The Columbus North girls played 14½ minutes of dominating basketball Friday night.
The other 17½ minutes weren’t so dominating for the Bull Dogs, and they know they’ll need to be at the top of their game for 32 minutes twice today when they face two high-quality teams.
Class 4A No. 2 North (10-0) opened the Subway/Columbus North Invitational with a 65-33 win against Avon (3-6), the Bull Dogs’ 29th consecutive regular-season victory. They will meet 4A No. 7 Roncalli (10-2) in the semifinals at 11:45 a.m. and will play in the consolation or championship game at 5:15 or 7 p.m.
“Sometimes, we don’t play very good defense, but like my dad (assistant coach Ron Patberg) said, we got to state last year because of our defense and our energy, and sometimes, we don’t always bring that,” North point guard Ali Patberg said. “(Today), we’re going to look to bring energy and enthusiasm and intensity.”
The Bull Dogs jumped out to a 15-2 lead four minutes into the game. From there, they were outscored by the Orioles 27-26 for a little more than two quarters before North finished the game with a 24-4 spurt.
“I thought we got out to a good start,” Goodall said. “Our defense, I think we can step it up a little bit, but offensively, I think we played well tonight.”
The Bull Dogs forced 26 Avon turnovers, including 15 in the second half.
Goodall led North with 20 points and five rebounds. Patberg scored 12 points on four three-point plays, and Kelsey Cunningham added 10 points.
The 20-point game was the second in a row for Goodall, who tallied 23 in Wednesday’s 60-38 win at Columbus East.
“After the game on Wednesday, we wanted to come out strong, and we did,” Patberg said. “We just have trouble staying up. We just need to have more energy. (Today), we’re going to bring that, I think. We’re excited. This is a really good tournament, so we’re ready to play.”
“I think this is a good tournament, and it’s a good opportunity to get better,” Goodall said. “It’s going to be a hard tournament, but I think if we take it one game at a time, we’ll be fine.”
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