The Northfield girls basketball team went on the road Friday to take on Oak Hill in their season opener, leading at the half before falling 47-45 on a shot with 2.5 seconds remaining.
Oak Hill would hit the first shot of the game which was a three pointer before buckets from Arie Kennedy and Cherish Leming gave Northfield a 4-3 lead. Abby Keaffaber then drained a three as the Norse were up 7-3 when Oak Hill scored 4 straight to tie the game at 7. Kennedy would hit again with the Eagles matching the bucket before Leming connected to give Northfield an 11-9 lead after one.
Silent in the first quarter, Payton Thomson would drain a three to start the second and was followed by and offensive rebound bucket from Jacklyn Peas to open a 16-11 lead before Oak Hill responded. The Lady Eagles would score 5 straight to grab a 17-16 lead, but Thomson found the range from behind the arch again and was followed with a bucket from Cherish Leming to open a 21-17 lead. Oak Hill would score right before the buzzer as the Norse led 21-19 at the half.
Oak Hill would tie the game at 21 to start the third quarter when Thomson hit two free throws to give Northfield the lead again. After a Cherish Leming bucket made it 26-23 Oak Hill would answer with 8 straight to take the lead back at 31-26. Cherish Leming would then score on an offensive rebound bucket, then score again as the Norse trailed 31-30 with a quarter to go.
Payton Thomson would hit two free throws to start the fourth quarter, then score again to give Northfield a 34-31 lead, but back came Oak Hill to score 4 straight to lead 35-34. Jacklyn Peas would match buckets with the Eagles before a Thomson three made it 39-37, but Oak Hill answered with a three and led 40-39. Arie Kennedy would then hit a jumper to put the Norse back up 41-40, but the Eagles answered with two buckets and led 45-41 with 1:40 to go. After a turn over from each team Thomson connected with .36 left to close the gap to 45-43. The Norse defense would hold and while moving the ball up the court were called for a questionable 10 second call, giving Oak Hill the ball back. Pressure defense by the Norse on the inbounds pass created a 5 second call as Northfield still had a shot. With 12.5 seconds remaining Payton Thomson was fouled on a three point shot, hitting two of the three free throws to knot the score at 45. Oak Hill would bring the ball across the line and call time out with 7.7 left to set up a play and scored with 2.5 seconds left to pull off the 47-45 thriller.
Payton Thomson led Northfield with 20 points. Cherish Leming added 12, Arie Kennedy 6, Jacklyn Peas 4, Abby Keaffaber 3.
The junior varsity fell to Oak Hill 26-20.
Indi Shear led Northfield with 6 points. Maddie Snyder and Ashlie Koch added 4 each, Kandra Stout, Olivia Taylor and Maddy Dale had 2 points each.