2017-03-09 / Sports

Wildcats bust out the brooms, eliminate Comets in semifinals


NORTHPORT GUARD Sarah Reynolds (14) looks for an opening in the Leland defense during last Wednesday’s district semifinal matchup in Northport. 
Photo: Dan Duffiney NORTHPORT GUARD Sarah Reynolds (14) looks for an opening in the Leland defense during last Wednesday’s district semifinal matchup in Northport. Photo: Dan Duffiney The Northport girls came into the 2016-17 campaign with four goals: finish with a winning record, win the Cherryland Conference title, win the district title — and beat Leland.

Sarah Reynolds and the Lady Wildcats only met three of their four goals, although they met the final goal on three different occasions.

Reynolds poured in a game-high 14 points last Wednesday as the Lady Wildcats completed a rare 3-0 season sweep of Leland in the district semifi- nals in Northport, 33-22.

“I thought that we executed our defensive gameplan very well, but as has been the case most of the year, we struggled to finish offensively,” Leland coach Ryan Knudsen said. “I was very proud though of our effort all year, especially with our kids being asked in many cases to play different positions or roles, but they kept their heads up and we were able to really grow a lot during the course of the season.”

The Lady Comets (5-16) kept the score close early, closing out the first quarter in a 6-6 tie. Northport took a 17-12 lead into halftime, however, a lead they would not relinquish.

Margie Stowe led Leland with 12 points. Kira Metcalf, a senior, added eight points and 15 rebounds.

Knudsen lauded his seniors for their leadership in an up-and-down season.

“Our sophomores this year were able to get a lot of good varsity experience, which will only help our program in the future,” Knudsen said. “However, we are going to really miss all of our seniors next year as they did an outstanding job of leading our team and program over the last four years. They will be very difficult to replace.”

Mollie Grishaw, who averaged 6.9 points as a sophomore, will be the team’s top returning scorer next year.

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