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Northwest Hands the Seneca Valley Boys Their First Regular-Season Loss in 30 Games

The Northwest Jags handed Seneca Valley its first regular-season loss in 30 games, and beat Eagles for the first time in two seasons, with a 69-63 victory on Friday night. The win continues the Jags unbeaten streak this season and ends the Eagles regular-season unbeaten streak at 30 games.

The hard-fought, physical game played by the cross-town rivals had a playoff atmosphere in the Northwest gym with both the home and away stands packed with students cheering on their respective teams.

The Jags found themselves down five at halftime, 34-29. Northwest jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but Seneca Valley came back from being down 12-4. However, the Jags came back to outscore Seneca Valley by 10 points in the second half.

Northwest Head Coach Robert Smith said the difference was the intensity level of his team defensively in the second half. “They have good guards, and they can move the ball well and shoot. That is what they did in the first half. Early on they wanted it more than we did. In the second half, we came out and switched up our defense which helped us," said Smith.