Roe puts Panthers on a roll in NorthWood Sectional semis

Junior nets 26, Olson adds 25 and  Frantz comes up with 17 points, eight steals as Panthers whip Valley, earn spot in 3A sectional final.

Posted on Feb. 15, 2014 at 12:13 a.m.

NAPPANEE — NorthWood immediately got on an offensive roll, never came off that roll, and the ongoing onslaught was due in no small part to unlikely source Haley Roe.

The 5-foot-7 junior guard, who went in averaging four points per game, doubled her previous career high with 26 as the Panthers raced by Tippecanoe Valley 84-61 in a Class 3A NorthWood Sectional girls basketball semifinal Friday, Feb. 14, at The Pit.

"I don’t really know," Roe said of the reason for her eruption. "I was just feeling good about this game, and they were giving me the open shot. They weren’t really guarding me."

The Panthers (18-5) will shoot for a third straight sectional crown and fifth in six years when they host Whitko (16-6) in Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. championship. The teams did not face each other during the regular season.

Indiana All-Star candidate Morgan Olson scored 25 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dealt five assists and made two steals in the semis for NorthWood.

Junior Jordyn Frantz added 17 points and piled up eight steals for the Panthers as they finished with their highest point total in a competitive game (one in which they didn't double up the opponent) in over a decade.

"We came out focused, did a nice job, and what can you say, Roe really opened it up for us," NorthWood coach Steve Neff said. "They weren’t guarding her, and she sort of put their plans awry, but everybody played pretty well at one point or another."

Roe tallied 12 of her 26 points in the opening quarter, including nine of them on 3-of-3 shooting right at the top of the key in the opening 3:32. She finished 9-of-12 from the field and 5-of-5 at the line.

"We wanted to focus as much as we could on Olson and Frantz," Valley coach Chris Kindig acknowledged, "and then kind of take our chances with the other role players, but some of those role players are awfully good. But I’ve seen them several times on film and (Roe’s) not had the kind of game she had tonight."

"We did a really good job with passing the ball and sharing and doing what we had to do," Roe said.

Indeed, the Panthers picked up 23 assists. Taylor Fielstra matched Olson's five, while Roe and Tif Alexander distributed four apiece.

Yet, even with NorthWood's consistent production — its lowest-scoring quarter was 19 in the third — the Vikings managed to hang around much of the way.

Valley (13-7) trailed 38-21 late in the second period, but rallied to as close as 42-35 on the opening bucket of the third quarter.

At 44-37, however, Frantz took over. She scored all of the game's next 10 points over a span of just 1:41 and NorthWood led by at least 11 the rest of the way.

"A game like this, with that kind of frantic pace, nothing's for sure," said Neff, whose club had beaten the Vikings 52-38 a month earlier to the day. "We would let down a little, they would score three or four points in a row. They're good shooters, a good basketball team, had a heck of a year and are a lot better than they were a month ago. Hopefully, we can say that about us, too."

"If you had told me we'd get 61 points, I would've liked our chances," Kindig said, "but that was a buzzsaw we ran into tonight."

Senior Cara Hoffman paced the Vikings with 20 points and four assists. Junior Caylie Teel added 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, while freshman center Anne Secrest had 10 points and nine boards.

In the first semifinal, Whitko eliminated Lakeland 60-45. Freshman Aly Reiff led four Wildcats in double digits with 15 points, while junior Abigail Thompson paced the Lakers with 16.

Whitko's won five straight games. The Panthers have won 15 of their last 17. The teams haven't met since 2010, when NothWood dominated the 3A West Noble Sectional final 76-35.



NorthWood Sectional

NorthWood 84, Tippecanoe Valley 61

Tippecanoe Valley — Caylie Teel 6-13 5-7 17, Kelsey Bell 1-2 0-0 2, Anne Secrest 2-3 6-8 10, Cara Hoffman 7-16 2-2 20, Karis Tucker 0-2 0-1 0, Meredith Brouyette 3-8 2-2 10, Taylor Trippiedi 0-3 0-0 0, Brynda Krueger 1-1 0-0 2, Hannah Dunn 0-0 0-0 0, Casey Dunn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-48 (.417) 15-20 (.750) 61.

NorthWood — Morgan Olson 9-12 7-7 25, Taylor Fielstra 0-7 0-0 0, Tiff Alexander 2-6 0-0 4, Haley Roe 9-12 5-5 26, Jordyn Frantz 5-12 4-5 17, Ashley Yoder 0-1 0-2 0, Inger Yoder 0-1 0-0 0, Tori Schwartz 0-2 4-4 4, Shyla Southern 3-5 0-0 6, Taitlyn Trenshaw 0-0 0-0 0, Arika Flickinger 0-0 2-2 2, Andrea Tuttle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 28-58 (.483) 22-25 (.880) 84.

Scoring By Quarters

Valley — 14 19 10 18 — 61

NorthWood — 21 21 19 23 — 84

3-point goals: Valley (6-19) — Hoffman 4-10, Brouyette 2-6; NorthWood (6-17) — Roe 3-3, Frantz 3-7.

Rebounds: Valley (26) — Secrest 9, Teel 5; NorthWood (35) — Olson 7, Alexander 6, Fielstra 5, Frantz 5.

Assists: Valley (12) — Teel 4, Hoffman 4; NorthWood (23) — Olson 5, Fielstra 5, Alexander 4, Roe 4.

Steals: Valley (9) — Teel 2, Tucker 2, Brouyette 2; NorthWood (11) — Frantz 8, Olson 2.

Turnovers: Valley 17, NorthWood 11.

Total fouls: Valley 20, NorthWood 18. Fouled out — Teel (2:10, 4th quarter).

Other semifinal: Whitko 60, Lakeland 45..

Records: NorthWood 18-5, Valley 13-7, Whitko 16-6, Lakeland 9-12.

Next: NorthWood vs. Whitko in Class 3A NorthWood Sectional final Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.


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