It was only a matter of time.
Although it took probably longer than any of them had hoped, Northside displayed attributes resembling that of the old Vikings’ “Bomb Squad” days on Tuesday.
Behind solid shooting from the perimeter that saw the Vikings hit five 3-pointers as a team and stifling defense that held Teurlings Catholic to single digit points in both the second and third quarters, Northside played the spoiler role to perfection as they routed the Rebels 53-34 in a District 5-4A contest that dropped Teurlings to third place in the district.
“This is a big win,” Vikings head coach Ross Rix said. “This was the best that we have played in a long time. Our kids kept fighting and working hard. We had our lows in the district, but it was good to see the kids kept fighting.”
The Vikings, who improved to 15-14 overall and 4-7 in district, were sensational from start to finish as they only trailed the Rebels twice in the entire game — 2-0 and 4-2.
“When the ball goes in the hole for us, we play a lot better,” Rix said. “I told the kids that we have been one to three possessions away from being a Top 10 team. We have the talent here.”
That talent was on display Tuesday for the Vikings, as Brandon Ellis, who scored a team-high 14 points, and Jonte’ Morrison, who finished the game with 13 points, combined to score 27 of Northside’s 53 points.
In addition to Ellis and Morrison, the Vikings received contributions from Cam McGilvery and Darius Randell both of whom scored eight points, while Trevor Breaux finished with seven and Jo’Nathon Delacroix chipped in with five.
Cole Kelley was slowed by the Vikings’ defense although he finished with a team-high 13 points, and Ike Hidalgo contributed with 10 points in the losing effort for the Rebels, who fell to 22-9 overall and 8-3 in district.
After a back-and-forth first quarter in which the Vikings led 15-13, Northside broke the game open in the second quarter by outscoring the Rebels 11-2 and holding Teurlings without a field goal the entire quarter en route to taking a 26-15 lead at halftime.
“That was big for us,” Rix said. “I felt we did a much better job of protecting the paint in the second quarter. I think we gave up only two points in the second quarter, so that was big. You have to have those type of quarters to win games like this.”
Rix couldn’t quite put his finger on why the Vikings played so well, but he believes their desire to play spoiler and the tiebreaker plans being discussed between the Rebels, St. Thomas More and St. Martinville.
“I did let my guys know that they did that,” Rix said. “I let them know that they were counting us out. I don’t know if that played a role in how we played, but I know that we wanted to play spoiler.”
Area Girls Basketball Playoff Schedule
Zachary at Carencro, 6:30 p.m.
Lafayette at Ouachita Parish, 6:30 p.m.
Ruston at New Iberia, 6 p.m.
Acadiana at Helen Cox, 6 p.m.
Teurlings at Warren Easton, 6 p.m.
Huntington at Northside, 6 p.m.
Landry-Walker at Breaux Bridge, 6 p.m.
Ursuline at Rayne, 6 p.m.
Beau Chene at St. Thomas More, 6 p.m.
Northwest at Iowa, 6 p.m.
Port Barre at Brusly, 6 p.m.
North Vermilion at Evangel, 6 p.m.
Erath at Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m.
Caldwell Parish at Iota, 6 p.m.
Abbeville at Ville Platte
ASH-G.C. at French Settlement, 6 p.m.
Opelousas Catholic at North Caddo, 6 p.m.
Grambling at North Central, 6 p.m.
Montgomery at Gueydan, 6:30 p.m.
Lafayette Christian at Houma Christian, 6:30 p.m.
Ascension Episcopal at St. Mary‘s, 6 p.m.
Logansport at Vermilion Catholic, 6 p.m.
Dodson at Midland, 7 p.m.
Northside Christian at Claiborne Christian, 6 p.m.