by Gary Andrews
Every year as the boys’ basketball regular season nears the end, county rivals Southwood and Northfield do battle for bragging rights of the metro school system. The two squads fought that battle Friday night at Northfield with the Knights winning the war 75-46.
Southwood got off to a good start right off the bat on a Corey Phillipy three that was followed by a bucket from Alex Harmon to lead 5-0. Jarred Short would get the Norse on the board and cut the lead to 2 points with a three before the Knights scored 6 straight. Jackson Blair hit, then got a steal for a lay-up before Harmon made it 11-3. Tanner Wilcox stopped the run with a bucket when Alex Harmon answered with a dunk to make it 13-5. Blair and Phillipy would trade buckets with Wilcox and the Knights led 17-9 after one.
Corey Phillipy hit two free throws to start the second quarter with Wilcox quickly getting his fourth bucket. Corey's brother Ross would get in on the action trading buckets with Jon Richardson as Southwood led 25-17. Ross Phillipy would then hit followed by two Harmon buckets to increase the lead to 31-17. Jarred Short stopped the run, but Corey Phillipy and Jackson Blair answered and the Knights led 36-21 at the half.
Down 15 at the half the Norse would need to chip away at the Knight lead and make it manageable before the fourth. Heath Miller got the Norse going and down 42-25 they made a move. Jon Richardson hit two free throws and was followed by two Tanner Wilcox buckets and one from Noah Shear to cut the Knight lead to 42-33. Just when it looked like the Norse were back in the game the Knights took off. Corey Phillipy hit two straight and was followed by a three and a two from Jackson Blair to open a 51-33 lead. The Knights would keep the pressure on and led 58-37 with a quarter to go.
The fourth quarter was all Southwood as the Knights out scored the Norse 17-9 with five different players scoring. Alex Harmon led the way with 6 points while Corey Phillipy added 5. Jon Richardson scored 7 of the 9 Northfield points in the quarter a the Knights prevailed 75-46.
Leading Southwood was Alex Harmon with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 4 blocks. Corey Phillipy added 21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal. Jackson Blair had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block. Ross Phillipy had 8 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals. Logan Paris had 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal. Jacob Lloyd had 2 points. Matt Cox had 1 rebound. Noah Kirk had 2 rebounds. Zach Hobson had 1 assist. Luke Elliott had 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal. Clay Hinrichsen had 1 rebound.
Northfield won the junior varsity contest 40-32.