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High school basketball: North Hall girls take down East Hall with dominant defensive effort in Lanierland first-round matchup

The North Hall girls basketball team held East Hall to less than 10 points in three of four quarters Friday afternoon at East Hall High School, as the Lady Trojans rode a dominant defensive effort to a 52-30 win over the Lady Vikings in their first-round Lanierland matchup. 

Lauren Swanson scored 11 to lead the way for North Hall offensively, though nearly every member of the team made some sort of contribution, as nine different players got on the score sheet for the Lady Trojans. Alexis Burce put in 8 points to pace East Hall.

The two teams played even basketball for much of the opening quarter, with a 7-0 Lady Trojans run through the middle of the period giving North Hall a narrow lead throughout. In the second frame, the Lady Trojans started to break the game open a bit more. 

Ansley Smallwood put in a quick 5 points — including a 3-pointer about a minute into the quarter — as North Hall rattled off a 10-2 run that quickly turned a small advantage into a massive one. East Hall's Audrey Griffin put in a layup right at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 10 right before halftime, but it was already too little too late.

The Lady Trojans did not slow down coming into the third quarter, scoring 19 points to turn a 10-point lead to nearly 20 going into the final frame. Despite the huge advantage, North Hall did not let up on the defensive end, preventing the Lady Vikings from making a single shot from the field over the final eight minutes and running away with the win. 

Up next, North Hall will take on Cherokee Bluff tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. at Johnson High School.

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