Northfield season ends in regional title

By Eric Christiansen

SHARPSVILLE -- In an instant the dream ended.

Blue River Valley led Northfield 37-34 with the Norse in possession of the ball with 21 seconds left in regulation of the regional championship game Saturday, Feb. 15.

After a Northfield time out, the Norse worked the ball around for a game-tying three-pointer. Kenzie Baer inbounded the ball to Emma Hoover who found Fayth Leming outside the arc. Leming let the ball fly with eight seconds remaining but her shot went in-and-out and Blue River Valley grabbed the rebound and a 39-34 win.

Blue River Valley looked like they were going to run away with the game taking an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes.

The Norse found their groove scoring the final nine points of the game with four different players scoring to take a 9-8 lead.

After briefly giving up the lead to start the second quarter Northfield's Addi Baker scored five straight points including a three-pointer for a 14-8 Norse lead. The Vikings battled back to lead 15-14 with 5:44 left in the half but Baker went to work scoring the next five points to give Northfield a 19-15 lead with 2:52 left.

Kearston Stout made it a 22-15 lead with 2:11 remaining and the Norse led 22-16 at halftime.

Northfield continued to lead over the first four minutes of the third quarter but the Vikings used a 5-0 run to take a 29-26 lead before Leming hit a three to tie it up at 29-29.

Blue River Valley took a 32-31 lead into the fourth quarter but Emma Hoover nailed a three-pointer with 6:44 left to give the Norse a 34-32 lead.

The Viking's Ally Madden scored her 20th point of the game with a basket at the 5:39 mark to tie it at 34-34 before the game slowed down.

Madden gave Blue River Valley a 36-34 lead with 2:55 left, then Mallory Cross added a free throw with 46 seconds remaining, leading to the final plays of the game.

Stout led the Norse with nine points, Baker and Baer each had seven points, Hoover had six, Leming had three and Addi Rosen added two.

Northfield ends the season with a 20-7 record including a share of the Three Rivers Conference title, a Wabash County Tournament championship and a sectional championship.

First round

Northfield 66, Daleville 45

The Norse had no problem with Daleville in the opening game running away with a 66-45 win.

Out of the gate, Northfield showed its dominance on both ends of the floor, taking an 11-4 early lead.

Northfield took complete control of the game outscoring Daleville 12-4 after the Bronco time out to take a 23-8 lead after the first quarter.

Riding the hot shooting of  Baer who scored 17 points in the first half, Northfield took a 40-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Things slowed down in the third quarter with the Norse taking a 53-32 lead heading to the fourth quarter where it was just a formality in the 21-point win.

Baer led Northfield with 22 points while Stout had 16, Baker added 15, Hoover had eight, Leming had three and Pennington added two.

Posted on 2020 Feb 18