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North continues to roll: Bull Dogs feed off long-range shots in victory

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MADISON — As Madison and Columbus North prepared for tip-off at Madison High School on Friday night, there was no denying the height difference between the two squads.

With three of North’s starters standing at 6-foot-7 or above, they towered over Madison’s starting lineup that doesn’t break 6-3.

However, it was not inside action, but rather perimeter shots that ultimately made the difference as North rolled to an 88-57 victory against the Cubs.

The Bull Dogs (13-1) had five players hit shots from beyond the 3-point line, combining for 12 3-point goals on the night and shooting 68 percent from the field.

The Cubs had three from beyond the arc.

North junior Evan Henry had three of those 3-point goals on his way to 20 points.

“We shot a high percentage from outside tonight, and that is a key thing for us,” North head coach Jason Speer said. “We were unselfish with the ball, and our transition game was really working well for us.”

The game started out close, with Madison pressuring on defense and using its agility and speed to get to the basket.

With the Bull Dogs up 22-20 after a quick first quarter, the Bull Dogs increased pressure on defense and continued to hit jumpers.

North senior Paul Salee came off the bench to hit two straight 3-point goals in the second quarter for the Bull Dogs, while Henry had one from beyond the arc as well as some key drives to help North outscore Madison 20-9 in the second quarter.

“Madison did a very good job in the first quarter; we forced them into some perimeter shots that they made, however we were able to keep the pedal down for 32 minutes, and we just wore them out,” Speer said.

The Bull Dogs stayed ahead of the quick Madison squad for all four quarters, despite several attempts by the Cubs to make a run.

North senior Tori Jackson delivered on inside shots for the Bull Dogs as well as one 3-point goal by the 6-8 center on his way to 20 points and nine rebounds.

North’s Clint Cunningham, Josh Speidel and Salee each added 10 points for North, while Elliott Welmer had nine and Sawyer Glick added seven.

Madison’s Carson Wattenbarger led the scoring for the Cubs with 16 points, followed by Matt Woolard with 14.

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