DURHAM — A pair of players with double-doubles usually means victory on the basketball court, and that was true for Northern Durham on Tuesday.
Zuri White had a career-high 25 points and added 16 rebounds, while Mahorgany Jones chipped in 13 points and 10 boards as the Knights topped visiting Garner 51-36 in 4A non-conference girls’ basketball action at Poe Gym.
The result completed a series sweep for Northern (4-2), which had beaten Garner 55-43 Nov. 20 in the Trojans’ gym in the season opener for both teams.
“I was really happy,” Northern coach Pam Adams said. “We shared the ball, we played as a team, we did a good job boxing out and doing the little things well tonight.
“We reacted well to the adjustments they made. We went with what had worked for us and improved on it. Garner came out in a zone, and I was happy the girls did just what they were supposed to do when they recognized it.”
Khayani Chandler led Garner with 11 points while Kiyana Stokes chipped in 10.
“We were lazy,” said Garner coach Hardrick Mays, whose team fell to 0-6. “We were down four points and we gave up. Our offense was working against their 2-3 (zone). Then they went to a 1-3-1 like we hoped they would and we started shooting jump shots.
“It’s a lack of concentration and a lack of effort. I expect a lot better performance out of our veteran players.”
The Knights led 16-6 after the first quarter and 30-16 at halftime behind 11 points from Jones and 10 from White.
“I thought we had great chemistry tonight,” White said. “We got people the ball when they were open, we supported each other when we did something good and just showed good teamwork.
“I think we cut out a lot of the little mistakes we made against them last time.”
Northern led 17-14 after Chandler scored four straight for the Trojans, the last on a steal and layup with 4:39 left in the half. But the Knights responded with the next 13 points, the last six from White.
“I felt good about our performance,” Jones said. “This time we were a lot better taking care of the ball, we rotated better and we boxed out better than when we played them before.
“We’re doing a great job playing together and supporting each other right now.”
Northern led 42-32 after three free throws from Chandler with 5:17 left, but went on an 11-0 run to put the game away.
“We didn’t play as well as we should have,” Stokes said. “We didn’t do a good job guarding the post tonight.
“We’ve just got to start hustling more and talking more on defense. We’ve got to pick up our tempo.”