NTL GIRLS' BASKETBALL: KINGSLEY LEADS TROY PAST ATHENS FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN
(2022-01-13)Northern Tier Sports Report
TROY — Troy girls’ basketball kept rolling on Thursday, claiming their seventh win in a row, and their biggest yet of the streak, as they defeated Athens 35-28 during NTL Division-I girls’ basketball action.
They were down 12-5 to start the first quarter, but went on to out score the Wildcats 30-16 the rest of the way.
“It was a tough game, but we stuck with them, and did what we had to do,” said Troy’s Rachel Kingsley, who had a double-double with a game high 16 points to go with 13 boards. “We knew it was going to be a challenge, but we knew we could do it if we worked hard enough. We just played together as a team, and kept up our intensity the whole game.”
Being able to beat one of the top programs in the league was an outcome they’d been working towards.
“We have been working and practicing really hard to beat some of these tougher NTL teams, and tonight we were able to show what we can do as a team,” Troy’s Sydney Taylor, who had six points and four boards in the game. “It was a team effort to beat them tonight, and we want to continue to play hard with intensity to keep winning.”
Freshmen Kailyn Sterling and Alyssa Parks had five points a piece for the Trojans, as Katie Lackey added three points.
Caydence Macik led Athens with 14 points, as just three Wildcats scored.
In the opening quarter, though, Macik was tough to stop, as the senior had seven points to put the Wildcats up by seven after the first horn.
Troy turned up the defense in the second quarter, though, holding Athens to just five points, as they went off for 15 themselves, behind six from Kingsley, and four from Taylor, to take a 20-17 halftime lead.
The Wildcats would tie things up during the third quarter, though, out scoring Troy 9-6, as Addy Wheeler netted five points.
In the fourth, though, it was all Troy, as they held Athens without a field goal, to out score them 9-2. Kingsley led the Trojans with eight points, and four rebounds in the frame to pull out the win.
The victory keeps Troy undefeated in the league as they host Towanda, the defending NTL Division-I champions, next Tuesday.
PHOTO CAPTION: Troy’s Rachel Kingsley looks to score against Athens…PHOTOS BY JOE CARREON
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