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Mount Tabor girls hold off North

North Davidson’s Ivy Kiker (left) and Mount Tabors Tatum Jarvis chase the ball under the North basket during their game Wednesday night. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)

WELCOME | North Davidson and Mount Tabor’s girls squared off in a Central Piedmont 4A tilt Wednesday night at Pete Jones Gymnasium that had early makings of a barnburner.

After a back and forth night that featured eight lead changes in the first three quarters, Mount Tabor’s Tatum Jarvis extinguished the Knights’ hopes by scoring 15 consecutive points in the fourth quarter, keying a 63-55 victory that kept North winless in conference action.

Ivy Kiker hit back-to-back 3-pointers to close out the first quarter — the second a deep buzzer-beater from the left corner — to give the Knights a 17-14 lead at the end of  first quarter after trailing most of the opening stanza.

The Knights extended their lead to seven in the second quarter beating Mount Tabor’s zone press on several occasions. But North couldn’t find the same success on the defensive side of the ball as Mount Tabor continued to pound the ball inside to Tia Clement and Jordyn Richardson. The Spartan forwards scored Mount Tabor’s final 10 points of the half with Clement finishing off a 14-5 run with a nice post move just before the break as Mount Tabor regained a 30-28 lead.

Following a back and forth third quarter, Kiker scored on back-to-back transition layups to open the fourth and Lauren Ramsey nailed two free throws with 6:11 in the game as North regained a 3-point lead.

That’s when Jarvis — who scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter — took control of the game with an array of offensive moves and a soft shooting touch from the foul line. Jarvis’ run started with two free throws that closed the North lead to one. She then gave Mount Tabor the lead for good at 50-49 with a nifty baseline drive, scoring over two North defenders. Jarvis finished off her scoring spree a couple of minutes later after putting back a Clement miss and making her fifth straight free throw to cap a three-point play and a 10-point Spartan lead.

North coach Kendra Puckett pointed to her team’s inability to keep Mount Tabor off the offensive glass as a key to the loss. “I thought our 32 defense kept them from hitting any outside shots but we missed a few rebounds defensively that we should have grabbed and they made us pay,” Puckett said.

Ramsey led North with 15 points and was joined in double figures by Kiker and Sydney Bryan, who finished with 10 points apiece. The Knights fall to 0-3 in conference play, 4-9 overall heading into Thursday’s game at Davie.

In addition to Jarvis’ 19, the Spartans (3-1, 12-5) got 16 points from Clement and 12 points from Anais Weatherly.