Mitchell Wright

Northpoint Christian forward Mitchell Wright works hard underneath the basket for two of his 11 points scored in Thursday’s victory over Freedom Prep. The Trojans evened their boys’ record at 1-1 with a 76-38 victory over the Memphis charter school.

Northpoint Christian School welcomed the start of its home boys and girls basketball seasons with a pair of easy victories on Manley Court Thursday night. 

Freedom Prep, a charter school based in Memphis, was the opposition and had no answers for the Trojans and Lady Trojans. The boys raced by the visiting War Eagles 78-36 and the girls claimed an easy 73-15 victory.

The victory in the boys’ game evened the Trojans’ record for the year to 1-1, while the girls have now won two straight contests.

Northpoint had a 50-21 lead at halftime against Freedom Prep and finished the night with four players scoring in double figures among 11 players who put points on the scoreboard. The quartet was led by Jordan Flowers’ 16 points. Mitchell Wright and Chase McGee each scored 11 and Carlton Brown added 10 points.

“We changed multiple looks and we handled the system well,” said head coach/athletic director Barry Gray. “We’re still learning the system and different parts that we can and cannot do. Once we learn each others’ strengths and we stay inside our strengths, we’ll be fine.”

In the Lady Trojans’ victory, Amara McKay’s 12 points led 13 Northpoint players in the scoring column. Haleigh Roberts added 10 points more. The Lady Trojans had a 47-6 advantage over the winless War Eagles at intermission.

Since the game quickly became one-sided, Gray, who for the second year is coaching both boys’ and girls’ programs, liked being able to give his younger players some extra time on the floor.

“I was excited that a lot of our younger ninth-graders and 10th-graders got a lot of playing time,” Gray said. “They learned to share the ball and stay inside the system while they’re playing fast. We also got to see their potential long-term. I think the potential in our young folks is really high.”

Both Northpoint teams are in action Monday at Bayou Academy.

Elsewhere in boys’ basketball Thursday, Calvin Temple’s 24 points led four Center Hill players in double figures to a 96-63 win over Horn Lake. The Eagles countered with 15 points from Kareem Thompson.

Lake Cormorant held off county rival DeSoto Central 62-59 behind 15 points from Donovan Sanders. Lewisburg needed overtime but defeated Water Valley 74-67 and Magnolia Heights held off Marshall Academy 51-50.

In girls action Thursday, it was Horn Lake over Center Hill 62-28, DeSoto Central bounced Lake Cormorant 57-37, it was Water Valley over Lewisburg 39-20 and Marshall Academy handled Magnolia Heights 38-31.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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