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Derby girls came out shooting in win over Northwest

Published Jan. 2 at 8:17 p.m. | Last updated Jan. 2 at 8:19 p.m.

Not even 40 seconds had passed when Derby’s first shot on Thursday at Koch Arena was a three-pointer by Madi Greenwood from the left wing.

It served as a spark to a stellar shooting start by Derby, which made 5 of 6 threes in the first quarter en route to a 54-42 win over Northwest. The win ended Derby’s three-game losing streak.

“I think us hitting all those threes is the reason we won the game in the end,” said Greenwood, who hit 4 of 4 threes in the first half and finished with 13 points. “It got us going. We were pumped. We knew we could hit the shots.”

Northwest knew Derby had strong shooters, but the Grizzlies allowed Derby good looks at the basket.

Haley Mills hit 2 of 3 threes in the first quarter and finished with nine points, all on threes. Kenzie Young also hit a three in the first period.

“I thought we’d do a better job getting out on them,” said Northwest coach Jim Mernagh, whose team is 3-2. “We weren’t ready in the beginning. They’re a pretty good team. They executed, and we didn’t guard them.

“Give them credit. They shot the heck out of it, and we didn’t respond too well.”

Derby had a 10-point lead with 2:10 to go in the first period and built it to 12 when Greenwood hit a three wtih 54 seconds to go in the half for the 36-24 lead.

Derby was 7 of 11 from three in the first half.

“I think we were completely on today,” Greenwood said. “We had a great week of practice before this. We don’t usually shoot this good.”

Northwest got within 47-39 with 3:32 to go, but Derby made 7 of 8 free throws over the final 2:54.

Grace Mitchell was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line in that span and finished with a game-high 20 points.

Northwest was led by Cassie Pauls’ 12 points.

Northwest141081042
Derby191711754

Northwest: Carr 7, McIntyre 6, Grant 2, Pauls 12, Cooper 4, Williams 6, Hall 2, Bagsby 3.

Derby: Greenwood 13, Benway 2, Mills 9, Mitchell 20, Young 7, Hartman 1, Winter 2.