Wednesday, May 22, 2013
McIntosh’s exciting season rolls on
By Jimmie Haywood
Joey Bolen helped lead the Chiefs to victory over Northgate. Both McIntosh basketball teams are ranked in the top ten in AAAA
The McIntosh girls basketball team bounced back in a big way Tuesday night.
The Lady Chiefs responded from a loss to a Huntsville, Alabama school at Girls Night Out with a dismantling of region foe Northgate by a final score of 46-17.
Gabby Seiler was a big part of what McIntosh executed during the game as she finished with a game-high 26 points which included a whopping eight three pointers.
The lopsided win improved McIntosh's record to 17-2 overall and 10-1 in region 4B-AAAAA, its sole loss coming against Forest park in the fourth game of the season.
McIntosh started the game relatively slow as the region's highest scoring team, averaging 53 points per game, only managed to take a slim 7-4 lead into the second quarter.
In the second quarter however, the Lady Chiefs got the wake up call, specifically Seiler who scored 18 points in the period.
McIntosh's defense was also a key factor in the win as they stifled the Northgate offense, allowing the Chiefs to go on a 27-9 run in the final 6:42 of the quarter to take a 36-11 lead into halftime.
Luckily for Northgate, Seiler’s hot touch cooled in the second half but unfortunately the damage was already done as the Chiefs defense was assertive enough to only allow Northgate to score one basket in each of the final two quarters.
McIntosh will look to add another win to its record when it travels to East Coweta today.
The McIntosh boys basketball team also added another win after defeating Northgate 61-45.
Freshman sensation Jordan Lyons led the way for the Chiefs with a game-high 21 points that included an 11 point outburst in the first quarter to help his team jump out to an early 21-8 lead.
Lyons hit three of his four threes in the first quarter including a bomb from well beyond NBA range that sucked the life out of Northgate's home crowd.
Northgate managed to mount a short rally in the second quarter behind eight points from Wendall Watson that helped cut the Vikings deficit to 33-22 at halftime.
In the second half, the Chiefs’ Joey Bolen caught the hot hand as he scored eight of his 11 points, aided by a relentless Chief defense anchored by Will Washington who finished with a game-high six steals to go with his 12 points.
Watson and Luke Motzol each scored 11 points for Northgate in the loss.
The Chiefs will try to make it 10 wins a row when they play East Coweta on Saturday.
So far, this has been a tremendous season for the McIntosh basketball program. According to the AJC, the Lady Chiefs are the number four ranked team in AAAAA while the boys are number eight.
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