Lady Norse/Knights Advance In Sectional Action

Night two of the Manchester girls basketball sectional Wednesday would be a pair of rematches just as night one was, as the Northfield Lady Norse took on the Manchester Lady Squires, followed by the Southwood Lady Knights taking on the Lady Warriors of North Miami.

On December 6th Northfield got past Manchester 38-19 then defeated them again at the county tourney 47-23, while Southwood defeated North Miami 60-42 on January 31st.

The night was two low scoring affairs as the Lady Norse got by Manchester 34-25, followed by Southwood defeating North Miami 47-36.

In game one the Lady Norse took control right from the tip, jumping out to a 6-0 lead off buckets from Cherish Leming, Arie Kennedy and Payton Thomson. Celina Carter would stop the run to make it 6-2 when Leming hit again and with a Jacklyn Peas free throw it was 9-2. Again it would be Carter hitting for the Squires to make it 9-4 until Leming answered with two free throws and a bucket. Cierra Carter would hit before the buzzer as Northfield led 13-6.

Just 13 total points were scored in the second quarter with Northfield extending their lead by one, winning the quarter 7-6. Payton Thomson drained a three with Arie Kennedy and Sarah Driscoll scoring. Northfield led 20-12 at the half.

Bailey Sewell would get the first bucket of the third quarter, but the Norse answered with 6 straight to grab a 26-14 lead. Drew Thompson would stop the Northfield run with a three that made it 26-17. Arie Kennedy and Bailey Sewell would trade buckets to end the quarter as Northfield led 28-19.

Manchester cut the Northfield lead to 29-21 to start the third quarter off a Bailey Sewell bucket when the scoring slowed. With 3:00 left to play Abby Keaffaber hit two free throws to make it 31-21 when Bethany Collett hit. Cherish Leming would hit followed by a Payton Thomson free throw as the Norse went on for the 34-25 win.

Leading Northfield was Cherish Leming with 12 points. Arie Kennedy added 9, Payton Thomson 8, Abby Keaffaber 2, Sarah Driscoll 2.

Leading Manchester was Bailey Sewell with 8 points. Celina Carter added 6, Cierra Carter 4, Drew Thompson 3, Brooklyn Howard 2, Bethany Collett 2.

Game two started much the same as game one. The lady Knights trailed 2-1 when Katie Stouffer hit two free throws that started an 8-0 run to give Southwood a 9-2 lead. During the run Haley Heath hit two free throws with Stouffer hitting again followed by a Brooke Elliott free throw. North Miami chipped away and got the Knight lead to 11-7 when Stouffer scored. At 15-10 Kassidy Atwood hit two free throws to make the score 17-10 after one.

Southwood would increase their lead to start the second quarter when Stouffer hit a free throw followed by a Brooke Elliott bucket to make it 20-10, but the Lady Knights just couldn’t shake North Miami as the Warriors widdled the lead back to 22-16. Haley Heath would then hit back to back three pointers to get the lead back to double digits at 28-16, but two Warrior buckets ended the quarter as Southwood led 28-21 at the half.

The third quarter would have just 12 total points scored as both teams had problems finding the bucket. Kassidy Atwood put the Knights up 30-21 and after a Warrior bucket and buckets from Elliott and Atwood Southwood led 34-23, but back came North Miami scoring the last 4 points of the quarter as Southwood led 34-27 with a quarter to go.

Haley Heath would hit the first three buckets of the fourth for the Knights as they lead grew back to 40-28 as the Knights held the 11 point lead until a late Warrior bucket made it 45-36. Two Haley Heath free throws ended the scoring as the Lady Knights won 47-36 to move on to the next round.

Leading Southwood was Haley Heath with 17 points. Brooke Elliott added 12, Katie Stouffer 8, Kassidy Atwood 2.

Emily Grant led North Miami with 13 points. Megan Lefebvre added 6, Alex Grant 6, Alicia Tooley 5, Sammy Tims 3, Marias Davis 2, Ashley Lefebvre 1.

Friday night will pit Wabash taking on Lewis Cass at 6:00, followed by Northfield and Southwood doing battle. The two winners will meet Saturday night at 7:30 for the sectional championship.


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