It was the battle of two veteran coaches. Northfield coach Moe Smedley was looking for his 399th career win and Hall of Fame coach Bill Patrick was seeking number 690. Patrick is still seeking 690 as Northfield defeated Tippecanoe Valley 40-34 Friday to give Valley their first TRC loss.
Valley started the game off going up 5-0 before the Norse collected themselves. Ryan Keaffaber and Chad Glasscock hit to make it 5-4 and eventually went up 7-6 on a Collin Dawes bucket. After a Valley three pointer, Ryan Givens connected on two free throws and Valley led 9-8 after one.
Givens gave the Norse the lead to start the second before the Vikings went on a 6-0 run to take a 15-10 lead. Northfield would then go on a run of their own. Keaffaber started a 9-0 run with 4 points, followed by a bucket from Givens and a three from Glasscock and the Norse led 19-15. Valley would hit the final two buckets of the quarter and led the Norse 20-19 at the half.
After a Valley free throw and two from Dawes and one from Keaffaber the Norse led again 22-21. Back come Valley, hitting the next two buckets to take a 25-22 lead. Like a good boxing match the Norse counter punched. Givens converted a three point play to tie the score at 25 and then hit a rebound bucket at the buzzer to give the Norse a 27-25 lead after three.
Valley’s Jeffery Tillman would start the fourth quarter hitting back to back three pointers to put the Vikings up 31-27. Chad Glasscock answered with a three and a two, putting the Norse back up 32-31. Ryan Givens picked his 4th foul with 4:00 to go and Valley converted the three point play to go back up 34-32. Glasscock would answer again with two free throws with 1:39 remaining and we were headed to the wire tied at 34. After a blown Valley possession it was Glasscock again, hitting with 1:12 to play and Northfield clinging to a 36-34 lead. On the next Valley possession Northfield stole the ball and called time out with 42.7 left. Valley fouled. Glasscock missed two free throws and then redeemed himself with a steal and was fouled again with 17.7 left. Glasscock hit both free throws and the Norse led 38-34. Valley missed the shot and then fouled, guess who, Chad Glasscock with 12.1 remaining. Chad hit both shots which would be the final two points of the game, scoring all 13 of Northfield’s 4th quarter points. Northfield 40-34.
Northfield was led by Chad Glasscock with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Ryan Givens had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Ryan Keaffaber had 7 points and Collin Dawes added 4.