The Northport High girl’s basketball team experienced a rough week in a season that was expected to have its share of up and down moments.
The Mustangs opened their week with a 56-24 loss to Inchelium before traveling to the Wellpinit Christmas Tournament and losing to host Wellpinit on Friday, 67-1. On Saturday, NHS lost a rematch with Inchelium, 83-20.
NHS head coach Erik Stark says that Northport is working hard and despite the lopsided losses, the girls are not giving up on the young season.
“Their attitude is great,” Stark said. “The kids haven’t quit or gotten frustrated. They are progressing.
“I was really pleased this week with some of my forwards…they are becoming more aggressive on offense and defense.”
The base of knowledge continues to grow for the inexperienced squad as well.
“On defense, we’re making more plays and on offense, with the exception of Friday, we’re starting to run and execute our plays better,” Stark pointed out.
While Kathy Higgins was expected to shoulder a majority of the Northport offense, the plan was for other players to develop. One of those players has been Margarita Weiner.
“She played as an eighth- grader last year and has really stepped up,” Stark said. “She’s really become aggressive and is learning about what it takes.”
Back on Dec. 17, the Mustangs hosted the Inchelium Hornets and played a competitive first half before Inchelium pulled away for a 56-32 victory.
Olivia Williams scored 24 points to lead all scorers, while Allianna Hackenberg led the Mustangs with nine points.
On Friday and Saturday, Northport traveled to the Wellpinit Christmas Tournament. The Mustangs’ first game was against host Wellpinit and it didn’t go well.
Jada Colvin had a double-double for Wellpinit with 11 points and 10 assists.
Northport’s second game was against familiar foe Inchelium. The result was the same as earlier in the week. This time Northport fell 83-20.
While the Mustangs didn’t threaten the Hornets, Northport did shoot over 50 percent from the free-throw line for the first time this season. According to Stark, the Mustangs may have won three games already this season if they could have hit over 50 percent of their free-throws.
The Mustangs are now off for Christmas break and will not play again until Jan. 3 when they travel to Cusick. The girl’s game tips off at 5:45 p.m.