The Southwood Lady Knights basketball team paid a visit to Northfield Friday to battle metro rival Northfield. With a decisive height advantage the Knights continually passed or drove the ball inside in route to a 44-29 victory.
Southwood coach Dallas Duggan ” Our focus was to take Sydney Eltzroth and Sidney Reed out of their game and to focus on using our height.”
The Norse took the early lead at 4-2 with buckets from Arie Kennedy and Katie Stephan before the Lady Knights went on a 10-0 run. Sarah White and Amy Bowman would score 4 points each during the run, with a bucket coming from Ana Marie Farlow to lead 12-4 with 1:08 to go. Kennedy would hit a free throw for the Norse with 3.6 left and the Knights led 12-5 after one.
Kylie Echard would start the scoring in the second quarter to make the score 12-7 before back to back buckets from Farlow and White made it 16-7. Sidney Reed would break in to the scoring column with 1:50 remaining and was followed by another Echard bucket to cut the lead to five at 16-11. Farlow would score the final two points of the quarter on two free throws and Southwood led 18-11 at the half.
The scoring would pick up in the third quarter for the Lady Norse, scoring 13 points with Eltzroth and Reed coming on, but the Lady Knights matched them point for point and led 31-24 with a quarter to go. Kaley Harness and Katie Stouffer started the scoring to extend the Knight lead to 22-11. Reed and and White would trade buckets when Sydney Eltzroth got in on the act. Eltzroth would hit a duece and one trip later nail a three, that was followed by an Echard bucket to make it 29-22. White and Reed would trade buckets again and Southwood led 31-24.
Southwood would come out to start the fourth and take control of a game that could have went either way at the time. Katie Stouffer sandwiched a free throw in between two Sarah White buckets to give the Knights their largest lead of the night at 36-24. Sydney Eltzroth hit her third bucket of the night to cut the lead to 10 when the Knights would score 6 straight and led 42-26 with a minute to go and go on for the 15 point win.
Northfield coach Courtney Cervenka ” We didn’t bring our best effort tonight. The girls know they are better than what was on the floor tonight.”
Southwood was led by Sarah White with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assist, 2 steals. Ana Marie Farlow added 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. Katie Stouffer had 7 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assist, 6 blocks. Mollie Harnish had 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assist, 2 blocks. Amy Bowman had 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals. Kaley Harness had 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks.
Sidney Reed and Sydney Eltzroth led Northfield with 7 points each. Reed had 2 rebounds, 5 assist, 3 steals. Eltzroth had 3 rebounds, 1 steal. Kylie Echard had 6 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assist, 4 blocks. Katie Stephan had 5 points, 2 rebounds. Arie Kennedy had 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals. Marlee Stefanatos had 1 rebound. Payton Thomson had 3 rebounds.
Southwood out rebounded Northfield 41-22.
Coach Duggan ” This was our best game of the year.”
The two teams meet again in the opening round of the county tourney.
The Southwood junior varsity won 25-20.
Danielle Pegg led the Knights with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks. Meranda Friend had 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist. Haley Heath had 3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals. Abby Houlihan had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assist, 4 steals, 1 block. Grace Whitham had 4 rebounds, 1 block.