It was semi-final night at the Northfield girls basketball sectional Friday with playing in the championship at stake. In game one the Southwood Lady Knights gave 5th ranked Oak Hill all they wanted for three plus quarters before falling 54-36. Game two would pit Wabash and Northfield locking horns with the Lady Apaches leading at all four stops for a 51-40 win.
In game one Southwood grabbed an early 3-0 lead on a Brooke Elliott three and led 5-2 after Elliott hit again. Tied at 7 Elliott would hit again, followed by a three from Ashley Parson to grab a 12-7 lead before an Oak Hill three before the buzzer made it 12-10 after one.
Oak Hill would get the first bucket of the second quarter to tie the score before Kassidy Atwood gave Southwood a 14-12 lead. Oak Hill would then respond with a 7-0 run to go up 19-14 before Makenna Dawes and Elliott hit to make it 19-17. Again Oak Hill would score the final bucket of the quarter and led 21-17 at the half.
The taller Eagles would start to look inside to start the third quarter and quickly scored 6 straight for a 27-17 lead before Atwood stopped the run. Oak Hill would lead 32-22 when the Knights made a run to end the quarter. Taylor Heath would start the run with a free throw, followed by two Elliott free throws and a Parson bucket to make it 32-27 with a quarter to go.
Oak Hill would make another run to start the fourth quarter, going on an 8-0 run to open a 40-27 lead before Heath hit two free throws, followed by two Elliott free throws to close the deficit to 40-31. With Oak Hill leading 42-33 the Golden Eagles would score 6 straight to take a 48-33 lead before Elliott stopped the run with a free throw. With that free throw Elliott tied the school career scoring record and had just a couple minutes to try and break it, doing so with 1:17 left with a free throw to become the all time leading scorer in Southwood girls history with 1250 points. Hannah Lengel held the record with 1249 points. Oak Hill would go to win the game 54-36.
Leading Southwood was Brooke Elliott with 15 points. Kassidy Atwood added 6, Makenna Dawes 5, Taylor Heath 5, Ashley Parson 5
In game two Northfield would take a 2-0 lead on a Kelcie Thomson bucket before Jaycee Parrett tied the score. Ariel Dale would then hit with Bailey Yoakum answering with two free throws, followed by a Parrett bucket to give Wabash a 6-4 lead. The Norse would then get two free throws form Dale to tie the score before Wabash ended the quarter with a 7-0 run. Yoakum started the run with two free throws, followed by a bucket and a three from Parrett to give Wabash a 13-6 lead after one.
The second quarter would have a total of two buckets and two free throws. Dale and Thomson would hit the free throws for Northfield while Yoakum and Carmen Higdon each hit a three for Wabash as the Apaches led 19-8 at the half.
Dale would hit to start the third quarter to make it 19-10 before two Parrett free throws. Jacklyn Peas would then hit, followed by a tech on the Wabash bench with Dale hitting two free throws to make it 21-14. Parrett would answer with two free throws before Dale hit a three and a free throw to shrink the Wabash lead to 23-18. Yoakum stopped the run with a bucket, followed by a Parrett free throw before Peas scored off an offensive rebound. The last bucket would come from Parrett as Wabash led 28-20 with a quarter to go.
Two Parrett free throws made it 30-20 to start the fourth quarter, followed by a Dale bucket. Yoakum and Peas would then trade buckets to make it 32-23 when Wabash created a gap. Yoakum would hit, followed by a rebound bucket from Higdon and two Parrett free throws to make it 38-23. The Norse would start to foul with Wabash hitting 17 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the 51-40 win.
Leading Wabash was Jaycee Parrett with 28 points. Bailey Yoakum added 16, Carmen Higdon 5, Abby Vinopal 1, Tabitha Wagner 1.
Leading Northfield was Ariel Dale with 24 points. Jacklyn Peas added 7, Kelcie Thomson 5, Ally Keaffaber 2, Melanie Beery 2.