Back on December 29th the Southwood boys basketball team beat Northfield 62-47 to win the Wabash County tourney. Friday night Northfield evened the score with a 52-45 win over Southwood in their annual regular season game.
Northfield had won two in a row and wanted to end their regular season on a winning note headed for the sectional. The Knights were playing their third game in a week.
Northfield got off to a good start with buckets from Collin Dawes and Ryan Keaffaber to take a 4-0 lead, holding the Knights scoreless for the first four minutes. The Knights finally broke the ice, scoring seven straight points. Jackson Blair got them started with Robbie Cole draining a three and Shane Smith converting to lead 7-4. After a Keaffaber bucket Corey Phillipy would hit, followed by Blair and the Knights were rolling 11-6. Keaffaber would hit one more time before the buzzer and the Knights led 11-8 after one.
The Norse defense would clamp down in the second and the offense would explode. Jon Richardson would score the first five points after converting a three point play. Keaffaber and Dawes would then hit back to back three pointers and the Norse had scored the first 10 points of the quarter to lead 18-11. After a Southwood timeout Noah Shear added two more for the Norse before Corey Phillipy stopped the bleeding with a bucket and Northfield led 20-13 with 4:00 to play. Northfield would then go on an 8-0 run to widen the gap to 28-13. Tanner Wilcox hit twice with Richardson and Keaffaber notching buckets. Levi Sutton would score the final bucket of the quarter, as Northfield led 28-15 at the half.
With it being a rival game the Knights were not going to roll over. Southwood came out of the half, scoring the first three buckets with Cole hitting twice and Shane Smith once to cut the lead to 28-21. After a Collin Dawes bucket, Jon Richardson would score on a full court pass from Keaffaber to increase the lead back to 32-21 and after back to back buckets from Dawes the Norse were rolling 37-21. Southwood would then hit three straight buckets to get it back to 10, with Northfield scoring two of the next three for a 41-29 lead heading to the fourth.
Everyone knew the Knights would make another run at some point and the start of the fourth was when it happened. Robbie Cole drained a three and was followed with buckets from Corey Phillipy and Blair to cut the lead to five points at 41-36. The Norse would respond as Richardson hit and was followed by a bucket from Wilcox that also involved a technical foul and after a free throw the Norse led 46-36 with 2:57 remaining. The Knights were not done though, chipping away at the lead again and had it cut to 48-42 with 1:46 left when the Norse scored the back breaker. Ryan Keaffaber again threw a full court fast ball to hit Adam Roser for a layup to give Northfield a 50-42 lead. After a Corey Phillipy three cut it to 50-45, the Knights fouled Collin Dawes, who sank two free throws with 23.6 left for the final 52-45 score.
Leading Northfield was Collin Dawes with 17 points. Jon Richardson added 12, Ryan Keaffaber 11, Tanner Wilcox 8, Adam Roser 2, Noah Shear 2.
For Southwood Shane smith had 12 points, Corey Phillipy 11, Jackson Blair 10, Robbie Cole 10, Levi Sutton 2.
Norhfield won the junior varsity game 33-31.
Leading Northfield was Hunter Louden with 9 points. Jarred Short added 8, Shane Vigar 7, Nick Ridenour 6, Austin Burns 3.
For Southwood Jacob Lloyd led with 13 points. Noah Kirk added 7, Luke Elliott 5, Logan Paris 3, Zach Hobson 3.