Northside’s Varsity Women’s Basketball Team Destroys Collins Academy
by S. Aleksander Black
The varsity girls basketball team of Northside College Prep went up against Collins Academy on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in a game that concluded with another win for the Mustangs.
The home game began by prepping the NCP gymnasium at 5:12. Then, the two teams did drills and stretches to prepare for the upcoming match. Ten minutes later, the game began.
A minute in, Alina Yamin, Adv. 902, scored the first basket of the match on a fast break. This was soon followed up with a basket by experienced team member Carleen Jones, Adv. 807. After a little more back-and-forth, the Collins Academy team began to strike back. They managed to score points from free-throws, but Northside quickly got those points right back.
After Yamin put in two more free-throws, the match looked fairly close 20 minutes into the game, as Northside had a 12-9 lead. Yamin quickly widened the gap by hitting a three that evoked wild cheers from the crowd. Yamin soon hit another three, giving the Mustangs an 18-11 lead. The ecstasy was short lived, though, as Collins hit two more free throws before the end of the first quarter.
Right after a three-minute break, Yamin made another shot after an intense struggle for control of the ball between the two teams. After Northside scored one more basket and the Collins team hit two more three-pointers, both teams were neck-and-neck seven minutes into the second quarter, with Northside leading 22-21. The Collins team tried to push hard, but were quickly shut down by Northside’s defense and trampled when the Mustangs scored three more baskets and a free throw, making the score to 27-21 a mere four minutes after Collins almost tasted the lead. Yamin made another three after several speedy passes from her teammates. With only 25 seconds remaining on the clock, Yamin scored on another fast break, which was followed by successful free throws from Madeleine Shoeff, Adv. 908. The second quarter ended with the Mustangs owning a 34-24 lead.
The halftime break lasted ten minutes, and the audience was graced with a performance by Northside’s poms team, who did a routine before clearing the court for the two competitors to get some shots up.
Yamin immediately hit a three as soon as the third quarter started. This was bolstered by another successful basket from Shoeff. The Collins team received two free throws, but they had no luck with either shot. Another opening created by the Mustang defense allowed Jones to make a lofty three-pointer from the top of the key. The excitement was already high, but nobody expected to see what happened next. A fast break layup by Yamin led to a barrage of Northside baskets, which soon pushed their lead to 46-24. The Mustangs scored four more points after Nicole Heflin, Adv. 804, hit Yamin for two more baskets. At the end of the third quarter, the Collins team took the time to regroup and comfort an injured player.
The fourth quarter began at 6:26 PM, and with Yamin on the bench, the Collins team showed that they were not completely out of the fight by starting the quarter with two baskets. However, Jones shut the run down by quickly scoring five points of her own. The game wrapped up at 6:41 with a 57-36 win for the Mustangs.
Northside and Collins were definitely both playing very strongly in the first two quarters. However, Northside’s offensive star duo of Yamin and Jones proved much too strong for Collins to handle. Yamin was easily the star of the match, but the win was still a team effort. This game proved that the Northside varsity women’s basketball team is a foe to be reckoned with.