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Early deficit more than Northwest High School Vikings can overcome in 86-62 loss to LaVergne Wolverines


Northwest High School VikingsClarksville, TN – Northwest High School’s boys basketball team fell behind 7-0 after the first two minutes of play, November 22nd at Willard Ross Memorial Gymnasium, to the LaVergne High School Wolverines and never recovered in a 86-62 loss.

LaVergne (3-0), one of the favorites to win District 7-AAA, exploded out of the gate right away getting a game-opening layup from Charles Sutton just seven seconds into the game.

Northwest Vikings falls to Lavergne 86-62. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

Northwest Vikings falls to Lavergne 86-62. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

Northwest (1-4) on the other hand struggled with turnovers and missed shots in the game’s opening minutes, with the Wolverines adding a free throw and back-to-back buckets from J.J. Horner to build that 7-0 lead before the Vikings JaRyan Young knocked down a jumper for Northwest at the 5:46 mark of the opening quarter.

But there was no turning back the Wolverines on this night, as they ran off 13 of the next 15 points – including seven straight by Marquis Johns – to build a 20-4 lead with 1:20 left in the quarter.

Johns would lead all scorers with 21 points.

The Vikings would get four straight points form Tramon Moore to cut the margin back to 12 points, 20-8, but a final free throw in the final 10 seconds to give LaVergne a 21-8 advantage after the first eight minutes of play.

Moore led Northwest in scoring with 20 points.

Things didn’t get much better early on in the second quarter for the Vikings, as the Wolverines opened up the period with a 12-3 run to build its biggest lead of the night at 22 points, 33-11, with 3:38 left before intermission.

Northwest would finally get it footing over the final 3:21 of the first half, outscoring LaVergne 12-8 – including seven of those points coming from Ramont Lewis – to go into halftime down 41-23.

That little scoring spurt to end the first half carried over into the third quarter for Northwest, as they came out of the locker room on fire, outscoring the Wolverines 15-6 – including eight straight at one point – to cut the deficit down to nine, 47-38, with 4:16 left in the quarter.

But that would be as close as the Vikings would get the rest of the way, with LaVergne closing out the third quarter by outscoring Northwest 14-6 to head into the final eight minutes of play up 17 points, 61-44.

Northwest wouldn’t get any closer than 14 points in the fourth quarter, with LaVergne leading by as many as 25 points in the period before settling for the 86-62 final.

Box Score

LaVergne 86, Northwest 62

1 2 3 4 Final
LaVergne Wolverines 21 20 20 25 86
Northwest Vikings 8 15 21 18 62



Marquis Johns 21, Dolorean Sparks 5, Jake Hammon 8, J.J. Horner 6, Charles Sutton 13, Isaiah Reese 14, Maleik Grey 1, Zadarius Kinnon 5, Javale Gilispie 4, Quinton Armstrong 7, Gulucey Bunyi 2. Team totals 34 14-23 86.


Tramon Moore 20, JaRyan Young 9, Elijah McCoin 14, Tremon Morris 3, Fred Hill 2, Ramont Lewis 9, Dezman Stacker 5. Team totals 21 14-23 62.

3-point field goals: LaVergne 4 (Johns 1, Hammon 2, Sutton 1), Northwest 6 (Moore 2, McCoin 2, Morris 1, Lewis 1).
Records: LaVergne 3-0, Northwest 1-4.

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