New Manchester trailed 11-4 after the first period, 23-16 after the second, and 31-27 after three periods of play.
The Lady Jags managed to tie the game four times but could not get the lead.
“Every time we tied the game, we would lose momentum or Northgate would gain it,” said NMHS coach Josh Martin. “We pressed them late, getting key turnovers, but could not make the strides to make the shots and take the lead.”
“We have a lot of work to do defensively,” he added. “We gave up a lot of layups and easy shots.”
Freshman Deesha Bereford stood out for New Manchester offensively. The young point guard led the Lady Jags with 14 points, hitting 2-of-3 shots from beyond the arch.
“She took over the game at times and showed spurts of dominance as a freshman,” Martin said. “The created shots from her teammates and didn’t turn the ball over.”
Sophomore Taiylor Hibbard and senior Alysia Harris added six points each.
New Manchester will host cross-county foe Alexander today. The girls will play at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow at 7:30 p.m.
“We will see Alexander twice before Christmas,” Martin said. “They are a much improved team and [Coach Marcy] Camp has them playing well.”
“If we don’t turn the ball over we shall be all right,” he added. “If we do, then we could be in for a long game.”