Chase Hutchins led the Greyhounds with a game-high 21 points, adding six rebounds and three assists. Garrick DeBowles had 20 points and six rebounds, while Cole Childers totaled 11 points, five assists and three steals.
Pope (10-4, 4-1) used an 18-5 run in the first quarter to establish a double-digit lead and never let Northview (5-6, 2-3) get closer than nine points the rest of the game.
The Titans’ Kendrick Cole, who finished with 15 points, hit a jumper 2 minutes into the first quarter, cutting Pope’s lead to 6-5.
Childers then ignited the run with eight straight points off two 3-pointers and a jumper, while Hutchins added three consecutive layups to move the Greyhounds ahead 21-8. Hutchins had nine points in the first quarter.
DeBowles’ three-point play capped the run as Pope led 24-10 at the end of the first quarter, and his jumper with 4:30 left in the second put the Greyhounds on top by 16.
Dylan Causwell, who had seven rebounds and scored 12 of his 20 points in the first half, recorded nine straight points for Northview during a 9-2 run that pulled the Titans to within nine. But DeBowles’ jumper with 42 seconds left until halftime left Pope with a 34-23 margin at the intermission, and the Greyhounds built on the lead from there.
“We built it to a 10- to 12-point double-digit lead, but we just couldn’t put (Northview) away,” Pope coach Pat Abney said. “I thought we played well offensively and defensively. I was hoping to see us play well, like we did against North Cobb in our last game at Allatoona, and I think we did.
“The kids played like they were ready to go right from the start, and it’s good to see them turn things around from losing back-to-back games right after Christmas.”
Pope made four of its six 3-pointers in the third quarter, outscoring Northview 17-13. Hutchins nailed all three of his 3s in and scored 10 points in the third.
Hutchins was fouled shooting a 3-pointer, and his subsequent free throw gave the Greyhounds a 49-29 advantage with 3:19 on the clock.
After DeBowles’ putback gave Pope a 15-point lead at the end of the third period, Causwell’s 3-pointer with 6:17 remaining in the game left the Titans trailing 55-41.
Northview elected to foul and send Pope to the free-throw line with 4:36 remaining. The Greyhounds, who were 16-of-21 from the free-throw line in the game, went 11-of-16 down the stretch to preserve the win.
Ryan Austin’s two free throws with 1:01 left on the clock gave Pope its biggest lead of the game at 65-44.
Drew Romich collected a game-high 12 rebounds and had six points for Pope.
“We start five juniors and we’ve been together basically our whole lives,” Hutchins said. “We have great chemistry and we know where to be.
“We play hard every night and we came out prepared to play. (On Thursday), we were mentally tough.”
Northview 55, Pope 54: Pope rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to take a one-point lead with less than 30 seconds remaining, but it couldn’t hold on to win the Region 7AAAAA home game.
Northview led 54-53 after a Lady Titans player missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw with roughly 20 seconds left on the clock. Kierra Henry then rebounded the errant miss and dribbled the length of the court for a layup with 12.1 remaining, giving Pope the one-point advantage.
Northview inbounded the basketball and got into its halfcourt offense. After a few passes, Lexa Muench found herself open and scored her only two points of the game with an 8-foot jumper that put the Lady Titans back in front by one with 2.1 on the clock.
Henry got the ball back, but she wasn’t able to get a shot off before the final buzzer.
Henry finished with 27 points, while Esther Paulk, Maya Hoye and Bria Johnson each had eight for Pope, which made seven 3-pointers and was 15-of-23 from the free-throw line.
Hannah Babadele and Shannon Titus each had 16 points to lead Northview.