The Northfield girls basketball team had the task of taking on 1A, #1 Ft Wayne Canterbury Tuesday. The Lady Norse got off to a shaky start before hanging with the defending state champions, falling to the Cavaliers 68-52.
The Lady Norse scored the first point of the game on a Sidney Reed free throw and trailed just 11-7 when Canterbury made their first move. The Cavaliers would go on an 8-0 run to take a 19-9 lead before Kylie Echard stopped the run with a bucket. Reed would hit two free throws before the quarter ended to make it 22-11 after one. Sidney Reed had 7 points in the quarter.
Not being intimidated, Northfield went to work in the second. Arie Kennedy got things going with a bucket off a steal before Canterbury connected twice to make it 26-13. Senior Sydney Eltzroth would then take the reins, scoring three of Northfield’s final four buckets, two of which were three pointers. Katie Stephan would drain a three to end the half as the Norse out scored Canterbury 14-13 in the quarter and trailed 35-25 at the half.
The Lady Norse would continue to compete and hang with Canterbury in the third. Buckets early from Eltzroth, Kennedy and Echard kept the Norse in striking distance at 43-31. The Norse could get no closer than 12, as every time they scored, Canterbury answered to out score Northfield just 15-14 in the third to lead 50-39 after three.
Northfield would battle Canterbury to the end, with Eltzroth hitting her third three pointer of the game and getting buckets from Reed, Stephan and Echard before falling 68-52.
Leading Norhfield was Sydney Eltzroth with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. Sidney Reed had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 steal, 1 block. Kylie Echard had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assist, 2 steals, 1 block. Katie Stephan had 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal. Arie Kennedy had 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal.
Quotes from Coach Cervenka, “I was proud of the each one of the girls tonight. We battled with a very good team for the majority of the game. Fort Wayne Canterbury shot the ball extremely well. We dug ourselves a hole early, but
continued to fight. Even though it was a loss, we showed growth as a team and individuals tonight. We can take a lot of positives from this game and build on them.”
“We honored two very wonderful Seniors tonight. Sydney (Eltzroth) and Hannah(Cole) have contributed greatly to our program and team in their four years.”