MOORE — From their first touch of the basketball just 30 seconds into the game, Northeast made big shots on Thursday in the first round of the Class 2A girls basketball state tournament.
The Vikings moved to 28-0 on the season with a 53-34 victory against Preston at Westmoore High School.
It started with Latia Roberston draining a 3-pointer from the left side. From there, Northeast pushed the pace and got off to a 12-3 run that ended with Jaelyn Coleman hitting a 3 from almost the exact same spot as Robertson.
Preston had trouble holding onto the ball. They missed shots and turned the ball over, but freshman Madisyn McFalls stole an inbounds pass and made layup to close the gap to 2 points with 1:30 left in the first quarter.
Northeast's Maxmina Gonzalez hit a 3 with 11.4 remaining for a 15-10 lead, and then the Vikings hit three free throws to start the second to take it to 18-10.
At 20-12 they had a scoring drought of exactly three minutes in which the teams combined for two empty possessions of missed shots and five turnovers. Northeast went into halftime up 27-14.
The third and fourth quarters just allowed Northeast to build on its lead even more. The Vikings went on a 9-2 run late in the third and won the game by 19 points.