NORTHVILLE - After a pair of solid efforts that came up short, the Northville girls basketball team put it all together to notch its first win of the season.
Led by Lyndsey Wadsworth's double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, the Lady Falcons defeated Sharon Springs 42-27 in a non-league game Monday night at Northville High School.
"Both games [Canajoharie and Saratoga Catholic] were competitive but this game got this young team off the snide," Northville coach Dave Bush said. "Mary Ryan and Lyndsey Wadsworth are our leaders but we have a lot of young girls out there."
Northville’s Charlotte Kalkbrenner (30) drives to the hoop, while under pressure from Sharon Springs’ Allison Cross (11) during non-league action Monday night at Northville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Lady Falcons (0-2 WAC North, 1-2 overall) active zone defense bothered the Sharon Springs ball handlers in the opening period. Northville's defense forced seven Spartan turnovers that the Lady Falcons converted into points. Wadsworth connected for five first-quarter points and Meghan Laport added four more to build a 15-6 first-quarter lead.
Sharon Springs' points came from behind the 3-point with Rachel Handy putting the Spartans' first points on the board with 1:52 left in the opening period.
Kara VanArsdal hit the other 3-pointer in the final minute.
"We kind of switched between the 1-3-1 and 2-3 zone because they have a couple of good shooters," Bush said. "We got a hand in their face but they knocked a couple down in the beginning, but we got to them and they didn't get any more good shots off, and that helped us to get our transition going."
The Northville defense continued to keep the Spartans out of sync in the second quarter and Wadsworth poured in five more points to help Northville carry a 24-13 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Lady Falcons continued to keep the Sharon Springs shooters on the perimeter, which left the inside open for Ryan and Wadsworth to clear the boards and feed their teammates in transition for lay ups.
Morgan Wilson led the Lady Falcons with six points in the quarter, while Charlotte Kalkbrenner added four more to give Northville a 36-18 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Sharon Springs won the final quarter with Hallie Trigg taking command under the boards and scoring six points on put backs.
"Mary and Lyndsey did a great job getting the rebounds and when they did we were out and running," Bush said. "It was great team rebounding tonight and a good confidence builder going forward."
For the game, Northville out rebounded Sharon Springs 36-25 with 11 of the Spartans rebounds coming in the fourth quarter.
Ryan added four points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Falcons, while Wilson had five rebounds and eight points and Kalkbrenner contributed eight points and four boards.
Handy led Sharon Springs with 12 points, all coming from behind the 3-point arc, while Trigg finished with eight points and nine rebounds. VanArsdal and Allison Cross rounded out the Spartans' scoring with five and two points respectively.
Northville will return to Western Athletic Conference North division play when it hosts Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville tonight.
"Everybody played well tonight," Bush said. "Our guards really played well and hopefully we can continue to go forward against Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville [tonight]."
Northville 42, Sharon Springs 27
Sharon Springs6 7 5 9 - 27
Northville15 9 12 6 - 42
Handy 4-0-12, VanArsdal 2-0-5, Trigg 4-0-8, Cross 1-0-2. Totals: 11-0-27.
Nellis 2-0-4, Laport 2-0-4, Ryan 2-0-4, Wadsworth 6-0-14, Kalkbrenner 4-0-8, Wilson 4-0-8. Totals: 20-0-42.
3-point goals: Sharon Springs 5 (Handy 4, VanArsdal); Northville 2 (Wadsworth 2).