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Northridge girls one win away from elusive sectional hardware

Northridge plays Goshen at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Class 4A Northridge Sectional championship game.

Posted on Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:45 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Northridge resilience has put the Raiders one victory away from the elusive girls basketball sectional championship.

By surviving a roller-coaster of a game to edge Warsaw 42-41 Friday, Feb. 14, in the semifinals of the Class 4A Northridge Sectional, the Raiders (17-4) put themselves in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, against Goshen (11-10).

The Redskins avenged a regular-season loss to Concord by a 49-41 score.

"It doesn't matter when we responded, but we responded," said Northridge coach Doug Springer, who saw his Raiders rally past the Tigers after training 39-31 with 1:42 to play."Our girls are so resilient. They've got so much fight in them. I kept telling them, 'We've got plenty of time. We've been through situations like this throughout the year."

Morgan Miller scored six of her team-leading 11 points in the fourth quarter with four free throws and a basket.

In the final 38 seconds, Mikaela Zook and flu-ridden Taylor Miller made 3-pointers that cut the Warsaw lead to 41-40 with 30 seconds to play and Ellie Lengacher canned the two free throws that gave the Raiders the final margin of victory. An 18-footer by Tiger Nikki Grose clanged off the rim as time expired.

Northridge led by as many as 11 points (21-10) in the first half and trailed by as many as nine (35-26) in the second half. A 17-2 Warsaw run had turned that 21-10 Raider lead into 27-23 Tiger advantage.

But Northridge dug deep and found a way to win.

"We've been building for this," said Springer. "And I'm not going to lie, it feels good to beat Warsaw. They've had our number for so many years."

Springer said his team went to the Tiger Den in January and played "scared and timid" and lost 30-28.

"We let them dictate everything," said Springer. "We came back and talked about being at a crossroads."

Springer challenged his players to be tough, physical and do the little things and they responded by starting a win streak that reached seven games Friday by besting DeKalb then NorthWood.

While it was nice to top Warsaw and advance to the final, Springer was not ready to do too much celebrating.

"Let's not lose sight," said Springer. "We have not won anything yet. We still have to compete tomorrow.

"It's going to be my job to make sure there is still gas in the tank for these kids."

Brooklyn Harrison (15 points) and Grose (13) led the scoring for Warsaw.

 

CLASS 4A

Northridge Sectional

Northridge 42, Warsaw 41

Northridge — Molly Bontrager 1-3 0-0 2, Taylor Miller 2-9 2-2 8, Mikaela Zook 1-3 5-8 8, Morgan Miller 2-7 7-8 11, Brianne O'Dell 1-1 1-2 3, Ellie Lengacher 0-0 3-4 3, Kelly Miller 0-5 1-3 1, Baleigh Carithers 2-4 0-0 6. Totals: 9-32 (.281) 19-27 (.704) 42.

Warsaw — Nikki Grose 5-10 1-2 13, Brooklyn Harrison 4-9 5-6 15, Pam Miller 4-4 0-2 8, Eryn Leek 0-5 1-3 1, Jodie Carlson 0-2 1-2 1, Erin Clemens 0-20-0 0, Vicki Harris 0-2 3-4 3, Page Desenberg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-34 (.382) 11-19 (.579) 41.

Scoring By Quarters

Northridge — 9 12 5 16 — 42

Warsaw — 6 4 25 6 — 41

3-point goals: Northridge (5-12) — Carithers 2-4, T. Miller 2-7, Zook 1-1; Warsaw (4-13) — Harrison 2-3, Grose 2-4.

Rebounds: Northridge (29) — Lengacher 5, O'Dell 4; Warsaw (25) — Grose 10, Miller 5.

Assists: Northridge (4) — O'Dell 3; Warsaw (7) — Grose 4.

Turnovers: Northridge 21, Warsaw 20.

Total fouls: Northridge 20, Warsaw 22. Fouled out — Carlson (1:53, fourth quarter), M. Miller (1:00, fourth).

Officials: Tim Smith, John W. Wright, Layne Meeks.

Records: Northridge 17-4, Warsaw 10-10.

 

Goshen 49, Concord 41

Goshen — Leslie Vanlandingham 1-1 2-2 4, Deja Felder 3-5 6-6 12, Olivia Love 2-6 3-4 7, Aylissa Trosper 5-7 3-3 13, Ashton Ellis 2-6 3-5 7, Kayci Troyer 0-1 1-2 1, Alyssa Hershberger 0-2 2-2 2, Christina Gipson 1-1 0-0 2, Jessica DeStefano 0-0 1-2 1, Alexis Stevens 0-0 0-0 0, Kyrie Potter 0-0 0-0 0, Sheyenne Rangel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-29 (.482) 21-28 (.750) 49.

Concord — Michele Detwiler 4-7 0-0 10, MacKenzie Rutter 2-7 2-2 8, Alexis Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Keoanna Clopton 5-7 0-0 13, Jade Iavagnilio 1-4 0-0 3, Justyce Warren 1-3 0-0 2, Nicole Wilhelm 0-0 2-2 2, Tylar Roberson 0-2 1-2 1, Anna Nisen 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 14-37 (.378) 5-6 (.833) 41.

Scoring By Quarters

Goshen — 13 13 11 12 — 49

Concord — 12 9 7 13 — 41

3-point goals: Goshen (0-3); Concord (8-20) — Clopton 3-5, Detwiler 2-4, Rutter 2-6, Iavagnilio 1-2.

Rebounds: Goshen (32) — Love 8, Trosper 7, Felder 6; Concord (11) — Williams 3.

Turnovers: Goshen 18, Concord 12.

Total fouls: Goshen 8, Concord 20. Fouled out — none.

Officials: John Bellamy, Bob Neff, Scott Wilder.

Records: Goshen 11-10, Concord 8-13.

Next: Northridge vs Goshen in championship of Class 4A Northridge Sectional 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.


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