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Northridge rides solid all-around play to win over Goshen

Raider senior Nate Ritchie now has 1,013 career points.


Posted on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 21, 2013 at 12:09 a.m.

GOSHEN — On the night Nate Ritchie became a 1,000-point scorer for his career, he helped his teammates by scoring a little less than normal while aiding them in other ways.

Ritchie, a 6-foot-7 senior, did lead Northridge (6-0, 1-0) in scoring with 15 points and rebounding with seven in the Raiders’ 53-33 Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball victory Friday, Dec. 20, against Goshen (3-3, 0-1).

But it’s how Ritchie reacted to the Redskins’ defense and his unselfishness with the basketball that impressed Northridge coach Ronnie Thomas.

“Nate is learning to play against teams honing in on him,” said Thomas. “He understands what being solid is.”

Ritchie, whose milestone basket was his first of the night — a shot from the key at 6:53 of the first quarter — was pleased at how so many Raiders contributed to the attack.

“Everyone seemed to be hitting,” said Ritchie, whose squad made 23-of-36 shots from the floor (63.9 percent) while he finished the night at 1,013 career points. “Everyone was cutting.”

When Goshen cut the Northridge’s lead to nine points in the third quarter, the Raiders responded with a 14-0 run.

“No one seemed fazed (when the Redskins cut the gap from 16 to nine in the opening minutes of the second half),” said Ritchie. “We are all being mature.”

Ritchie mixed up his offensive arsenal with inside and outside shots. He really got the Northridge crowd going with his one-hand dunk near the start of the fourth quarter.

Thomas did see what he called “boneheaded plays,” but the Raiders did not let those linger.

“We responded and that’s a sign of how we are growing up as a team,” said Thomas. “Down the line, everyone is playing pretty solid.”

While Thomas saw Tom Morrison scored 10 points, Pete Smith nine and Morrison dish four of the team’s 17 assists, he also approved of the way the visitors played in rotating defensive coverages.

“Our ball pressure and aggressiveness was pretty good,” said Thomas. “That’s the best we’ve played on defense in awhile.”

Goshen coach Brian Bechtel knew that his team — depleted by injuries — was going to have to bring it’s “A” game.

“They are offensively so good, you have to keep scoring to put pressure on them,” said Bechtel. “We lost our poise on a couple possessions.

“We wanted to make sure we got great shots every time down the floor. We settled for bad shots. When we did get some good shots, we didn’t hit them.”

Bechtel said his reserves outplayed his starters.

While starter Austin Woolett led the Redskins with eight points, Oliver Nafziger contributed six and he only played the fourth quarter after leading his team in scoring in the junior varsity game.

In the last 20 meetings between Northridge and Goshen dating to the 2000-01 season, the Raiders lead the series 12-8.

NORTHRIDGE 53, GOSHEN 33

Northridge — Nate Ritchie 7-13 1-2 15, Tom Morrison 4-4 2-2 10, Christian Bach 3-4 0-0 6, Pete Smith 4-5 1-2 9, Sam Ahonen 1-3 0-0 2, Collin Utley 2-2 0-0 4, Kurtis Hochstetler 2-5 0-0 5, Payton Carson 0-0 0-0 0, Brock Downey 0-0 0-0 0, Spencer Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Caleb Kiser 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-36 (.639) 3-4 (.750) 53.

Goshen — Austin Woolett 4-6 0-0 8, DJ Ambrose 0-4 0-0 0, Alex Hartsough 1-3 0-0 3, Deric Haynes 1-7 0-0 2, Jack Gingerich 2-5 0-0 5, Alex Haney 0-1 0-0 0, Colton Potter 2-3 0-0 5, Trevor Weldy 0-0 2-4 2, Oliver Nafziger 2-3 1-1 6, Luis Ramirez-Camacho 1-1 0-2 2. Totals: 13-33 (.394) 3-7 (.429) 33.

Scoring By Quarters

Northridge 9 16 16 12 — 53

Goshen 7 4 10 12 — 33

3-point goals: Northridge (4-7) — Morrison 2-2, Smith 1-2, Hochstetler 1-2; Goshen (4-16) — Potter 1-2, Nafziger 1-2, Gingerich 1-3, Hartsough 1-3.

Rebounds: Northridge (20) — Ritchie 7, Ahonen 5; Goshen (8) — Ambrose 2.

Assists: Northridge (17) — Morrison 4; Goshen (7) — Potter 3.

Turnovers: Northridge 17, Goshen 17.

Fouls: Northridge 112, Goshen 13. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Casey Gaynor, Richard Deering, Mike Daley.

Records: Northridge 6-0 (1-0 NLC), Goshen 3-3 (0-1 NLC).

Next: Fairfield at Goshen Saturday, Dec. 21; Northridge vs. SB St. Joseph Friday, Dec. 27, at Northridge in NIC/NLC Shootout.

JV: Northridge 28, Goshen 27. Top scorers: Northridge — Caleb Kiser 8, Dylan Sandy 6; Goshen — Oliver Nafziger 11, Luis Ramirez-Camacho 6. JV records: Northridge 6-0, Goshen 3-3. Note: Ryan Bell’s free throw with :00 on the clock was the game-winner.



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