Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 27, 2012

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Panthers prevail in tourney opener


MIDDLEBURY — NorthWood’s version of the “Twin Towers” led the Black Swish to a 62-45 first-round win over the Homestead Spartans Thursday in the Bankers Classic high school girls basketball holiday tournament at Northridge.

Senior Savannah Bley and junior Morgan Olson combined for 41 points and 23 rebounds for the winners.

“They look for each other on the court,” NorthWood coach Steve Neff said.

Bley netted 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds. She scored 15 points in the second half as the NorthWood lead expanded its lead from a 26-22 advantage at intermission.

“Bley missed our last two games with an injury,” Neff said. “It was nice to she her back to full strength.”

Olson tossed in 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go with 11 rebounds. A number of her points came on mid-range jump shots.

“She has developed a very good shot,” Neff said. “She is shooting over 50 percent from the field. A lot of people think that she is getting a lot of layups, but that isn’t the case.”

The Spartans began the game by hitting 8-of-10 field goals and had an 18-14 lead after the opening quarter. Homestead’s shooting cooled off and NorthWood’s defensive pressure picked up as the Spartans were 11-of-38 from the field the rest of the way.

“We hustled on defense and contested a lot of shots,” Neff said. “We forced some Homestead players to shoot the ball that were not the ones they wanted taking the shots.”

The Black Swish began working the ball inside to Bley and Olson in the third quarter and the NorthWood lead expanded to 10 points (43-32) on a basket by Bley at 1:32 and one by Olson at 1:01. The Black Swish took a 42-34 lead into the fourth period.

Homestead cut the deficit to eight points (44-36) on a trey by sophomore Josie Fisher with 6:24 left to play. Baskets by Bley and senior Maddie Schwartz pushed the lead back up to 12 (48-36) at the 5:37 mark. The Spartans got to within seven points (48-41) at 5:02 only to have the Black Swish close out the game with a 14-4 run.

“This was a good win for us,” Neff said. “To score 62 points on a good team like Homestead and to hold them to 45 points is good.”

Neff was happy with the play of some of his bench players.

“(Sophomore) Ashley Yoder did a nice job for us and (junior) Inger Yoder hit a big 3-pointer,” the coach said. “(Senior) Taylor Stutzman gave us some good minutes in the backcourt with (senior) Maddie Schwartz. The two of them give us a nice 1-2 punch back there.”

Sophomore Jordyn Frantz chipped in with seven points and junior Taylor Fielstra six for NorthWood.

Fisher netted 12 points, junior Sydney Buck and sophomore Grace German both 10 to lead Homestead.

NorthWood 62, Homestead 45

HOMESTEAD — Sydney Buck 4-15 0-0 10, Josie Fisher 6-16 0-0 12, Nicole Weaver 1-1 0-0 3, Savannah Buck 1-1 0-0 2, Cali Casaburo 0-1 0-0 0, Kathleen Landrigan 0-0 0-0 0, Lindley Kistler 3-7 2-2 8, Grace German 4-5 2-2 10, Courtney McPheters 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Stine 0-1 0-2 0. Team: 19-48 4-6 45

NORTHWOOD — Savannah Bley 8-10 4-7 20, Morgan Olson 10-16 1-2 21 Maddie Schwartz 0-1 0-0 0, Jordyn Frantz 2-9 2-2 7, Taylor Fielstra 3-5 0-0 6, Inger Yoder 1-1 0-0 3, Ashley Yoder 1-3 1-2 3, Taylor Stutzman 1-2 0-0 2, Haley Roe 0-0 0-0 0, Tori Schwartz 0-0 0-0 0. Team: 26-47 8-13 62

Homestead    18    4    12    11    —    45

NorthWood    14    12    16    20    —    62

3-point goals: Homestead 3-17 (syBuck 2-9, Weaver 1-1, Casaburo 0-1, Fisher 0-6). NorthWood 2-7 (iYoder 1-1, Frantz 1-4, Bley 0-1, Fielstra 0-1).

Fouls: Homestead 13, NorthWood 9.

Rebounds: Homestead 20 (Fisher 4, German 4, Kistler 4). NorthWood 35 (Bley 12, Olson 11).

Assists: NorthWood 13 (Bley 3, Frantz 3).

Steals: NorthWood 5 (Bley 2).

Turnovers: Homestead 14, NorthWood 17.

Northridge 52, Portage 41

MIDDLEBURY — A high school girls basketball coach has to be pleased when his players come up with the same game plan for the second half of  a contest that his coaching staff does.

Such was the case for coach Doug Springer and the Northridge Raiders in their first-round game with the Portage Indians in the Bankers Classic Holiday Tournament Thursday at Northridge.

The Raiders spread their offense out in the second half which opened up the lane for drives to the basket or if that wasn’t there a kick out for an open 3-pointer. The strategy worked as the Raiders turned a 21-18 halftime advantage into a 52-41 victory.

“Portage plays a match-up zone and that is hard to simulate in practice,” Springer said. “We spent the first half trying different things to see what would work against their zone. The coaches talked before going into the locker room at halftime and we felt spreading the defense out would be the best option. When we went in the players had already talked about it and had come to the same conclusion.”

Northridge worked the plan in the second half, hitting 10-of-17 field goal attempts, including 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. The Raiders were also 10-of-14 from the free-throw line after intermission.

“The dribble penetration allowed us not only to attack the basket, but also to get to the line,” Springer said.

The Raiders were leading 27-23 following a 3-pointer by Portage senior Nicki Monahan at 5:00 of the third. Northridge’s lead ballooned to 10 points as Haley Schrock answered with treys on consecutive possessions.

Northridge led 36-28 after three quarters.

Raider sophomore Taylor Miller had a big fourth period, scoring eight of her team-high 13 points.

“Taylor had a big game,” Springer said. “She and (junior) Brianne O’Dell did a nice job handling the ball for us,”

Senior Haley Schrock added 12 points, senior Madison Schrock and junior Morgan Miller both nine for the Raiders.

The Schrock sisters are the lone seniors on the Raider roster, but there is plenty of experience among the rest of the players. Northridge relied on some of that experience at the start of the game. The Raiders were down 3-0 until O’Dell broke the ice with a basket at 2:56.

“We were very rusty to begin things,” Springer said. “We had not played since the Goshen game (Dec. 13) and we had to cancel practice a couple of times last week doe to sickness.

“We stayed patient and that came from some of the experience our younger players have.”

It was the first game back for junior Mikaela Zook as the Raider scored six points to go with a pair of steals.

“It was good to see her back in the lineup,” Springer said. “She looked like herself.”

Sophomore Kaitlin Doud scored 16 points and Monahan 15 to pace the Indians.

“That is a good team we beat,” Springer said. “Their losses are to Merrillville, Michigan City, LaPorte and now us.”

Northridge 52, Portage 41

PORTAGE — Sierra Piro 0-0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Steers 0-1 0-0 0, Salina McConnell 1-3 0-0 3, Hannah Glos 0-1 1-2 1, Lindsay Givens 2-2 0-0 4, Nicki Monahan 5-12 4-4 15, Alexis Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Alyssa Tampier 1-2 0-0 2, Kaitlyn Doud 4-9 7-7 16. Team: 13-33 12-13 41

NORTHRIDGE — Morgan Miller 2-4 5-7 9, Haley Schrock 5-9 0-0 12, Madison Schrock 2-7 4-4 9, Mikaela Zook 2-3 2-6 6, Taylor Miller 4-8 3-6 13, Brianne O’Dell 1-3 1-2 3, Ellie Lengacher 0-0 0-0 0, Molly Bontrager 0-1 0-0 0. Team: 16-35 15-25 52

Portage    7    11    10    13    —    41

Northridge    7    14    15    16    —    52

3-point goals: Portage 3-6 (McConnell 1-1, Doud 1-2, Monahan 1-3). Northridge 5-16 (tMiller 2-4, hSchrock 2-4, mSchrock 1-5, O’Dell 0-1, mMiller 0-1, Zook 0-1).

Fouls: Portage 16, Northridge 11.

Rebounds: Portage 20 (Doud 6). Northridge 18 (mMiller 4, hSchrock 3, O’Dell 3).

Assists: Northridge 9 (O’Dell 3, mSchrock 2, tMiller 2).

Steals: Northridge 10 (tMiller 4, O’Dell 2, Zook 2).

Turnovers: Portage 19, Northridge 11.