Lady Norse fall in sectional finals

Northfield's Ariel Dale attempts to put up a shot around a Tri-Central defender on Saturday night during the finals of the Clinton Central girls basketball sectional. Photo by Josh Sigler

By The Paper staff

The fourth quarter Saturday, Feb. 3, caused problems for the Northfield Lady Norse basketball team, bringing the team’s season to an end in the finals of the Class A Clinton Central Sectional.

Tri-Central outscored Northfield 15-9 in the final quarter to post a 49-42 win over the Lady Norse to advance to the Tipton Regional.

Northfield stayed close throughout the contest, owning a 12-10 lead after one quarter and a 19-19 tie at halftime.
Tri-Central took a one-point, 34-33 lead entering the final quarter.

Kelcie Thomson scored 14 points for the Lady Norse in the championship game, while Ariel Dale added 10 points.
Northfield advanced to the finals with a 63-27 win over MSD of Wabash County rival Southwood on Friday night in the semifinals.

Northfield dominated throughout the night, owning a 16-5 and 32-14 lead after the first two quarters.

After the Lady Knights fought back in the third quarter, Northfield shut the door on their rivals, outscoring Southwood 15-2 in the final quarter.

Thomson again led the Lady Norse with 16 points, while Dale added 14.

For Southwood, MaKenna Pace led the Lady Knights with eight points.

Northfield ended its season with an 18-6 record, while Southwood had a 5-19 record.

The Lady Knights defeated Frontier, 50-45, in the opening round of the sectional on Tuesday, Jan. 30, to advance to the finals.

Southwood built a 36-27 lead after three quarters, and withstood Frontier’s comeback attempt in the final quarter to seal the win.

Pace led Southwood with 16 points, while Morgan Farr added 11.

Meanwhile, it was one-and-done for both Wabash County girls basketball teams at the Oak Hill Sectional Friday, Feb. 2.

After both teams received a first-round bye, Wabash stayed close with North Miami, but fell short, 50-44, and Manchester had the daunting task of opening up the tournament against Class 2A No. 1 Oak Hill with a 54-27 loss.

North Miami jumped out to a 12-5 lead, but Bailey Yoakum got hot, scoring seven straight points for Wabash to give the Apaches a 13-12 lead.

North Miami answered with a five straight points to regain the lead. The Apaches responsded with a 7-2 run for a 20-19 lead midway through the second quarter.

The teams battled back-and-forth with six lead changes over the next eight minutes, but the Warriors used a 10-2 run to take a 36-30 lead and never let the Apaches get closer than six points the rest of the way.

Wabash was led in scoring by Yoakum with 16 points, followed by Carmen Higdon with 11, Tabby Wagoner and Hope Unger each with six, Abby Vinopol with four and Alivia Short with one point.

Host Oak Hill showed why they are the top-ranked team in the state in Class 2A with a dominating performance against the Squires.

The Eagles raced out to a 16-2 first quarter lead. Manchester's Eva Bazzoni started the second quarter with  a 3-pointer to cut it to 16-5, but Oak Hill just continued its dominance, outscoring the Squires 21-5 after that to lead 35-10.

Manchester pushed back to start the second half with a 7-0 run to cut it to 37-17, but it wasn't enough as Oak Hill advanced to the championship, and ultimately, the sectional title the next night over North Miami.

Manchester was led by Sydney Day with seven points, followed by six points each from Kennedy Fiersots and Erika Kendall, four points from Emma West and three from Bazzoni.

Wabash ends the season with a 12-11 record, while Manchester finishes at 11-12.

Posted on 2018 Feb 06