Northmont survives Troy comeback at free-throw line.
VANDALIA — The Northmont Thunderbolts utilized their superior speed and size to get out to an early lead and then held onto the game from the free-throw line in a 64-52 win over the Troy Trojans in a first-round Division I sectional basketball game Saturday afternoon at Vandalia Butler’s Student Activities Center.
After taking a 5-4 lead in the first few minutes of the game, the Thunderbolts started a pressing full court zone defense and sometimes man-to-man, which created a 19-7 first quarter lead. Cameron Taylor led the early scoring for Northmont with eight points in the first period.
Northmont coasted to a 33-19 halftime lead. Troy finally figured out Northmont’s defense and stayed in the game even into the fourth quarter but could not cut the deficit any closer than seven points. Northmont outscored Troy 20-18 in the fourth quarter to hold on to the win.
Troy was led by senior guard Jalen Nelson, who scored 16 points and brought down seven rebounds. Senior forward Tyler Miller added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the Trojans, and sophomore guard Tre Hudson also scored double figures with 12 points.
Keith Richardson and Terry Ramsey led Northmont in scoring with each getting 12 points. Dominique Stollings came off the bench with 10 points, eight of them form the foul line where Northmont dominated the game getting to the line 25 times compared to Troy shooting just 8 foul shots.
Troy shot 19 of 49 from the field (38 percent) and 6 of 8 from the foul line (75 percent). Northmont connected on 17 of their 26 foul shots (65.4 percent) and improved to 16-7 on the season. Troy ended the season 6-17, including a 5-5 record in its last 10 games.
Troy’s standout senior Tyler Miller finished his career with 812 career points which makes him finish as the #11 all-time scorer in Troy basketball history.