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Local Roundup: Andersen scores 23 as NPA boys basketball beats North Pointe 66-47
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Local Roundup: Andersen scores 23 as NPA boys basketball beats North Pointe 66-47

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North Pointe hung around a bit longer than Northland Prep probably wanted on Tuesday at Northland Prep Academy.

The Spartans boys basketball team pulled away near the end of the second quarter and into the third to take a 66-47 win over the Falcons.

Hayden Andersen scored 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and a 3-of-7 night from behind the 3-point arc -- all three treys coming in the second half -- to pace the offense in the win.

Northland Prep, which entered the day ranked No. 26 in the 2A Conference power rankings, got back to .500, moving to 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the Central Region standings. The Falcons, who entered near the bottom of the 2A at No. 46, saw their record fall to 1-11 and 0-6 in the Central Region.

The Spartans went on a 20-3 run that started after Andersen hit a layup on the baseline and completed the three-point play at the foul line to put the Spartans up 25-20 at the 1:48 mark of the second quarter. The Spartans kept the run rolling into the third quarter, expanding their lead to 43-23 by the 4:16 mark of the third. 

The Spartans turned the ball over 17 times in the loss, but head coach TJ Harris noted that once the team started to control possession, the game started to come more easily to his players.

"It was about taking care of the ball," Harris said. "We had 13 turnovers in the first half, four in the second half. Once you start to take care of the ball, you get more opportunities to do things on offense. You see them get less opportunities and you see the score change in your direction." 

Once the 20-point lead was built, the Spartans essentially coasted.

Northland Prep led by as much as 29 -- when the Spartans took a 60-31 advantage following a fast-break layup by Nathaniel Sullivan. The Spartans brought in many of their reserves following an Andersen trey off an offensive rebound put the Spartans up 63-42 with 3:51 left in the game.

The Spartans host the 1A Basis Yeti (6-5, 4-4 Central Region) on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Spartans had needed overtime to beat the Yeti in the teams' first meeting of the year, as they escaped with a 61-60 win at Basis.

BEARS 45, PANTHERS 44

Coconino's undefeated run in the Grand Canyon Region came to a halt Tuesday night on the road.

The 4A Panthers fell to the Bears in Prescott Valley, and dropped to 6-1 in the region and 7-4 overall on the season -- all four losses coming by single digits.

Preston Olney was held to 12 points and hit just one shot inside the perimeter. Jacob Begay scored 10 and Avram Tijerin added nine points for Coconino, which came into the night ranked No. 11 in the 4A power rankings.

The Panthers will try and bounce back when they host Lee Williams (7-4, 5-2 Grand Canyon) on Friday at 7 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

EAGLES 67, VOLUNTEERS 47

Freshman Miyah Verse scored a game-high 24 points, senior Emma Doskicz added 10 and sixth-ranked 4A Flagstaff cruised to a home victory over No. 31 Lee Williams on Tuesday, increasing its win streak to four with the regular-season sweep of the Grand Canyon Region opponent.

Gracelyn Nez added six points for the Eagles, who scored 24 points in the third quarter to guide the Eagles to a commanding 60-35 lead heading into the final eight minutes. Doskicz, Nez and Oniyah Shirley all connected on a 3 in the third quarter.

Melinda Calnimptewa finished with seven points for the Eagles, who closed out a two-game homestand with the win.

Flagstaff (9-3, 7-0 Grand Canyon) is scheduled to take on 4A Thunderbird, ranked No. 12 as of press time, in the Valley for a game today. 

PANTHERS 45, BEARS 37

Coconino didn't quite have the bounce-back game it wanted after getting routed by crosstown rival Flagstaff a few days ago, but a win's a win.

The Panthers, who came in ranked No. 14 in the 4A, held the No. 25 Bears to one point in the second quarter en route to a road win.

Wynter Huskie had a solid all-around game with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and eight steals, while Kianna Manuelito scored 11 and hauled in four rebounds to help pace the way for the Panthers.

Coconino (9-3, 6-1 Grand Canyon) hosts Lee Williams (5-7, 2-5 Grand Canyon) Friday at 5:30 p.m.

SPARTANS 50, FALCONS 14

Northland Prep snapped a two-game losing skid in a big way.

The 2A Spartans beat the North Pointe Falcons for their largest margin of victory of the year. Ana Nicol scored 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting and Lakin Stapley scored nine for the Spartans.

Northland Prep (3-8, 3-4 Central) will travel to Glendale Prep (7-3, 3-3 Central) on Saturday.

The Sun Sports Staff contributed to this roundup.

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