The fourth-seeded North County girls basketball team struggled early but held off fifth-seeded Mercy, 59-53, yesterday in the first round of the 12th Annual Noel Classic at Archbishop Spalding High.
Because of the snow, only one other first-round game was played, and top-seeded St. Mary's defeated eighth-seeded John Carroll, 57-50.
Yesterday's other first-round games will be played today. Mount de Sales takes on Old Mill at 11 a.m., and Spalding meets Centennial at 1 p.m.
Mercy takes on John Carroll at 3 p.m. in a consolation game followed by North County vs. St. Mary's in the 5 p.m. semifinal. The Mount de Sales-Old Mill and Spalding-Centennial losers play in a consolation game at 7 p.m., and the winners play in the semifinal at 9 p.m.