NAPPANEE — NorthWood got good shots in its girls basketball game Friday against Elkhart Memorial, and the Panthers took advantage of those opportunities during a 51-31 Northern Lakes Conference win over the Crimson Chargers.
The Panthers (8-2, 2-0 NLC) shot 53 percent (21-of-40) from the field, with points coming from the paint and the perimeter.
"We made extra passes and didn't panic," NorthWood coach Adam Yoder said. "Memorial has a way of making you panic because they're all over the place and their guards are aggressive. I thought we were very disciplined in making the extra pass and getting great shots, instead of just good shots. That's good to see. There's been a lot of growth from these kids in the last couple of weeks."
Benefiting most from the extra passes were Riley Hershberger and Mackenzie Bergman. The 5-foot-10 Hershberger scored 16 points and did her damage close to the basket, while Bergman was successful from outside as she finished with four 3-pointers as part of her 14-point night.
"Playing inside-out is something we have to continue to do," Yoder said. "It's no secret that we've got some shooters on the outside, but those shots become a lot easier when you go to the rim first or power it into the post first and then try to play outside. We did that tonight against Memorial and it was good to see."
Memorial coach Steve Scott didn't like what he saw from his squad. He called two timeouts in the first half as his team fell behind 9-1 and 21-6.
"I wanted them to compete and have some pride," Scott said. "I don't think they're 20 points better than us, but they were tonight. I just felt like we weren't there from the get-go mentally or physically."
Trailing 26-11 at halftime, the Chargers executed better offensively in the third quarter. Memorial scored 14 points in the third on 7-of-16 shooting. The Chargers also turned the ball over only one time in the third after turning it over 12 times in the first half.
"We just didn't show up tonight," Scott said. "If I had a reason for it I'd be rich."
Sierra Peete scored nine points and Skylar Axsom eight to lead Memorial (3-5, 0-1 NLC).
On the defensive end, the Panthers held the Crimson Chargers to 29 percent shooting (13-of-44) with their 2-2-1 press after makes, into a 2-3 zone and man defenses.
"Our girls were playing so well in the two defenses that we were playing that we just kind of rode it out," Yoder said. "It seemed like we were making Memorial burn clock."
NORTHWOOD 51, ELKHART MEMORIAL 31
Memorial: Ay'zyana Billings-Tiller 7, Skylar Axsom 8, Kambria Dale 4, Sierra Peete 9, Cydney Lapczynski 2, McKenna Curry 0, Katlyn Bell 1, Libby Lapczynski 0, Jaiden Rangel 0, Kayla Bell 0. Totals: 13 5-11 31.
NorthWood: Mackenzie Bergman 14, Savannah Feenstra 6, Riley Hershberger 16, Nicole Flickinger 5, Taitlyn Trenshaw 5, Erin Graber 2, Kira Robinson 2, Neely Trenshaw 1, Kali Parisi 0, Lexi Parisi 0, Emily Demitruk 0, Whitney Wolfe 0, Karlie Fielstra 0, Madison Payne 0. Totals: 21 4-10 51.
Scoring By Quarters
3-point goals: Memorial (0); NorthWood (5) - Bergman 4, Flickinger.
Rebounds: Memorial (22) - Bell 7, Axsom 5; NorthWood (21) - Hershberger 6, Feenstra 4.
Steals: Memorial (4) - Cydney Lapczynski 2; NorthWood (10) - Bergman 3, T. Trenshaw 3.
Turnovers: Memorial 15; NorthWood 14.
Fouls: Memorial 8; NorthWood 11. Fouled out - none.
Records: Memorial 3-5 (0-1 NLC), NorthWood 8-2 (2-0 NLC).
JV: NorthWood 33, Memorial 24. Top scorers: Memorial - Mya Reeves 6, NorthWood - Katelyn Rulli 10.