COALVILLE After getting blindsided by Rowland Hall in one of the season's biggest upsets two weeks ago, North Summit earned a chance to redeem itself and also cook up some revenge in its home gym on Friday night.
For the Braves, revenge became a dish best served 3-point style courtesy of Lee Foust.
Foust drained five 3-pointers in the first quarter to help North Summit run away from the Winged Lions with a 90-65 victory. The senior guard finished with 19 points in the quarter and led all scorers with 25 points.
"I think that's the most threes I've ever hit in a game," Foust said.
The timing of Foust's 3-point outburst couldn't have been better if he had planned it weeks in advance. Foust hit three straight from behind the arc to push the Braves out to a 11-2 lead. Then he added two more and converted a layup off a steal to give North Summit an overwhelming 25-9 advantage with 2:11 left in the first quarter.
It turned out to be a strong quarter for the team as a whole, with the Braves hitting 12 of their first 15 shots from the floor. North Summit came in determined to force the Winged Lions to try and play at a faster pace.
Dictating tempo was something the Braves thought they never did the first time around.
"We ran the floor," Foust said. "When we were down there, we took our time getting up the floor just like they did. They had control the whole game. We could never run the floor good."
Extending momentum beyond the first half was a point of emphasis for the coaching staff after North Summit successfully rallied from a similar deficit to beat South Summit on a last-second basket Wednesday.
"That was my biggest concern after what happened Wednesday is that we made sure we still controlled the game in the second half," Braves coach Jerre Holmes said. "I thought our kids were really focused on doing that very thing."