—Submitted by Northville Coach Todd Gudith
Northville returned to action Friday night, traveling to Salem High School to start up the second round of division play. The Mustangs, coming off a loss last Friday to South Lyon East, were tied with Salem for second in the KLAA Central Division at 3-2.
The Rocks, which had won four out of their last six games including a 35-31 win on Tuesday in a non-league game against a strong 9-1 Brighton team, looked to pose a challenge for Northville. The smaller but speedy Northville defense was up to the challenge facing a tall Rocks team that boasted several players at six feet.
After the first basket scored by Salem, Northville got on the offensive with two 3-point baskets by Kendra Brenner to boast Northville to an early 11-5 lead that they would never let slip. Just before halftime, Northville's Gabby Mencotti scored a backdoor layup with three seconds left to put the Mustangs up nine. Northville's lockdown defense continued in the second half as they held the Rocks to just two baskets and 6-23 FG for the game.
The win puts Northville in sole possession of second place in the division.