The Northview Lady Titans (15-5, 10-1 Region 7AAAAAA) defeated the Centennial Lady Knights (9-9, 6-4 Region 7AAAAAA) by a score of 49-36 on Friday night. The Lady Titans controlled the game from start to finish, jumping to an early lead in the first quarter, and controlling the game throughout. Centennial tried multiple times to go on a run in both halves, but the Titans responded each time with a bucket. The Titans were once again led by the tandem of junior power forward Ashlee Austin and sophomore point guard Asjah Innis. Junior power forward Maya Richards controlled the boards the entire night as well.
“We grew as a team in this game, overcoming the turmoil we have experienced, and putting together a complete game performance,” Austin said.
The Titans fought off runs in the first and second half of the game. The Knights cut the lead to single digits in the first half before the Titans extended it back to double digits before halftime. The Knights also made a run in the third quarter before the Titans extended the lead to as many as 20 points. The Titans showed strength and durability that has previously been exposed in games.
“I’m happy about the win, but we can’t relax and bask in it. We have four games next week and need to get focused or we could drop one,” senior Megan Cistulli said.
As stated by Cistulli, the Lady Titans have four games next week. They begin with a non-conference matchup against the Lambert Longhorns, followed by a home region matchup with Cambridge, and ending with two away games against Chattahoochee and North Atlanta. It is crucial that the Titans finish 3-0 in the region this coming week.
“We played really well defensively most of the game, but they did shoot a lot of free throws. I think we are playing much better right now, but we have to shoot the ball better. It’s that simple,” Head Coach Chris Yarbrough said.
The region standings now label the Titans as first in the region with a 10-1 record. Shortly after is the Alpharetta Raiders with a record of 10-2. The Raiders hold the tiebreaker between the two teams as of right now, and the Titans are looking for revenge in two weeks as they host the Raiders. Three teams cluster in the third, fourth and fifth spots in the standings. Johns Creek, Pope, and Centennial are all fighting for that third spot. Cambridge follows with a record of 4-6. North Atlanta and Dunwoody, being 2-8 and 3-7, respectively, in the region, are neck and neck in the standings. Chattahoochee comes in at 9th with an 0-10 record in the region.
There are not too many weeks left in the regular season, and the Titans need to make the most of them to try and secure the region title and become the best team they can be.