MIDDLEBURY — There was a girls basketball game Tuesday night at Northridge High School, but according to Raider coach Doug Springer that wasn’t the most important thing going on.
“It was “Shoot For The Cure” night as the Northridge and Westview teams combined to raise money for the IU Health-Goshen Center for Cancer Care. Pink T-shirts commemorating the event were sold for $10, which also got you a free pair of sunglasses and entry into the game.
“Our program has been touched by cancer. Sophomore Ellie Lengacher’s dad Rick is battling cancer,” Springer said. “This was a chance for us to give back to the community. That is more important than what was going on on the court.
“Before the game they told me we had raised over $5,800 and I’m sure we will go over $6,000. Our Athletic Director Dave Harms donated all the ticket sales to the cause. All of the money we raised will go to the Patient Assistance Fund.”
The Patient Assistance Fund is used to help local patients and families offset costs associated with treatments and medicines.
Rick Lengacher and Crystal Yoder, teacher in the Northridge system who is battling breast cancer, were honorary coaches for Northridge.
As far as the game was concerned, Northridge cruised to a 54-36 victory.
The Raiders got off to a good start. After Westview won the opening tip and failed to score Northridge senior Brianne O’Dell scored on a layup and then proceeded to steal the inbounds pass and score on a second layin seconds later. At the 6:55 mark of the first period the Raiders were up 4-0. They went on to lead 19-7 after one quarter.
“Just before the game started assistant coach Brent Miller told me we needed to get off to a good start,” Springer said. “And that is just what we did. O’Dell is our motor. But some of the credit has to go to (senior) Morgan Miller. She was the one that tipped the ball to O’Dell on the inbounds play.”