Chelsea improves to 14-0 with road win against Northridge

Published 2:35 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Publisher 

NORTHRIDGE – The Chelsea Hornets continued to roll on Tuesday, Dec. 12, winning their 14th consecutive game to start the 2023-2024 basketball season with a road win against Northridge.

The Hornets capitalized on a big night from Haley Trotter and another impressive showing from the defense to pick up a commanding 65-38 win to improve to 14-0.

Trotter scored 23 points to lead all scorers in the victory, but the team also got points from eight other players, while the defense limited Northridge to 12 or less in every quarter of the game.

It was the first quarter that set the tone for the night with Trotter kickstarting a big game on the offensive end and the defense limiting the Jags’ production.

Trotter scored 11 of her 23 in the opening quarter, while four others scored in the period to help the Hornets post 24 points in the period, while the defense limited Northridge to six points.

That quickly gave Chelsea an 18-point lead to work with and all of the momentum. The Hornets used that to their advantage going into the second quarter to extend the lead.

Seven more points from Trotter and 13 more as a team helped them add to the lead by two going into the half, limiting Northridge to 11 points for a 37-17 advantage at the break.

With the defense playing as well as it was, the Hornets knew they were already in good shape, but the offense came out in the third quarter to make sure they left no doubt.

Six players scored in the quarter, including two 3-pointers from Sadie Schwallie to help the Hornets total 19 points, while the defense limited the Jaguars to nine points to add 10 more points to their lead for a 30-point lead going to the final period.

That was more than enough for the defense to close out the 65-38 victory.

In addition to Trotter’s 23 points, Schwallie finished with 11 points on two made 3-pointers, two field goals and a 1-2 mark at the free throw line. Caroline Brown was just behind with nine, while Olivia Pryor added eight.