The Northfield Lady Norse played host to 2A, #5 Tipton Wednesday, defeating the Blue Devils in a thriller 50-43.
Tipton would jump out to a 2-0 lead before Ariel Dale drained a three, followed by a bucket from Kelcie Thomson to lead 5-2. The Blue Devils would answer and grab a 5-4 lead that they built to 15-11 before an Emma Hoover three made it 15-14. Tipton led 17-14 after one.
The second quarter would be the quarter of the long ball as the Norse connected on just four buckets, three coming from behind the stripe. Hoover would hit a two to make it 17-16. Down 18-16 Dale would hit a long ball that was answered by the Blue Devils for a 21-19 score. Thomson would then chime in with Dale adding her fourth of the game as the Norse led 25-21. Tipton would end the scoring in the quarter with a three. Northfield led 25-24 at the half.
As the previous two quarters the third quarter would be a dog fight. Tipton would grab a 26-25 lead before Kyra Kennedy scored on an ally opp layup to lead 27-26. Back and forth the lead swayed with Tipton leading 30-29 when Kennedy scored, followed by another Dale three to lead 34-30. Tipton would hit one more time as the Norse clung to a 34-32 lead with a quarter to go.
The Norse would get a bucket from Hoover to start the fourth quarter and led 36-35 when they got a little breathing room. Dale would connect on a two and was followed by an Addi Baker bucket and a free throw from Kennedy to increase the lead to 42-35. Tipton would start to claw their way back with the Norse never giving up the lead, aided by a big bucket from Ally Keaffaber. Up 46-43 the Blue Devils would foul Thomson with 35.8 left with Thomson draining both free throws for a 48-43 lead. The Norse defense would stop a quick shot by Tipton with the Blue Devils best player committing her fifth foul, which should have been her ninth with 20.3 remaining. Thomson again would drain both free throws to seal the 50-43 win.
Before the game Kelcie Thomson was awarded a game ball for exceeding 300 career assist.
Ariel Dale 18 points, 4 assists, 3 steals. Kelcie Thomson 8 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals. Kyra Kennedy 8 points, 1 assists, 2 rebounds. Addi Baker 7 points, 7 rebounds. Emma Hoover 7 points. Ally Keaffaber added 2 points.
The Northfield junior varsity defeated Tipton 40-31
Scoring : Rosen 4, Pennington 13, Dale 12, Leming 6, Clark 5.
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