Goshen High School junior Josh Randall (red jersey) and Northridge junior Drew Carpenter (23) are on the floor for a loose ball during Friday night’s Northern Lakes Conference game in Middlebury.

The last 4:17 of the third quarter Friday night were joyful for Northridge’s Raiders and agonizing for Goshen’s Redskins.

The Raiders scored 12 straight points to end the period, more than enough impetus needed for a 58-39 Northern Lakes Conference high school boys basketball win at Northridge in Middlebury.

Derrick Troyer, 5-10 Raider junior dynamo, tallied on back-to-back steals and 6-5 junior Brent Eaton on another to finish off the blitz and make the game a runaway.

It was the first NLC game of the season for both squads.

Goshen, 1-4, is back in action tonight at Fairfield. Northridge, 4-2, is idle until the Concord Shootout on the nights of Dec. 29 and 30.

Conference Debut

First-year Northridge head coach Jason Ridge obviously enjoyed his introduction to the NLC.

“This was the best defensive game we have played yet. That allowed us to get some rebounds and get the transition game going. Troyer’s defensive effort in the third quarter was outstanding.

“It helped to have (5-8 senior) Blake Sandberg back in there. He gave us a spark.”

Goshen coach Brian Bechtel said, “We turned the ball over, Northridge went on a spurt and we couldn’t stop the bleeding.

“Northridge just outplayed us and they were clearly the better team in this game. There were some tough matchups with our six-footers trying to guard their 6-5 guys.

“Then, our two big guys got into foul trouble and Northridge did a good job attacking.”

Team Leaders

Eaton had 15 points and seven rebounds for Northridge while Troyer tallied 12 points.

Drew Carpenter, 5-10 junior, hit a trio of 3-pointers and wound up with nine tallies overall, same total as 6-7 senior Nick Kieper. Andrew Priem, 6-4 senior, had eight points and six rebounds.

The Raiders were a sizzling 25-for-41 from the field overall and enjoyed a 28-21 rebound advantage.

Cam Snyder, 6-1 junior, hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for Goshen and led the Redskins in scoring with 10 points.

Ethan Hussey, 6-2 sophomore, tallied seven and 6-0 senior P.J. Hussey six. Brad Sink, 6-1 junior, grabbed five rebounds and 6-6 junior Nathan Stegelmann four.

Goshen was just 15-of-40 from the field and 5-of-11 at the free-throw line.

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Need Some Punch

Bechtel said, “We are still trying to find guys who want the basketball in tough situations. We are lacking that right now.

“We had multiple guys turning the ball over at key times. Snyder and Ethan Hussey are developing into go-to guys, but we need others to score some points too.”

Ridge said, “It helped getting Eaton inside to score and a big key to our post play was when Kieper came in and gave us a lift.

“Our biggest improvement in play has been our guys being willing to post up and our outside shooters feeding them the ball. That makes it tough to double up on anyone.

“You have to win your home games in this conference. We got a lot of energy playing in this gym before our fans.”

Quick Delivery

Carpenter hit a ‘3’ to open the scoring, then Priem banked in a five-footer and 6-6 senior Andy Cohoat scored on a feed from Troyer for a 7-0 Raider lead three minutes into the game.

Ethan Hussey hit a 3-point shot for Goshen and Sink converted a three-point play off a foul to get the Redskins within 7-6 at the 3:56 mark of the opening stanza.

Eaton drained a ‘3’ from the right side as time expired in the quarter for an 18-12 NHS lead.

Ethan Hussey popped in a 15-footer and 5-9 senior Carlos Zepeda hit a spinning 10-footer, drawing the Redskins to within 18-16 just 1:30 into the second period. They would never again get that close.

A seven-point run helped boost Northridge to a 28-21 halftime lead.

Consecutive baskets by Snyder in the third got Goshen within 35-28 before Northridge ignited on its decisive run.

Junior Varsity

Northridge won the JV game in overtime, 41-40. Sophomore Landon Miller scored 16 points for the 6-0 Raiders and sophomore Scott Landis 20 for the young Redskins.

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