship game of the Courier-Times Thanksgiving Classic.

The Vikings were within three points in a competitive and physical first half before the host Rockets exploded to outscore the Vikings 44-14 in the second half.

“We didn’t score,” Northern head coach Wilton Baskett said of his team, which has four returning players from last season. “We missed free throws. The moment was just too big for us.”

Person led 44-28 entering the final period.

Person’s Rashi Richmond ignited a rowdy Rockets’ home crowd with a left-handed throwdown in transition just before the buzzer sounded on the third quarter.

The slashing Rockets scored most of their points in the paint or at the foul line.

“We had to come out and try to put a little more pressure on the ball,” said Baskett. “We left some openings and they did a good job of finding the open man.”

Marquis Torain of Person was named Most Valuable Player of the two-day event after his 24-point outburst Saturday.

Tavin Moore led Northern Saturday with 12 points.

Northern’s boys knocked off Rockingham 87-50 on Friday led by 25 points from Moore and 11 from Kris Haywood.

A dozen Northern players scored in the win. 

The Vikings host crosstown rival Southern Vance on Wednesday before hosting Warren County on Friday.

Northern girls drop two

Northern's girls fell 83-33 to Rockingham County on day one before a 58-47 loss to Bartlett Yancey Saturday.

Ky-Nyiah Landrum led Northern Friday with eight points and Kenya Perry and Jacquilyn Miller each had seven.

The Vikings led late in the third quarter Saturday before Perry and Miller fouled out midway through the fourth.

Perry’s 12 points led the team, Landrum had 11 and Kayleigh Spencer finished with nine.

Northern hosts Southern Vance Wednesday at 6 p.m.