Freshman Jackson Wilson scored 20 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Northridge High School boys basketball team past visiting Granville Christian 80-41 on Dec. 14.

Freshman Jackson Wilson scored 20 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Northridge High School boys basketball team past visiting Granville Christian 80-41 on Dec. 14.

It was the first significant varsity playing time for the 6-foot-1 guard/forward.

"We said before the game that it was time to put the freshman in and see if he could play," Vikings coach Brian Blume said. "We had to find out sooner or later, and he came in and showed he was capable of playing at this level."

The Vikings improved to 3-2 thanks in part to making 15 of 30 3-point attempts.

Wilson scored 14 points in the first half, including eight points and two 3s in the first quarter, to help the Vikings take a 25-15 lead into the second quarter.

Junior forward Daniel Hatfield scored seven of his 18 points in the second quarter as Northridge stretched its lead to 42-23 by halftime.

The Vikings lost to Licking Valley 54-50 on Dec. 11, going only 4-for-19 on 3-point attempts.

"We shot a lot better than we did against (Licking) Valley," said junior point guard Brandon Estep, who scored only two points against Granville Christian but had eight assists and six rebounds. "We came in and did a lot of shooting drills (in practice) to get ready, and it worked (against Granville Christian)."

Logan Garee and Nate Neumeyer added eight and seven points, respectively, as 12 Northridge players scored.

Michael Dawson and Noah Lynd both scored 12 points for Gahanna Christian, which dropped to 1-5.

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Team 1 2 3 4 Final GRANVILLE CHRISTIAN 15 8 7 11 41 NORTHRIDGE 25 17 20 18 80