North Summit boys’ basketball falls to Northridge
In order to avoid having no games between Dec. 19 and Jan. 7, the 2A North Summit High School boys’ basketball team decided to schedule 5A Northridge’s JV squad for a game on Monday night in Coalville.
The game, which counted on North Summit’s record but not on Northridge’s, started out slowly as both teams worked to shake off the holiday rust.
Eventually, though, Northridge’s offense found its rhythm while the Braves struggled to gain any offensive momentum all night. By the time the final buzzer sounded, the score was Northridge 68, North Summit 44.
North Summit Coach Marques Johnson said the Braves weren’t mentally or physically prepared for Monday’s game.
"Obviously, we weren’t ready to go and it showed," he said. "Though they’re JV, they’re 5A, so they’ve still got athletes. They had shooters."
Despite the big loss, Johnson said the game should help the Braves as they await their next home game on Jan. 7 against 3A Grantsville.
"That was what we were hoping for — to get our first home game and play in that long Christmas break to keep us game ready," he said. "That just didn’t work out tonight. Sometimes you learn more from losses than easy wins. There’s a lot to learn from tonight."
Braden Richins led the way for North Summit on offense, scoring 14 points. Calvin Hunsaker added 11 points and Mason Richins had 10. Daniel Stephens chipped in with four points, Braxten Northrup and Jayce Richins each had two and Curtis Calderwood scored one.
Though there were some good moments for the Braves, Johnson said Northridge outworked his squad.
"I know we’ve had five days off for the Christmas break, but our conditioning was a big factor," he said. "[Northridge] was in a lot better shape than we were."
But, Johnson added, it was nice to see the Braves continue to compete no matter the score.
"We didn’t give up," he said. "When you’re down 20-plus points, it’s easy to really go negative. This is a great group of kids and they stayed positive. We realize it’s just one game and we’ll have better days out there."
Moving forward, the Braves play two 3A schools and then start region play against one of the toughest schools in 2A — Summit Academy. Johnson said he hopes his team works hard over the next week to get ready to compete with the tough opponents.
"We’ve just got to play hard and play with confidence," he said. "We’ll have better nights."
North Summit (6-5 overall) hosts Grantsville on Thursday, Jan. 7. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Coalville.
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