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Northwest Guilford tops Lexington boys

Lexington’s boys continued their run through a tough nonconference schedule, and life didn’t get any easier Tuesday night. Nick Powell buried three 3-pointers in a big second quarter, and Northwest Guilford pulled away for a 65-58 nonconference win over the Jackets.

Tied at 11 after one quarter, the Vikings outscored Lexington 21-8 in the second period to take control. Powell tallied 13 of his game-high 26 points in the quarter, and the Vikings kept the Jackets at arm’s length the rest of the way.

“They got the 3s going,” Lexington coach Robert Hairston said. “We understood a little bit of what to do, but we’re just learning to execute our defense right now.

“Right now we’re not playing the type of defense we want to play. I think overall they played fairly well, but we’re learning.”

Playing with the lead, the Vikings never allowed the Jackets to make a run to get back in it. Cody Hylton, who pumped in 21 points, went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to put the game on ice.

“Yeah, I kept trying to say that’s the one we don’t want to foul,” Hairston said of Hylton. “But at that point it didn’t matter, we had to foul anyone we could.”

Marquell White paced the Jackets with 16 points. Coleman Hayes added 13 and Nolan Benson 11 as the Jackets slipped to 3-4.

Lexington hosts Reagan on Tuesday.