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Penn nips Raiders in battle of unbeatens

Penn improves to 7-0
Posted on Dec. 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

MISHAWAKA — Jordan Geist may have missed enough to help keep it interesting, but still ultimately made enough, and did enough other things, to help the host Kingsmen grab the victory during a feisty showdown of unbeatens in NIC/NLC Shootout boys basketball play Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Penn Palace.

The Kingsmen’s 68-65 win over Northridge wasn’t secured until Pete Smith’s solid-look 3-pointer from the left wing bounced off the iron as time expired.

Class 4A No. 6-rated Penn improved to 7-0 and moved to within two wins of matching the best start in school history, while the Raiders dropped to 7-1 on a night they were trying to match the second-best start in school history.

“I thought both teams competed very hard, and I think Northridge’s team has come a long way in a year,” Kingsmen coach Al Rhodes said of the Raiders, who were 10-12 last winter. “It’s basically the same (personnel) we played last year.”

Earlier Saturday, South Bend St. Joseph rolled to a 77-53 win over Goshen. The Indians moved to 3-2, while the Redskins dropped to 4-5.

Geist, typically an 80 percent shooter, according to Rhodes, was 5-of-9 at the line over the final 1:08 as Northridge repeatedly fouled him while playing catch-up, but his adventures also included him battling for the rebound on one of his own misses and going 2-of-2 on the ensuing trip, and hitting the free throw at 5.9 seconds that forced the Raiders to close by attempting a 3-pointer. He also dealt a game-high five assists.

Nate Ritchie, coming off a career-high 40 points a night earlier, scored a game-high 24 for Northridge.




 NorthWood's Rylee Beck (16) gets tangled up with CentralÕs Kaylee Nunez (14) Saturday Sept. 20, 2014. NorthWood defeated Central 1-0.

Posted on Sept. 20, 2014 at 10:47 p.m.
 Goshen's  Shawn Graves (933) and Gerardo Abad (929), shown here competing in the County Clash on Sept. 13 at Ox Bow, were both top-10 finishes on Sept. 20 in the West Noble Invitational.

Posted on Sept. 20, 2014 at 11:21 p.m.
 Elkhart Memorial's Brooke Moore leads Elkhart Christian's Kayla Casaletto to the finish during the 2014 County Clash at Ox Bow Park Saturday Sept. 13, 2014. Casaletto placed second Saturday in the 21-school West Noble Invitational.

Posted on Sept. 20, 2014 at 11:07 p.m.
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