The 1A, #3 Northfield Lady Norse traveled to Oak Hill Friday to take on the 2A, #2 Lady Golden Eagles and led with a minute and a half to go before falling 45-39.
Oak Hill would jump out to a 5-0 lead before the Norse got a three from Kelcie Thomson. Trailing 9-5 after a bucket from Ariel Dale the Lady Norse would grab the lead when Ally Keaffaber drained a three, followed by a Dale two and a three for a 13-9 lead. Northfield led 13-11 after the first quarter.
Oak Hill would get the first bucket of the second quarter to tie the score when Keaffaber hit two straight long balls for a 19-13 lead. Oak Hill would answer with 9 straight points and go up 22-19 before Dale hit a free throw to make it 22-20 at the half.
The Lady Eagles would make it 24-20 to start the third quarter when a Kyra Kennedy bucket, followed by one from Keaffaber tied the score.Thomson would make it 26-26 before two Melanie Beery free throws gave Northfield a 28-27 lead after three.
Oak Hill would score the first six points of the fourth quarter to lead 33-28 when the Norse had an answer. Dale would hit a free throw, followed by another Keaffaber three and two Kennedy buckets to put the Norse up 36-33. Addi Baker made it 38-35 with just under two minutes to play when Oak Hill hit a bucket and four free throws to grab the lead 41-38. A Dale free throw made it 41-39 before the Eagles hit four free throws the last twenty seconds for the 45-39 final.
Ally Keaffaber led with 14 points and 5 rebounds followed by Ariel Dale with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
The Northfield junior varsity led 12-3 at the half before going scoreless in the second half, falling 28-19.
Maddie Clark led with 10 points followed by Emily Pennington with 9 points.
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