Springer proud of how Northridge battled bigger, taller Warsaw in sectional title loss
Posted: 02/09/2013 at 9:47 pm
By: Rachel Terlep
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Northridge's Morgan Miller and Warsaw's Jennifer Walker-Crawford contest the tip off for the Concord Sectional final Saturday 2/9/2013. Warsaw defeated the Raiders 46-35. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Northridge's Mikalea Zook puts up a shot against Warsaw in the Concord Sectional final Saturday 2/9/2013. Warsaw defeated Northridge 46-35. Warsaw's Brooklyn Harrison defends. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Northridge coach Doug Springer hugs Madison Schrock (left) and Haley Schrock near the end of the sectional final against Warsaw Saturday 2/9/2013. Warsaw defeated Northridge 46-35. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Northridge's Taylor Miller brings the ball up court Saturday 2/9/2013 against Warsaw in the Concord Sectional final. Warsaw defeated the Raiders 46-35. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Warsaw's Nikki Grose defends as Northridge's Brianne O'Dell shoots during the Concord Sectional final Saturday 2/9/2013. Warsaw defeated the Raiders 46-35. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Northridge's Elizabeth Lengacher watches as time runs out on the Raiders in the Concord Sectional final Saturday 2/9/2013. The Raiders were defeated by Warsaw 46-35. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Madison Schrock wipes away a tear after getting a hug from coach Doug Springer near the end of the Concord Sectional final Saturday 2/9/2013. Northridge lost to Warsaw 46-35. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Warsaw's Nikki Grose defends as Northridge's Taylor Miller shoots during the Concord Sectional final Saturday 2/9/2013. Warsaw defeated the Raiders 46-35. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Northridge's Brianne O'Dell and Warsaw's Lindsay Baker battle for a loose ball during the Concord Sectional final Saturday 2/9/2013. Warsaw defeated Northridge 46-35. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Northridge's Madison Schrock puts up a shot against Warsaw during the Concord Sectional final Saturday 2/9/2013. Warsaw defeated the Raiders 46-35 (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Faced with what Concord coach Dan Ross had called a “three-headed monster,” the Raiders collapsed on 6-foot-1 Nikki Grose in the post, swarmed Jennifer Walker-Crawford when she penetrated the lane. and kept Lindsay Baker at bay from long range.
Northridge held Warsaw to two points and 1-10 shooting in the second quarter.
But for as aggressive as they were on defense, the physically imposing Tigers kept Northridge away from the basket on offense. Though Northridge held on to a 15-14 lead at the half, coach Doug Springer knew Warsaw’s best eight minutes were yet to come.
“Warsaw lately has been having a big third quarter and we talked about coming out and expecting them to pick up the pressure and really get after the rebounds,” Springer said.
“Obviously our 5-9 kids compared to their 6-1 kids ... We put an awful lot of effort into that first half but then their strength and size took over in that third quarter.”
Warsaw (22-1) outscored Northridge 14-3 in the third quarter and went on to win its first sectional championship since 2004, 46-35.
Haley Schrock’s trio of 3-pointers and game-high 15 total points kept the Raiders (19-5) alive in the fourth quarter but weren’t enough to quiet Baker, who scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half.
Schrock and her sister Madison graduate Northridge as the winningest senior class in school girls’ basketball history, Springer said. When the Schrock sisters, who had battled for a combined 15 fourth-quarter points, were finally yanked in the waning seconds of the game, they were greeted with a hug from Springer and a standing ovation from the crowd.
“I just told them I loved them,” Springer said. “I thanked them for putting our program on their back and really bringing us to state recognition and on the cusp of two sectional championships. Words can’t describe what those two mean to me and my family. They’re just two special, special girls.”
Though Northridge ends its second straight sectional championship loss, Springer said he wouldn’t want to be on any other sideline.
“For a group of girls who aren’t very tall ... Our kids really put forth the effort,” he said. “They really fought. I wouldn’t go to war with another group other than the kids that are in that locker room.”
4A Concord Sectional
Warsaw 46, Northridge 35
Warsaw — Sarah Ray 1-3 0-0 3, Melanie Holladay 2-8 1-3 5, Eryn Leek 1-4 3-4 6, Jennifer Walker-Crawford 3-5 3-4 9, Lindsay Baker 5-12 2-2 13, Brooklyn Harrison 1-3 2-5 4, Nikki Grose 2-4 2-6 6. Totals: 15-39 (.385) 13-24 (.542) 46.
Northridge — Brianne O’Dell 0-3 0-0 0, Morgan Miller 2-3 0-0 4, Haley Schrock 5-11 2-2 15, Madison Schrock 2-10 0-0 5, Ellie Lengacher 0-2 0-0 0, Mikela Zook 1-1 1-2 3, Taylor Miller 2-7 2-4 8, Molly Bontrager 0-0 0-0 0, Kim Swank 0-0 0-0 0, Keianna Yoder 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-37 (.324) 5-8 (.625) 35.
Scoring By Quarters
Warsaw 12 2 14 18 — 46
Northridge 10 5 3 17 — 35
3-point goals: Warsaw (3-12) — Leek, Ray, Baker; Northridge (6-18) — H. Schrock 3, Miller 2, M. Schrock.
Rebounds: Warsaw (29) — Grose 12; Northridge (27) — H. Schrock 6, M. Schrock 6.
Assists: Warsaw (10) — Grose 3, Harrison 3; Northridge (6) — O’Dell 2, M. Schrock 2.
Steals: Warsaw (6) - Leek 2 ; Northridge (3) — H. Schrock 2.
Turnovers: Warsaw 5, Northridge 11.
Fouls: Warsaw 12, Northridge 20. Fouled out — Miller.
Officials: Tom Hinz, John Walczewski, John Wright.
Records: Warsaw 22-1, Northridge 19-5.
Next: Warsaw vs. Penn in Class 4A regional semifinals 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Feb. 16, at Valparaiso.