Throw out the records. Throw out the winning streaks. Throw out the losing streaks. It was Northfield vs Southwood which meant it was going to be a game no matter past meetings or who was doing what this year.
After a slow start by both teams, the action picked up with emotions being tested as Northfield used a big fourth quarter to defeat Southwood 46-37.
The first quarter was a feeling out precess and there was more feeling than scoring going on. Corey Phillipy got the Knights on the board first while Northfield committed five turn overs the first four minutes. The Norse finally got on the board off a Collin Dawes steal and a Ryan Keaffaber bucket to knot the score at 2. Ross Phillipy would score the second Knight bucket, which would be the last points of the quarter and after one it was the Phillipy brothers 4, Northfield 2.
Ryan Givens would start the scoring in the second quarter with two free throws to tie the score at 4. Ryan Keaffaber would then go on a 5-0 run himself to boost the Norse to a 9-4 lead. Connor Hobbs stopped the run with a free throw. Keaffaber would then hit a three that was answered with a three from the volleyball line by Hobbs to make it 12-8. Collin Dawes would then get in on the action from behind the arch to stretch the Norse lead to 15-8 and Hobbs answered with a deuce. With three’s flying like layups, Keaffaber would hit his second of the quarter that was answered by Hobbs second and when the dust settled the Norse led 18-13 at the half.
Being anyone’s game, the Knights seemed to come out in the third more fired up. Hobbs hit back to back buckets to get the quarter started and draw the Knights to within 18-17. After two Keaffaber free throws, Ross Phillipy hit to start an 8-0 run by Southwood that had two Jackson Blair buckets and one from Levi Winget and Southwood led 25-20. Chad Glasscock would hit a three with 1:07 left to make it 25-23 when Ross Phillipy hit again. Ryan Givens would hit at the buzzer and Southwood led 27-25 with a quarter to go.
Levi Winget opened the scoring in the fourth before the Norse would go on a run. Keaffaber hit, followewd by Givens and a Dawes three to make it 33-29 Northfield. After a Southwood time out, Glasscock created a steal for a bucket and was followed by a Dustin Echard bucket and just like that Northfield was up 37-29. The Knights, refusing to give in fought back. Levi Winget converted a three point play that was backed up by a Jackson Blair bucket and it was 37-34. Echard would put the Norse back up with two free throws and after a Corey Phillipy free throw Eachard hit two more and Northfield led 41-35 with 1:25 to go. The Knights were forced to play the fouling game, fouling Collin Dawes who hit both free throws. For the next 25 seconds no one scored and the Knights fouled Keaffaber with under a minute to go. Keaffaber hit both and the Norse led 45-35. Free throws was the name of the game the remaining 40 seconds as the Norse pulled off the 46-37 win and extended their winning streak to 15.
Ryan Keaffaber led the Norse with 20 points and 4 rebounds. Collin Dawes added 9 points. Dustin Echard chipped in 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Ryan Givens led in rebounding with 10 and had 6 points. Chad Glasscock had 6 points.
Connor Hobbs led Southwood with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Jackson Blair had 8 points and 4 steals. Levi Winget had 7 points, 4 assist and 4 steals. Ross Phillipy had 6 points. Corey Phillipy had 3 points and 6 rebounds.