Chelsea Sager had 12 points and eight rebounds Saturday to lead the Johnstown-Monroe High School girls basketball team past host Northridge 61-37.

Chelsea Sager had 12 points and eight rebounds Saturday to lead the Johnstown-Monroe High Schoolgirls basketball team past host Northridge 61-37.


The Johnnies improved to 7-7 overall and 6-3 in the MBC. Northridge dropped to 0-13 and 0-9.


Johnstown took an 8-0 lead and had a 13-3 edge entering the second period thanks to five points from Chelsea Cannon. Sager and Courtney Dingess scored five points to help lift the Johnnies to a 32-15 advantage at halftime.


"We had been starting slow, so it was good for us to get out quickly," said Johnstown coach Connie Allen, whose team beat Northridge 66-33 on Dec. 11. "It was nice to see us come and be aggressive with the basketball."


Northridge also had a slow start to the second half. The Vikings did not have afield goal until Deidre Wells drove in for a layup with 3.5 seconds remaining in the third period.


"We came out flat and I don't know how you can do that against your rival," Northridge coach Ron Florey said. "We had been making strides, but this felt like we took five steps back."


Dingess had 11 points and nine rebounds, Cannon and Michelle Fairchild scored 10 points, Katie Furr had sixand Sarah Thomas had five.


Wells had seven points and four steals for the Vikings and Keilah Ketron and Jessie Johnson had seven points, Dana VanDervort had five blocks, Lindsay Rose had six rebounds and two assists, Sierra Fronk had four rebounds.