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December 29, 2012

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Mixed results

Goshen prevails, Northridge falls on opening night

GOSHEN — Alex Hartsough taking a charge helped the Goshen Redskins assume command Friday night.

Hartsough’s timely defensive gem triggered a 7-0 Goshen finish as the Redskins trimmed the South Bend St. Joseph’s Indians, 58-53, in the second game of an NLC-NIC Shootout at GHS.

“That was a huge key to us winning the game,” said Redskin coach Brian Bechtel. “It created big momentum for us. Alex (6-2 junior) played big minutes down the stretch.”

The Northridge Raiders lost to the Penn Kingsmen, 61-43, in the opener at Goshen.

Tonight’s action shifts to St. Joseph’s with Goshen meeting Penn at 6, followed by the Indians and Northridge at about 7:45.

After a strong start, the Redskins trailed the Indians most of the night. Goshen struggled defensively until shutting out St. Joe over the last 4:07.

Freshman Brady Bechtel stole the ball and fed Hartsough for a layup to tie the score at 53-53 with 2:28 to play. Senior Sam Stegelmann tallied the go-ahead bucket on a rebound with 1:07 to play.

After an exchange of turnovers, Bechtel rebounded a missed St. Joe 3-point try and was fouled. He hit both free throws for a 57-53 lead with 18 seconds on the clock.

Hartsough deflected a St. Joe pass with Redskin senior Austin Henke gaining possession. Henke was fouled and hit the game’s final point with 11 seconds to play.

“I wasn’t happy with our defense much of the game,” said Coach Bechtel. “We just weren’t talking and allowed them to get too many easy scores right at the basket.

“We showed some resolve and didn’t panic. Winning games comes down to making stops. We finally got some and finished it off with that 7-0 run.

“Early in the game we were efficient on offense by mixing some inside scoring with our 3-pointers and also hitting our free throws. We are still missing out on some transition opportunities.”

Stegelmann scored 17 points for the Redskins who improved to 6-1. Bechtel added 16 tallies and Good 10. Henke had three assists, Bechtel three steals, Good and Stegelmann both seven rebounds.

First Game

Penn 61, Northridge 43

Northridge had trouble dealing with Penn’s trapping defenses and quick hands. With officials calling numerous traveling violations, the teams combined for 35 turnovers.

The Raiders stayed in striking distance for a half before Kingsmen made it a runaway with a 21-6 domination of the third quarter.

First-year NHS coach Ronnie Thomas said, “We just weren’t ready for that halfcourt pressure. The idea was to get the ball in the middle, but we were just too hesitant because of their size and physicality.

“We challenged (6-7 junior Nate) Ritchie defensively and I thought he did a decent job against (Penn 6-7 senior Austin) Torres. We just couldn’t get stops to keep it close.

“It’s a long road to playing perfect basketball and there is always a lot to work on.”

Torres had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Kingsmen, sophomore Ryan Lutz 13 tallies, senior Conner Sowders 11 and sophomore Jordan Geist 10.

Ritchie had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Raiders who got just 20 points and 8-of-25 shooting from other players.

Penn coach Al Rhodes said, “Our trap created a lot of scoring opportunities for us. Actually, I thought the Northridge halfcourt defense was very good.

“We tried to keep track of Ritchie and he is a good player. I thought (juniors) Isaiah Cook and Christian Wittendorf both did a good job against him. Our team depth was another big factor in this game.”

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