The Southwood boys basketball team was one win away from a piece of the TRC title and needed a win over county rival Northfield to get that share Friday. Jumping out to a quick 7-0 start the Knights defended home court by defeating Northfield 64-46 to share the TRC title with Tippecanoe Valley and Manchester.
The quick start was just that as Carson Blair took the Alex Harmon tip off and drained a three just four seconds into the game. Robbie Cole and Brandin Frazier then hit back to back buckets for the 7-0 lead. Tanner Wilcox stopped the run with a bucket with Alex Harmon answering. Jared Short made it 9-3 with a bucket when Noah Kirk hit from long range for a 12-3 Knight lead. The Norse would respond with buckets from Heath Miller and Noah Shear to cut the lead to 12-7 when Mathew Norse drained a three to give the Knights a 15-7 lead. Austin Burns finished the scoring in the quarter as Southwood led 15-9 after one.
Northfield got a three from Noah Shear to start the second quarter and close the gap to 15-12 when Robbie Cole nailed a three followed by a Mathew Norse three to give Southwood a 21-12 lead, but the Norse would respond. Down 24-14 after Cole’s second three Austin Burns hit followed by Tanner Wilcox and Jake Schuler to get the deficit back to 24-20. Cole and Kirk would each get a bucket for the Knights to go back up 28-20 when Austin Trump scored twice to make it 28-24. The Knights would end the half on a 6-0 run off buckets from Carson Blair, Alex Harmon and Noah Kirk to lead 34-24 at the half.
The two teams would trade buckets to start the third quarter and with a 42-33 lead the Knights opened a gap. Robbie Cole drained his third three pointer of the game followed by Noah Kirk and Cole hitting a deuce to open a 49-33 lead. Tanner Wilcox ended the scoring in the quarter as the Knights were one quarter away from a TRC title by leading 49-36.
Jake Schuler would get the first bucket of the fourth quarter before Cole and Brandin Frazier hit to make it 53-38. The Norse looked like they were going to make a run at the Knights when Adam Roser hit followed by buckets from Jared Short and Heath Miller to make it 53-44 when the Knights responded with 7 straight points. Brandin Frazier started the run with a bucket with Carson Blair hitting four free throws and Noah Kirk hitting a free throw to lead 60-44. After a Heath Miller bucket Robbie Cole and Alex Harmon ended the scoring as the Knights prevailed 64-46.
Leading Southwood was Robbie Cole with 19 points. Noah Kirk, Alex Harmon and Brandin Frazier added 10 points each. Carson Blair had 9, Mathew Nose 6.
Leading Northfield was Heath Miller with 12 points. Tanner Wilcox added 8 points. Adam Roser and Noah Shear added 5 points each. Jared Short had 4, Austin Burns 4, Jake Schuler 4, Austin Trump 4.
Southwood won the junior varsity game 46-38.
Leading the Knights was Ethen Roberts with 9 points. Paul Farlow and Blake Martz added 8 points each. Jeffery Finicle had 7, Peyton Trexler 6, Andrew Finicle 4, Christian Deeter 4.
Leading Northfield was Cody Holmes with 9 points. Austin Trump and Ryan Driscoll added 7 points each. Joe Halderman had 6, Kyle Reed 5, Matt Coe 2, Jacob Watkins 2.