by Gary Andrews
The Northfield boys traveled to Oak Hill Thursday to take on the Golden Eagles, falling a point short in a 40-39 heart breaking loss.
In the first quarter the Norse put themselves in good position to have a good night, leading 15-14 after the first stop. Noah Shear got things going with a three pointer to put the Norse up 3-0 and led 5-4 after a Jon Richardson bucket. Tanner Wilcox would then hit back to back top put Northfield up 9-4 before Oak Hill made a move. Two free throws by Isaac Beaty started an 8-0 run by the Eagles to take the lead 12-9. Shear, feeling the groove from behind the arch would then hit two more to give Northfield the lead back at 15-12 before an Eagle bucket made it 15-14 after one.
The second quarter would be the down fall for the Norse, as they were out scored 18-8 to fall behind 32-22 at the half. After a Jon Richardson three gave Northfield an 18-16 lead, Oak Hill would go on a 9-0 run to open a 25-18 lead. Tanner Wilcox hit to stop the run before the Eagles scored five straight to take a 30-20 lead. Nick Ridenour would score before one more Oak Hill bucket for the 32-22 halftime score.
The Norse would close the gap in the third with both teams struggling from the floor. There were just five buckets made the entire quarter combined between the two teams with Northfield getting three of them. Tanner Wilcox started the quarter with a bucket, with Jon Richardson hitting the other two, one being a three as Northfield out scored Oak Hill 7-4 and cut the Eagle lead to 36-29 with a quarter to go.
Tanner Wilcox would hit two buckets around and Oak Hill bucket early in the fourth to make it 38-33 when the Norse forced a turn over. Wilcox would then get his third bucket to close the gap to 38-35. Applying heavy pressure the Norse got a steal and made it pay with two Richardson free throws with 2:05 to go to make it 38-37. Oak Hill’s Gerritt Taylor would stop the Norse run with a bucket that was answered by Heath Miller to make it 40-39 with 55.8 remaining. Northfield’s defense would come up big with one more steal and with 18 seconds remaining went for one shot. On the missed shot the Norse crashed the boards and on the fourth attempt and as time expired Heath Miller was fouled with no time left on a shot. After an Oak Hill time out, Miller stood alone at the free throw line with both shots going in and back out as the Norse fell 40-39.
Northfield shot just 28% from the free throw line, 36% from the field and 22% from behind the arch.
The Norse JV team beat Oak Hill 31 to 28. Austin Trump lead the JV effort with 14 points, 4 deflections, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. Also scoring for Norse were Ryan Driscoll with 12, Cody Holmes with 4 points and 5 rebounds, and Jake Schuler with 1.