Hot Start Lifts Lady Norse Over Mississinewa

The Northfield Lady Norse got off to what could be their best start of the season Thursday, scoring 18 points in the first quarter to pick up a 47-38 road win at Mississinewa.

Payton Thomson would get the Norse rolling scoring the first three buckets of the game to give Northfield a 6-0 lead. The Indians cut the lead to 6-4 before and Arie Kennedy bucket a 9-0 run to open a 15-4 lead. Thomson hit a three during the run with Jacklyn Peas getting two buckets with one being an old fashion three. After a Mississinewa three, Abby Keaffaber answered with her own three right before the buzzer as the Norse led 18-7 after one.

Abby Keaffaber would hit to start the scoring in the second, but as hot as the offense was in the first it was just the opposite in the second as the Keaffaber bucket was the only one in the quarter. Cherish Leming hit two free throws for the other two points and once more the Norse defense held the Indians to 7 points to lead 22-14 at the half.

Arie Kennedy got the first bucket of the third quarter, but two Indian buckets cut the Norse lead to 24-18 when the Norse offense got going again. Jacklyn Peas hit and was followed by a Payton Thomson three to make it 29-18 and was followed by two Arie Kennedy free throws for a 31-18 lead. Mississinewa would hit twice again to make it 31-23, but a three from Payton Thomson and a bucket from Cherish Leming with .02 left gave Northfield a 36-23 lead after three.

In the fourth Payton Thomson sandwiched her fourth three pointer between two Indian buckets, then a Jacklyn Peas bucket made it 41-28. The Indians cut the lead to 10 at 44-34, but clutch free throw shooting from Keaffaber and Thomson sealed the 47-38 win.

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