An early lead propelled the Northridge High School boys basketball team to a 44-30 victory over Brookwood in a Class 6A, Area 7 contest on Friday night.

The Jaguars held the Panthers scoreless until the final few seconds of the first quarter to take a 16-1 lead. They had a 28-13 halftime advantage.

“For us (the early lead) was huge,” Northridge coach Bob Brantley said. “We are starting a freshman and three sophomore and every night is a learning experience for us. We are taking baby steps and we’ve got some big games ahead of us.”

Brookwood managed to chip away at the deficit in the second half, coming within seven points, 34-27, with 2:25 remaining, but Northridge held on for the victory.

“We dug ourselves a big hole in the first half, and we’re not built to come back from that,” Brookwood coach Thad Fitzpatrick said. “We fought back in the second half and did a good job of that, but we just can't have critical mistakes when the game is on the line.”

Sedrick Pettway led the Jaguars with 12 points and A.J. Hall had 10 points.

For the Panthers, John Martin Wagner finished with 16 points.

Northridge travels to Paul W. Bryant on Tuesday and Brookwood hosts Hillcrest.

 

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