Tight game slips away from HNHS girls late in loss

A tight game slipped away from the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team in the fourth quarter, resulting in a 56-43 loss to host Bellmont on Friday, Jan. 19.

After playing to an 11-11 tie in the first quarter, the Lady Vikings fell behind by three at halftime, 19-16. Coach Heidi Lawson’s crew matched the Squaws’ offensive production in the third to keep the deficit at three, 36-33, but got outscored by 10 in the final frame to dash any thoughts of a late comeback.

Huntington North, 11-8, 4-2 in the Northeast 8 Conference, was paced by senior Rileigh Johnson, who scored 11 points. Junior Maddy Robrock tossed in nine points while senior Larissa Johnson chipped in eight points. Senior Hollyn Anderson helped facilitate the visitors’ offense with three assists and also disrupted the hosts’ offense with three steals.

Bellmont, 17-4, 5-1 in conference, got 23 points from Grace Hunter and 13 from Megan Busick.

The Lady Vikings also lost the junior varsity contest, 31-29.

Sophomore Meg McDonald and freshman Katelynn Arnold tallied 11 and eight points, respectively, for Huntington North, 12-7, 5-1 in NE8 play.