EVERETT — On a night where they honored the 1989 boys basketball team, the Everett Warriors of today showed those of yesteryear what they have to offer to the program.
While the game was close in the early stages of of Friday night’s Inter-County Conference battle with Northern Bedford, the Warriors pulled away late in the first half to win, 74-38.
“At halftime we talked about defense, and I thought we picked it up in the second half,” said Everett coach Adam Phipps. “We’re really working hard on the defensive end. It was a good win tonight before a nice crowd.”
The Warrior defense began to execute their plan as the first half came to a close. Holding a seven-point lead with four minutes left in the opening half, Everett strung together a 12-point run before Northern Bedford’s Caleb Diehl scored a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
During the Warrior stretch, Nathaniel Maxwell scored eight of those points, while Jared Colledge and Elijah Treece each added two.
Leading 42-26 after the first half, Everett continued its offensive strike with a nine-point run to open the third period, pushing ahead, 51-26.
Colledge led the way with five points, while Treece added four.
After a Hayden Foor basket for Northern Bedford, Maxwell and Colledge scored a combined five points.
Foor and Dalton Smith each scored a basket for the visiting Panthers as the third quarter ended with the hosts leading, 57-32.
Everett posted a 10-point run to open the final period with Treece scoring six points.
The stretch was broken up by a bucket by Diehl, but Brandon Mills brought the home crowd to its feet with a dunk during a four-point stretch, pushing Everett to a 71-36 lead.
Everett outscored Northern Bedford, 3-2, as the game finished, winning, 74-38.
“I have to give Northern Bedford credit, they played well in the first half,” Phipps added. “For only being a one-win team — it caught us off guard. Credit to them.”
The Black Panthers won the opening jump ball and pushed ahead to a 3-0 lead before Everett took a 5-3 lead.
Diehl tied the game, 5-5, with a basket, but the Warriors took a lead they would not relent.
Bryson Clingerman and Treece added baskets, while Trenton Clites chipped in a three-pointer for a 12-7 lead.
Thad Leidy and Diehl had Northern Bedford’s longest run of the night, five points, to cut the deficit, 12-10.
Maxwell added a lay-up before a free throw by Diehl. Maxwell and Colledge added a combined five points before Diehl and Mills exchanged field goals as the Warriors led, 21-14.
Leidy began the second quarter with a lay-up but was answered by a bucket by Treece. Diehl’s lay-up was countered by a four-point rally by the hosts, taking a 28-18 lead.
Diehl hit a three to cut the deficit to seven points, but an exchange of lay-ups by both teams kept the score close, 30-23, before the Warriors’ run put the game away from there.
Treece finished with a game-high 22 points, while Colledge had 19 points and Maxwell 16. Diehl led the visitors with 18 points.
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday. Everett hosts Forbes Road, while Northern Bedford visits Fannett-Metal.
During the halftime of the varsity game, the 1989 Everett boys’ basketball team was honored. That team won both the Bedford County and Sideling Hill League titles.
EVERETT 74, NORTHERN BEDFORD 38
Northern Bedford 14 12 6 6 — 38
Everett 21 21 15 17 — 74