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Despite loss to DeKalb, Northridge ends regular season where it wants to be

Northridge plans to use bye week to work on defensive discipline and toughness.


Posted on Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Northridge was two quarters from wrapping up its regular season the way it wanted to before everything broke down.

The Raiders blew an 11-point lead over visiting DeKalb on Friday, Feb. 22, to lose 49-43 in the last game of the regular season. It might seem like a 15-7 team should beat a team that has lost more games than it has won, but Northridge’s 9-11 record is deceiving.

The Raiders had won six of its last seven prior to Friday night after dropping seven games in a row between Dec. 14 and Jan. 15. A win against DeKalb (15-7) would have allowed Northridge to finish strong in the last month of the regular season and would have been a milestone in the Raiders’ ever-developing basketball maturity.

“That seven-game stretch was pretty brutal,” coach Ronnie Thomas said. “These last eight games, these guys have bought into what they’re doing. We’re flowing a little better offensively. Defensively, guys know their roles a little better. We’re obviously getting better but the goal of the season is to play your best basketball at the end of the year, though tonight wouldn’t show that.”

The Raiders led at halftime, but the Barons scored nine points straight to take a lead they never relinquished. Despite crumbling from 66.7 percent shooting in the first half to 20.8 percent in the second — including a paltry 2-for-16 in the fourth quarter — Thomas doesn’t think DeKalb was the overall more dominant team.

“That’s the big thing about this game,” he said. “We don’t walk out of this game thinking, ‘Well they’re just better than us.’ What we did, we could fix everything. When we made slip-ups, when we made mistakes, it’s all fixable. The good thing with the bye is that we have the entire week to fix that.”

Thomas hopes to use Northridge’s first-round sectional bye to patch up his team’s defensive discipline and reinforce the Raiders’ physicality and toughness.

“The story of that third quarter, of them getting the lead is that we got we had a couple slip-ups defensively here and there and they made us pay for it,” Thomas said.

DeKalb 49, Northridge 43

DeKalb — Dylan Liddell 0-0 0-0 0, Henry Smaltz 0-0 0-0 0, Adison Daub 6-14 4-5 19, Spencer Snyder 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Macy 3-9 3-7 9, Dahlton Daub 0-1 0-1 0, Hunter Cone 1-3 3-4 6, Cole Hartman 3-5 0-0 6, Kalib Mckown 0-0 0-0 0, Tanner Moore 4-5 1-2 9. Totals: 17-37 (.459) 11-19 (.579) 49.

Northridge — Pete Smith 3-8 0-0 9, Sam Ahonen 3-9 2-2 9, Arick Doberenz 0-0 0-0 0, Ausitn Moniot 1-3 0-0 3, Joey Ganyard 2-5 3-5 7, Tom Morrison 1-1 0-0 2, Nate Ritchie 5-12 3-4 13, Shannon Baker 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 15-39 (.385) 8-11 (.727) 43.

Scoring By Quarters

DeKalb 10 14 12 13 — 49

Northridge 12 15 8 8 — 43

3-point goals: DeKalb (4-9) — A. Daub 3, Cone; Northridge (5-14) — Smith 3, Ahonen, Moniot.

Rebounds: DeKalb (24) — Macy 6, Hartman 6; Northridge (21) — Ritchie 7, Ganyard 7.

Assists: DeKalb (9) — A. Daub 3, Snyder 3; Northridge (10) — Ahonen 3, Ganyard 3.

Steals: DeKalb (9) — Macy 3; Northridge (5) — Smith 2, Ganyard 2.

Turnovers: DeKalb 11, Northridge 12.

Fouls: DeKalb 13, Northridge 15.

Records: DeKalb 15-7, Northridge 9-11.

Next: DeKalb vs. FW Snider Wednesday, Feb. 27 in first round of Class 4A FW Carroll Sectional, around 7:30 p.m.; Northridge vs. Memorial/Goshen winner Friday, March 1 in semifinals of Class 4A Elkhart Sectional at North Side Gym, around 7:30 p.m.

JV: Northridge 40, DeKalb 29. Top scorers: Northridge — Collin Utley 14, Brock Downey 7; DeKalb — Will Chrisman 11.



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