By Ron Nunnari – Rnunnari@aimmediamidwest.com
TROTWOOD — If not for Shai McGruder running wild in the first quarter when she scored almost half of her game-leading 33 points, Northmont might have emerged victorious Thursday at Trotwood-Madison.
Northmont made adjustments in the second quarter to limit McGruder to four points. Trotwood got eight points from Sha’ Mya Leigh, including a pair of 3-pointersm and Mercedes Woodward scored six in the fourth quarter as Trotwood held on to post a 72-63 victory.
Trotwood went on an 8-0 run with McGruder coming up with a steal and three consecutive baskets to put the Lady Rams up 17-8. Northmont got a free throw and a 3-pointer from Makayla Cooper (20 points) and Kaitlyn McCrary got a rebound and scored to cut the deficit to 17-14. Trotwood held a nine point lead by quarter’s end but the Lady Bolts kept chipping away to cut Trotwood’s lead to 35-32 at the half.