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NPHS girls basketball off to a fierce start

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The North Port girls basketball team is off to a blistering hot start this season, having already broken its single-game scoring record twice in just six games.

The Bobcats, now 5-1, credit their early season success to their defensive intensity and fast-paced offensive attack. North Port is averaging 73 points per game and holding their opponents to an average of just 48. The Bobcats are hoping their on-court success will lead to increased attendance at their games.

“The fans will definitely get a show watching these girls play,” assistant coach Curtis Tillman said.

North Port enjoyed an auspicious start to its season by dominating its first three opponents including Sarasota High School. The Bobcats’ 85-50 victory over the Sailors marks the first time North Port has beaten Sarasota in girls basketball since the 2006-2007 season. The Bobcats’ impressive 85 points also broke their single-game scoring record.

That record, however, was not meant to last. Just over a week later, North Port dropped 87 points on district opponent Riverdale High School. The Bobcats smoked the Raiders, ultimately beating them by 64 points. In that game, freshman Krystal Morales made six three-point shots.

North Port’s only loss of the season came against Gulf Coast High School. The Sharks, a district opponent, topped the Bobcats 74-57. Gulf Coast is a challenging adversary, with two of its seniors already committed to play basketball at Division I universities next year.

The Sharks, however, are not the only team sending a player on to the next level. Next year, North Port senior Alexis Francavilla will play basketball at Florida Southwestern College.

“It’s awesome,” Tillman said. “For her to go on to the next level shows that this program is all about supporting these girls.”

The Bobcats’ goal for this season is to reach the state Final Four. The road to that accomplishment will go through Gulf Coast, who North Port will face in a rematch on January 9. The team is hoping there will be plenty of Bobcats fans there to lend their support.

The Bobcats play their next home game at 7 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 8, against Mariner High School. 

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