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Lady Norse fall in sectional championship game

The Northfield Lady Norse scored the first five points of the championship game of the Northfield Class 1A Sectional 54, but it was the Lady Warriors of North Miami who emerged champion, using an early 14-3 scoring run to take control of the game and finish with a 59-44 win Saturday, Feb. 5.

Northfield started the game hot on their home floor as Ainsley Dale started things off with a 3-pointer, followed by Hannah Holmes scoring on a rebound and put-back two minutes later for a 5-0 lead.

North Miami regrouped and tied things up with a basket from Ellie Musselman and a 3-pointer from Logan Mouser.
Dale hit her second 3-pointer of the quarter to give the lead back to the Lady Norse but the lead would be short-lived and the last Northfield would enjoy.

Jerzi Trigg and Musselman hit back-to-back baskets for the Lady Warriors, followed by a 3-pointer from Allison Bowman to take a 12-8 lead into the second quarter.

North Miami extended the lead to 18-10 but Northfield’s Eden Hoover did her best to keep her team close, scoring on three consecutive possessions, however, the Lady Warriors answered each basket with a bucket of their own and led 22-14 with 3:27 left in the half.

North Miami led 29-21 early in the second half and maintained a 9-point lead going into the final quarter at 41-32.

The Lady Norse had chances in the fourth quarter to close the gap but on two different occasions allowed North Miami to score offensive rebounds  off of missed free throws, and the Lady Warriors closed out the win for the program’s first sectional title since 2008.

After the game, Northfield head coach Brandon Baker reflected on the game and the season.

“The girls worked their tails off,” he said. “I told them they have a lot to be proud of. Nobody thought they would have had a chance to win the conference and nobody thought what we would have a chance to win a sectional, and they put themselves in that position.

“Obviously, both of those didn’t turn out how we wanted, but I’m very, very proud of those girls for everything they’ve done.”
Northfield ends the season with a 13-10 overall record and tied for second in the Three Rivers Conference with a 7-2 record.
Semifinals

Northfield outscored Southwood 14-0 over an 8-minute span in the first half of the teams’ sectional semifinal game of the Northfield Sectional Friday night, Feb. 4, but it took two free throws with 7.7 second left in the game Ainsley Dale to clinch a 53-51 win over the Lady Knights.

Southwood led the Lady Norse 7-4 early in the game, and the teams were tied 9-9 with 4:14 left in the first quarter.
Holmes started the 14-0 scoring run with a basket with 2:25 left it the quarter and 1-2 free throws with second seconds remaining to give Northfield a 12-9 lead.

The Lady Norse started the second quarter with two baskets from Emily Pennington, one each from Dale and Holmes, and a 3-pointer from Addy Rosen to seemingly take control of the game with a 23-9 lead.

Southwood battled back to cut the lead to 24-18 at halftime with two 3-pointers from Bailey Wyatt and one from Ella Haupert.
Haupert did her best to keep the Lady Knights close with seven points in a 2-minute span to cut the lead to 30-26 but Northfield still led 37-30 going into the fourth.

Southwood started the final quarter with an 8-2 run to cut the lead two 39-38 and regained the lead, 43-42, with a basket from Alaina Winer with 3:39 left in the game.

Elli Baker gave the lead back to Northfield with a short jumper, followed by three points from Eden Hoover to make it 47-43.
Northfield’s held Southwood to four points over the final two minutes, all from Haupert, before Wyatt hit a 3-pointer for the Lady Knights as time expired.

Pennington led Northfield with 14 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Hoover with 10 points and six rebounds, Baker with nine points and six rebounds, Holmes with eight points and eight rebounds, Rosen with eight points, four assists, and three rebounds, and Dale with four points.

Haupert led Southwood with 27 points and four steals, while Aleia Sweet had 13 points, four rebounds, and three assists, and Wyatt had 11 points, three assists, and two rebounds.

Winer recorded eight points and three steals, followed by Grace Drake with two points and three assists, and Quinn Claussen with two rebounds.

First round

Southern Wells stuck around for three quarters in its first-round game against Northfield, trailing the Lady Norse 39-38 going into the fourth quarter, but Northfield slammed the door in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Raiders 21-5 to advance to the second round.

The teams were tied 11-11 after one quarter before Northfield took a 26-24 halftime lead.

Southern Wells outscored Northfield 14-13 in the third quarter, but it was all Northfield the rest of the way.

Holmes had a huge game with 27 points and 12 rebounds, followed Rosen with 12 points and four steals, Pennington with 10 points and four rebounds, and Dale with six points, seven rebounds, and three assists.

Hoover added three points, and Baker had two points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Posted on 2022 Feb 09