It was championship day of the county tourney with bragging rights for a year up for grabs. Northfield and Wabash were playing for the girls title, while Northfield and Southwood did battle for the boys.
Before the championship games the varsity consolation games were played, with Southwood topping Manchester in girls action 43-37 and Wabash defeating Manchester in the boys 78-73.
In the girls consolation game, after trailing 4-2 the Lady Knights would go on a 10-0 run that would put them in control and led 12-6 after one. Manchester would play Southwood even in the second, with the Lady Knights leading 22-16 at the half.
The third quarter would be the deciding factor as Southwood started the quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 33-18 lead and never looked back, going on to the 43-27 win.
Sarah White led Southwood with 13 points. Amy Bowman added 8, Kaley Harness 6, Emily Murphy 6, Ana Marie Farlow 6, Katie Stouffer 4.
Leading Manchester was Kayla Flack with 12 points. Autumn Brewer had 6, Tabby DeWitt 4, Bekah Brunn 3, Sydney Snep 2.
The boys consolation game was a barn burner, with the Apaches pulling off a 78-73 win. The Apaches would score 18 points in the first quarter, led by Breyton Nealis with 9, but Squire Clayton Petrie would single handidly keep them in the game, scoring 13 points as Wabash led 18-15. The Squires would start the second quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 21-18 lead, but Wabash used a balanced scoring attack to come back and lead 31-29 at the half.
The two teams would punch and counter punch in the third, with the lead changing hands several times. Wabash had a three point lead when Neil Underwood drained a three pointer right before the buzzer and the score was knotted at 52 with a quarter to go. The track meet was on in the fourth quarter as the two teams put up 43 points. Manchester built a lead to as much as 10 points before the Wabash came storming back behind Andrew Adamson and Tyler Brewer. Nealis would hiy with 26.5 left to give Wabash a 74-73 lead and hit some free throws in the waining seconds for the win.
Breyton Nealis led four Wabash players in double figures with 23 points. Tyler Brewer had 20, Roger Davis 12, Andrew Adamson 11, Mike Jones 5, Jordan Blair 3.
Neil Underwood led Manchester with 26 points. Clayton Petrie had 19, Claudell Dickantone 18, Lucas Schilling 8, Chase Fierstos 2.
In the girls championship game, Northfield was taking on six time defending champion Wabash. The Lady Norse showed no fear as they raced out to a quick 6-0 lead. Charlie Pardo would cut the lead in half with a three, but Sydney Eltzroth answered with her own three and the Norse led 10-3. The Lady Apaches kept their cool as Kyleigh Hampton and Claire Cromer hit back to back three’s, followed by a Lyndsie Thomas bucket to grab a 11-10 lead. Wabash led 13-11 after one.
Sydney Eltzroth got the second quarter started with a three to give Northfield the lead back at 14-13. Wabash would then go on an 8-1 run that was a aided by two Hampton three’s to take a 21-15 lead, forcing Northfield to take a time out. The Apaches kept the lead at six, leading 25-19. Eltzroth would hit a free throw and the quarter ended with Kylie Echard hitting to make the half time score 25-22.
The third quarter was all Northfield. The Lady Norse started the quarter with siz straight points on buckets from Echard, Sidney Reed and Eltzroth off a steal to lead 28-25. After a Hampton three tied the score, the Norse would finish the quarter on a 7-0 run to lead 35-28 with a quarter to go.
To start the fourth it was another Hampton three that was followed by two Katelyn Vogel free throws and Wabash had cut the lead to 35-33. The Lady Norse would not fold. Arie Kennedy drove for two and was followed by Katie Stephan doing the same and then hitting two free throws and the Norse had Wabash on the ropes, leading 41-33 with 2:23 to play. After a free throw each from Kennedy and Reed, Northfield led 43-35 with 35.0 remaining when Hampton hit her sixth three of the game to cut the lead to 43-38. Kennedy would hit a free throws in the remaining seconds as the Norse pulled off the 44-38 win.
Leading Northfield was Sydney Eltzroth with 17 points. Sidney Reed added 10, Katie Stephan 7, Kylie Echard 6, Arie Kennedy 4.
Kyleigh Hampton led Wabash with 18 points. Lyndsie Thomas had 8, Katelyn Vogel 4, Claire Cromer 3, Charlie Pardo 3, Sarah Puckett 2.
In the boys championship it would be the battle of metro as Northfield tried to defend their crown against Southwood.
Nathan Hollars took the tip straight to the bucket to give the Knights a 2-0 lead just seconds in to the game and was answered by an Adam Roser three to give Northfield a 3-2 lead. Shane Smith and Corey Phillipy connected right before Carter Frieden and it was gane on with the Knights leading 6-5. Jackson Blair would hit two free throws to put the Knights up three, which is where the margin ended at the quarter, with Southwood leading 10-7.
Ross Phillipy would start the scoring in the second with a bucket, that was quickly answered by another Roser three to keep the Knight lead at two, 12-10. Robbie Cole would then catch fire, hitting for 3 of his 11 points in the quarter. Cole would connect three times from behind the arch and the Knights led 25-17 at the half.
The Knights would open the gap to start the third, going on a 7-0 run. Ross Phillipy got it started, with a three point play coming from Smith and a bucket from Jackson Blair. The Knights led 32-17. Ryan Keaffaber would hit two straight buckets for Northfield that was answered by two buckets from Smith. After Keaffaber bounced the ball off the back of Smith on an out of bounds play to score and make it 36-23, Southwood would finish the quarter out scoring Northfield 6-2 and had a commanding 42-25 lead with a quarter to go.
With Southwood totally dominating, the Knights built the lead to 61-37 before Northfield scored 10 straight points in the last couple minutes for the 62-47 final.
Leading Southwood was Shane Smith with 20 points. Jackson Blair added 13, Robbie Cole 12, Corey Phillipy 7, Ross Phillipy 6, Nathan Hollars 2, Levi Sutton 2.
Collin Dawes led Northfield with 16 points. Ryan Keaffaber had 15, Adam Roser 6, Marcus Kroh 4, Carter Frieden 2.