By David Rosenberg @drose105
GERMANTOWN — The Northwest Jaguars girls varsity basketball team dominated their home opener, cruising past the visiting Watkins Mill Wolverines, 72-45.
Northwest’s ball movement and pressure on defense gave them what would become an insurmountable lead, notching an astonishing 30 points with the score 40-22 in the second quarter, led by a strong performance by guard Ashley Mostrom.
Mostrom was poised on both sides of the ball. In one play, Mostrom stole a pass and broke for the layup, drawing a foul but still managing to make the shot a three-pointer.
The Jaguars start the season in the right direction behind first-year head coach Kevin Smithson. After the game, Smithson was met by many Northwest fans to applaud him on the victory.
When asked about the intensity in the second quarter which led to 30 points, Smithson said, “It’s a very high level of intensity, we got a lot of girls with a lot of passion, and they displayed it tonight. You know we had a lot of ups and downs before the season but I’m trying to build minds up, and build these girls into real basketball players.”
Smithson added, “It’s more than playing basketball you got to play together and have the right mindset.”
When asked about the importance of winning the first game, Smithson said, “It means a lot! I’ve been part of this program for a long time, I was with the boys last year, and I had a sister that actually played here and got a banner so that’s what I’m trying to bring to this team. I want to bring a banner and I want to get these girls together as a real team.”
Northwest will play their second game of the season against the Magruder Colonels Dec. 11.