The Northfield boys basketball team went on the road to Huntington Saturday, nearly pulling off the upset as they fell to the Vikings 57-54.
For two and a half quarters the Norse controlled the tempo and led at the half and third quarter stops before Huntington pulled out the narrow win.
The Norse led 4-2 when the Vikings went on an 8-0 run to grab a 10-4 lead. Sam Daughtery had 4 of the 8 points for the Vikings. Needing a score to not let things get out of hand Tanner Wilcox would get just that than hit four straight free throws to knot the game at 10. Two Viking buckets that included a Luke Stroud three put Huntington back up 15-10 before a Noah Shear three. As time expired Tanner Wilcox was fouled, converting both free throws and the game was tied at 15 after one.
The Norse would score the first 4 points of the second quarter as Jarred Short hit followed by two Wilcox free throws for a 19-15 lead. Two Ethan Shafer free throws made it 19-18 when the Norse would score 5 straight. Adam Roser converted the rare four point play when he was fouled on a made three, making the free throw and after an Austin Burns free throw the Norse led 24-18. The Vikings would then ride the back of Hunter Hollowell who hit three times to cut the Northfield lead to 26-24, but the Norse responded by scoring the last 6 points on field goals from Wilcox and Burns, plus two Shear free throws to lead 32-24 at the half.
Northfield would build on their lead coming out of the locker room, scoring on a Wilcox free throw and a Shear three to grab a 36-24 lead before the Vikings responded. Cody Adams would hit back to back buckets, followed by Konner Platt and as Huntington cut the Northfield lead to 36-32. The Norse answered with free throws as Wilcox and Burns hit two each to get the lead to 10 at 42-32. Huntington cut the Norse lead to 42-37 with Hollowell scoring again when Noah Shear drained a three to make it 45-37. The Vikings would score the last 4 points of the quarter off buckets from Adams and Granville Schultz to make it 45-41 with a quarter to go.
The Vikings would start the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to grab their first lead since the first quarter off buckets from Stroud, Adams and Platt to lead 47-45, but the Norse answered. Tanner Wilcox and Noah Shear would hit two free throws each as the Norse grabbed the lead back at 49-47. Back came the Vikings getting a free throw and a three from Hollowell to lead 51-49 when Jarred Short tied the game with two free throws. Konner Platt would give the Vikings the lead back with a bucket and they built their lead to 55-52 on two Hollowell free throws with 1:38 remaining. At the 1:07 mark Noah Shear would hit two free throws to make it 55-54 with the Norse fouling with 25.4 left. Huntington missed the front of a one and one and the Norse worked the ball until a time out with 14.1 remaining. Out of the time out the Norse attempt to take the lead missed, forcing a foul with 3.7 left. Hunter Hollowell converted both free throws for a 57-54 lead as the Norse raced down the court with the tying three falling short for the 57-54 final.
Noah Shear- 15 points, 2 assists
Tanner Wilcox- 19 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds
Adam Roser- 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Heath Miller- 2 points, 2 rebounds
Jarred Short- 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals
Austin Burns- 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
Jake Schuler- 1 assist
Austin Trump- 1 assist
Huntington won the junior varsity game 71-41.
Cody Holmes- 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks
Austin Trump- 4 points, 4 rebounds
Matt Coe- 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks
Ryan Driscoll- 22 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Jacob Watkins- 2 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds
Kyle Reed- 4 rebounds, 1 steal
John Schuler- 3 points
Joe Halderman- 1 assist, 1 rebound
Caleb Kroh- 4 points, 3 steals, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Jared Vigar- 1 rebound