Lady Apaches/Norse To Meet In Sectional Final

It was night three of the Manchester girls basketball sectional as the field had been dwindled down to the final four. Again it would be a night of rematches as Wabash took on Lewis Cass in game one with Northfield and Southwood colliding for a second time in game two.

The Lady Apaches had defeated Cass on January 21st 50-38, while Northfield got past Southwood 53-39 on December 12th.

Just as in the first game with Cass the Lady Apaches couldn’t shake the Lady Kings in the first half. With Cass shadowing every move Claire Cromer made the rest of the Apache team would pick up the slack. Sarah Pucket gave Wabash a 2-0 lead with Shelby Stone draining a three and a deuce for a 7-4 lead. At 7-6 Kristin Cromer connected but the Kings would tie the score at 10.The last two points of the quarter came on two Claire Cromer free throws as Wabash led 12-10.

Cass would tie the game once more to start the second quarter before Kristin Cromer, Sydni Mullett and Claire Cromer hit three in a row for an 18-12 lead, forcing a Cass time out. Shelby Stone would then hit her second three of the game to stretch the Wabash lead to 21-12 before a Cass three. Madison Barden would hit two free throws to end the half with Wabash leading 23-15.

The Lady Apaches would come out in the third and double up on Cass in the third 12-6. Two Sarah Puckett buckets built the lead to 27-15 and the Apaches led 31-19 with 4:48 left. Wabash would score the next four points on two Claire Cromer free throws plus a bucket for a 35-19 and led after three 35-21.

Cass would cut the Wabash lead to 37-25 early in the fourth when Stone hit from long range again. At 40-27 Claire Cromer would score 7 straight points that included a three to open a 47-27 lead as the Lady Apaches went on for the 51-32 win.

Leading Wabash was Claire Cromer with 17 points. Shelby Stone added 13, Kristin Cromer 6, Sydni Mullett 6, Sarah Puckett 6, Madison Barden 2, Jaycee Parrett 1.

The second game of the night got off to a shocking start when Northfield shut out Southwood in the first quarter. The game started with a Cherish Leming bucket that was followed by two Jackyln Peas buckets. Leming would hit again to make it 8-0 with the final three points coming on an Abby Keaffaber three at the buzzer for an 11-0 score after one.

Peas would hit to start the second quarter for a 13-0 lead when the Knight offense started to come around. Katie Stouffer would connect followed by a Brooke Elliott three and two Kassidy Atwood free throws to close the gap to 13-7. Northfield would respond with a Peas free throw and a Leming bucket to make it 16-7 when Brooke Elliott hit back to back three pointers to make it 16-13. The Norse would respond with a Leming bucket, plus Keaffaber’s second three to lead 21-13 at the half.

Southwood would out score Northfield 4-3 early in the third on four Elliott points to make it 24-17 when the Norse offense went off. Northfield would end the quarter with a 14-0 run to open a 38-17 lead on 10 made free throws and were in command with one quarter to go.

The Knights would score the first 4 points of the fourth on a Taylor Heath bucket and two Elliott free throws before another Norse run sealed the deal. Cherish Leming would start a 9-0 run with a bucket that included a Peas bucket plus a two and a three from Payton Thomson to make the score 47-21. Abby Houlihan would stop the run with a bucket followed by two Elliott free throws before a Sarah Driscoll free throw. Driscoll would trade two more free throws with two Ashley Parson free throws and a three for the 50-30 final.

Leading Northfield was Jacklyn Peas with 16 points. Cherish Leming added 10, Payton Thomson 9, Arie Kennedy 6, Abby Keaffaber 6, Sarah Driscoll 3.

Brooke Elliott led Southwood with 15 points. Ashley Parson added 5, Kassidy Atwood 4, Taylor Heath 2, Abby Houlihan 2, Katie Stouffer 2.

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