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Warsaw proves to be too much for Northridge
Posted on Jan. 6, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Warsaw left Northridge Saturday night alone atop the Northern Lakes Conference girls basketball standings.

The Tigers (13-0, 3-0) used strong team defense and foul shooting and held off a terrific late surge by Northridge to beat the Raiders 52-39. Warsaw is in sole possession of first place in the NLC with the help of Plymouth topping Memorial 45-40 earlier in the day.

Tigers coach Michelle Harter said she did not share that news with her girls, preferring that they stayed focused on a strong Northridge squad.

Harter stressed movement as a defensive unit and Warsaw’s zone held the Raiders (12-3, 2-1) to 20 points through the first three quarters.

“We were moving with the flight of the ball,” said Harter. “Our girls did a tremendous job the first three quarters of finding their 3-point shooters.”

The Tigers led by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter, but Northridge went on a 9-2 run featuring a 3-pointer each from Madison Schrock, Haley Schrock and Brianne O’Dell that cut the gap to six with just over a minute remaining but the visitors quickly answered and kicked the lead back up to double digits.

Warsaw, which wound up making 24 of 36 foul shots to 5 of 10 for the Raiders, were in the double bonus for the last 2:51 of the contest and made nine freebies from that point on.

“We were attacking to and getting zero calls,” said Northridge coach Doug Springer. “But we played scared minus the fourth quarter.

“We were scared of them. That was the most disheartening thing.”

Haley Schrock wound up with 14 points, including six in the first quarter.

Madison Schrock took her first field goal attempt in the third quarter and wound up making four 3-pointers, including three in the fourth quarter, and finished with 12 points.

Morgan Miller, who did her best to bang with Warsaw post players Nikki Grose and Jennifer Walker-Crawford, had seven points and six rebounds for the Raiders.

Grose and Walker-Crawford — combined for 31 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter. Grose ripped down 17 rebounds.

Lindsay Baker, Warsaw’s University of Toledo-bound guard, hit 3-pointers in the first and fourth periods and wound up with 10 points. Melanie Hollaway added nine.

Warsaw 52, Northridge 39

Warsaw — Nikki Grose 5-7 5-11 15, Jenniferer Walker-Crawford 4-9 8-9 16, Lindsay Baker 4-6 4-6 10, Eryn Leek 0-0 0-0 0, Melanie Holladay 2-5 5-8 9, Brooklyn Harrison 0-2 0-0 0, Sarah Ray 0-0 2-2 2, Pam Miller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 13-30 (.433) 24-36 (.667) 52.

Northridge — Morgan Miller 3-8 1-2 7, Haley Schrock 5-10 1-4 14, Madison Schrock 4-6 0-0 12, Brianne O’Dell 1-2 0-0 3, Mikaela Zook 0-5 3-4 3, Taylor Miller 0-4 0-0 0, Ellie Lengacher 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 13-36 (.361) 5-10 (.500) 39.

Scoring By Quarters

Warsaw 11 10 10 21 — 52

Northridge 6 7 7 19 — 39

3-point goals: Warsaw (2-6) — Baker 2-6; Northridge (8-19) — M. Schrock 4-5, H. Schrock 3-7, O’Dell 1-2.

Rebounds: Warsaw (30) — Grose 17, Holladay; Northridge (23) — M. Miller 6, H. Schrock 5.

Turnovers: Warsaw 13, Northridge 17.

Fouls: Warsaw 10, Northridge 22. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Eric Coburn, Trent Long, Kirk Robinson.

Records: Warsaw 13-0 (3-0 NLC), Northridge 12-3 (2-1 NLC).

Next: Northridge at DeKalb Tuesday; FW Carroll at Warsaw Wednesday.

JV: Northridge 28, Warsaw 26. Top scorers: Northridge — Kelly Miller 14, Alyssa Zook 6; Warsaw — Erin Clemens 7, Jodie Carlson 5. JV records: Northridge 12-1, Warsaw 11-2.