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Huntington North drops conference opener

LEAD: Senior forward Madalyn Robrock tallied a team-leading 16 points in Huntington North's 62–36 loss to Norwell on Friday night.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North girls basketball team fell 62–36 to Norwell in the Vikings’ Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) opener Friday night in North Arena. The defeat dropped Huntington North’s season record to 3–6, including an 0–1 NE8 record.

The Vikings got off to a slow start in the contest, quickly falling behind 16–6 after the first quarter of play.

While Huntington North had a better period offensively in the second quarter, the Knights did as well, as Norwell outscored the Vikings 14–11 in the frame to grab a 30–17 advantage heading into halftime.

Huntington North yet again upped their offense in the third quarter, but Norwell did as well, scoring 19 points to the Vikings’ 12 in the period to hold a 49–29 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Both teams’ offenses dipped in the final quarter, but the Knights again outscored Huntington North, this time 13–7, to ultimately grab the 62–36 victory, improving the Knights’ season record to a spotless 7–0 mark.

“Norwell is a very good team,” said head coach Heidi Lawson. “They shot the lights out tonight. It’s usually attacking everything. They did a nice job; they’re a good team. … I thought the effort was good. We have a couple players that are giving it all. I just need those four, five, six players that come off the bench that are willing to do that also and be prepared.”

Senior forward Madalyn Robrock paced the Vikings in the contest with 16 points.

Junior forward Meg McDonald finished second on the Vikings with 12 points. Sophomore guard Reece Colclesser, freshman forward Addy Wiley and senior guard Peyton Dorsett rounded out the scoring for Huntington North, tallying three, three and two points, respectively, against Norwell.

One of the biggest issues for the Vikings in the game was an inability to possess the ball, as the Vikings turned over the ball 27 times in the game.

“We just didn’t do a good job (handling the ball),” Lawson said. “They threw out the one-three-one and—we worked on it this week—we talked about looking at the gaps, being strong with the ball, going to meet the ball. We just kind of fell apart. It’s something that some of these kids haven’t experienced. … We’re going to learn from it. We’re going to move on and we’re going to keep plugging away.”

Norwell’s Kaylee Fuelling paced the Knight offense with 20 points, while Maiah Shelton sank 19 points in the victory for Norwell.

Huntington North will have a chance to get back in the win column on Dec. 4, traveling to battle Manchester. Opening tip-off for the contest is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Vikings’ next NE8 matchup will be on Dec. 7, with Huntington North facing off against New Haven on the road. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. A victory in the contest would even the Vikings’ NE8 record at 1–1.