Norse fall in sectional finals

By Josh Sigler

SHARPSVILLE – Northfield’s boys basketball team saw its season come to an end Saturday night in a 64-49 loss to Lafayette Central Catholic in the sectional championship game of Class A Sectional 54 at Tri-Central High School.

The Class A No. 3-ranked Knights (22-4) built a 20-14 lead by the end of the first quarter, and upped their advantage to 31-20 by halftime.

LCC then outscored the Norse (6-18) 19-11 in the third quarter to build a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Northfield stayed within striking distance with 14 steals and outscored LCC 18-15 in the fourth quarter, but ran out of steam in the end.

Leading the way for the Norse was Graydon Holmes, who finished with 13 points and hit a career-high three 3-pointers.
Nate Drancik finished with 12 points and four rebounds in his final game with Northfield.

Jared Peas held first-team all-state guard Carson Barrett to two points, and also finished with 10 points, four rebounds and five steals.

Logan Peas, who also played in his final game with the Norse, scored seven points to go along with his four rebounds.

Clayton Tomlinson rounded out the scoring for Northfield with seven points, three assists and three steals.

With eight 3-pointers, the Norse set a school record for most 3-pointers made in school history.

The program will also say goodbye to seniors Daniel Driscoll and Cole Rosen.

Norse win semifinal
Northfield earned a berth in the championship round of Sectional 54 with a 72-48 win over Frontier (11-13) on Friday night at Tri-Central.

Logan Peas hit a 3-pointer, and Drancik scored in the post in a stretch where Northfield jumped out to a 19-9 advantage by the end of the first quarter.

The lead swelled to over 20 when Jarret Shafer hit a 15-foot baseline jumper to put the Norse up 41-20 with 1:32 left in the first half.

Northfield settled for a 41-26 lead at the half. Frontier cut the lead down to 15 with 5:16 left in the third quarter, but transition buckets from Tomlinson and Logan Peas helped the Norse stretch the lead back out to 21, 57-36, by the end of the third quarter.

The lead swelled to as much as 28 in the fourth quarter, when Cole Rosen drove to the bucket for two to put the Norse up 70-42 with 2:40 to play.

Drancik led the way in the victory with 20 points and five rebounds.

Jared Peas added 15 points, five rebounds and five steals, as the Norse had 15 steals on the night as a team.

Logan Peas scored 12 points to go with five rebounds, and Tomlinson added 11 points, seven assists and five steals.

Holmes added six points and five rebounds despite foul trouble.

Posted on 2019 Mar 05