The Northland High School girls basketball team kept its hold on first place in the City League-North Division with a 49-32 win over visiting Brookhaven on Friday.

The Northland High School girls basketball teamkept its hold on first place in the City League-North Division with a 49-32 win over visiting Brookhaven onFriday.

The Vikings, looking for a spot in the City championship game for the first time in 11 years, are 12-2 overall and 9-0 in the City-North. The Bearcats are 9-4 and 7-2.

"I think it's a step in the right direction for the program," Northland coach Dean Washington said. "It's been a long time since Northland has contended. We're not there yet, but obviously we have an upper hand right now.

"When you're in first place, you have a target on your back."

For Northland,post player Destiney Gaston had 12 points and 10 rebounds, guard Sierra Lemon had 12 points and five rebounds andguard Tiffany Hudson had 15 points and seven rebounds.

Lemon saod the Vikings, who beat the Bearcats at home for the first time in Washington's five-year tenure, were nervous at the outset of the game.

"We had it once we got into the mode (of the game)," said Lemon.

"We knew we had to win," Gaston said.

For Brookhaven, Briana Holmes scored 10 points, all in the second half.

The game was scoreless for the first 4 minutes, 4 seconds. The Bearcats had a 7-5 lead after the first quarter and scored the first bucket of the second quarter.

Northland then took the game over, going on a 20-1 run for the remainder of the first half and the first 45 seconds of the third quarter.

"We made a couple plays defensively like not getting back in transition," Brookhaven coach Reggie Lee said. "We maybe went for a couple steals that we should have (gotten), and they capitalized on it.

"They're very skilled players in finishing, and they shot the ball well from the outside."

The Vikings extended their lead to 31-14 early in the third quarter and had a 41-23 advantage going into the final period.
Northland won despite Brookhaven forcing 20 turnovers.

"We wanted to protect our court and I think we did that," Washington said.