Northpoint Christian’s basketball teams traveled into Memphis Thursday night and swept a doubleheader, as the Trojans and Lady Trojans defeated the host Vikings and Lady Vikings.
The boys took home a 46-27 victory after the girls claimed a 58-37 conquest on the Hillcrest hardwood.
The boys’ victory improved their record to 15-3 entering a Tuesday game at Hernando. The Trojans took a 26-18 lead at halftime turned it into a 46-28 advantage after three quarters.
“We went to a 1-3-1 zone defense in the second half, said coach Barry Gray. “They missed some shots and we took the lane away.”
Jorden Flowers led Northpoint with 18 points, 12 of those coming in the first half. C.J. Norfleet added 12 more, all coming in the second half.
The pair has continued to lead the Trojans’ offense this season after having to sit out a year due to transferring in from another school.
“They’re seniors and they sat out a year waiting for this year,” Gray said. “They’ve been waiting for this time.”
The Northpoint girls held a 24-17 lead at halftime against the Lady Vikings but scored 22 points in the third quarter to break open the contest.
Lindley Gaines led the Lady Trojans, now 16-4 on the season ahead of their Tuesday encounter with the Lady Tigers at Hernando. Gaines scored 18 points in a game Gray felt was one of her best of the season.
"For Lindley (Gaines), I thought it was her best total game of the year,” Gray said.
Amara McKay added 14 points for Northpoint, all scored in the second half.
"Second half, Amara (McKay) played super, she was awesome in the second half,” Gray said.
Elsewhere in Thursday boys basketball, Olive Branch defeated Lake Cormorant 78-54 in a 5A district game, despite 23 points from the Gators’ Keithean Brooks, and Water Valley claimed a 62-53 overtime non-district win over Lewisburg.
Girls’ action Thursday had Olive Branch beat Lake Cormorant 73-14 and Water Valley over Lewisburg 41-31.
Friday night, Center Hill posted a 117-45 victory over Lewisburg in a 5A district game behind 30 points from Calvin Temple and 21 from Ken Lewis, as the Mustangs improved to 20-1 for the year.
Horn Lake defeated DeSoto Central 73-54 and it was Southaven over Hernando 68-49 in 6A district play.
Magnolia Heights took a 76-57 win against Bayou Academy.
Girls scores from Friday had Hernando over Southaven 57-53 and Horn Lake beat DeSoto Central 77-45 in 6A district action, Center Hill over Lewisburg 60-32 in 5A district play, and in a MAIS game, it was Bayou Academy over Magnolia Heights 62-55.
SOCCER KICKS: Friday boys' soccer scores had Center Hill claim a district championship for a third straight year with a 3-1 win against Olive Branch. Ivan Gonzalez scored all three goals for the 13-1-1 Mustangs.
Lewisburg defeated Lake Cormorant 4-0 in another 5A district game and in a non-district contest, Hernando and New Albany played to a 0-0 tie.
Friday in girls’ soccer, Lewisburg scored eight goals in the first half on their way to a 10-0 blanking of Lake Cormorant. Caroline Newsom and Brenna Becker each had three-goal hat tricks for the now undefeated district champions.
Mallory Gaines scored two goals for the now 8-7 Center Hill Lady Mustangs in their 4-0 district win over Olive Branch and in non-district action, it was Hernando over New Albany 3-0.
HUSTLE FALL IN RIO: Tarik Phillip’s team-high 28 points were not enough for the Memphis Hustle in a 129-121 NBA G League contest Friday night at Rio Grande Valley, the first of a four-game road trip for the 16-11 Hustle.
Gary Payton scored a season-high 31 points as the Vipers improved to 17-10 for the year.
Rio Grande Valley led 72-61 at halftime after holding only a 35-32 lead after one quarter.
Phillip got helped from Tyler Harvey, who finished with 22 points and Doral Moore with 14.
The road swing heads east now for the Hustle, who play the Blue Coats in Delaware on Wednesday night.
SPORTS ETC.: Among the 800 male and female high school basketball players selected for consideration to the McDonald’s All-American Games are two DeSoto County rivals from Olive Branch.
D.J. Jeffries of Olive Branch and Center Hill’s Calvin Temple were announced as two of five boys’ basketball players from Mississippi that are being considered. The final selection of the players to take part in the game will come next Thursday, Jan. 24.
This year’s game will be held on March 27 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Ga. and will be aired on ESPN2.
JOHNSON TO LEAD REDBIRDS: Memphis native and former St. Louis Cardinals minor league outfielder Ben Johnson will manage the Memphis Redbirds during the 2019 season, the Cardinals announced Friday.
Johnson becomes the eighth manager in Redbirds history and replaces Stubby Clapp, who was promoted to the Cardinals staff as first base coach after leading the Redbirds to back-to-back Pacific Coast League championships in 2017 and 2018.
Johnson returns to The Bluff City after spending the 2018 season as a coach for the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
REDBIRDS TO HOST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The Memphis Redbirds, which hosted the 2016 Triple-A National Championship Game, have been selected to host this year’s National Championship Game at AutoZone Park on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
It will pit the winner of the Pacific Coast League against the winner of the International League in a one-game, winner-take-all showdown for Triple-A supremacy.
Memphis is the first city to repeat having the final game in their city, The Redbirds are the defending Triple-A National Champions.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.