by Gary Andrews
The Northfield Lady Norse hosted their annual invite Saturday with Fairfield, Concord and Heritage Christian paying a visit. Northfield would face off against Fairfield in game one, shaking a slow start and hanging on for a 50-43 win. The Norse would then get to face 2A #1 Heritage Christian in the final, falling 70-33.
In the morning session, Northfield took a while to get awake and trailed 9-5 after the first quarter against Fairfield. With balanced scoring the Norse took off in the second quarter with six different players scoring to erase their deficit and led 20-14 at the half. Payton Thomson led the surge with 5 points.
Northfield came out swinging to start the third, getting two buckets from Arie Kennedy, a three from Thomson and a bucket from Sidney Reed to take a 30-14 lead. Fairfield would chip away at the Norse lead and after three Northfield led 34-25.
As the theme of the game would go, the Norse would increase their lead to start the fourth. Katie Stephan got a put back bucket that started an 11-4 run and the Norse led 45-29 with 4:50 to go. The Fairfield pressure would then start to get to Northfield and with 1:00 remaining the lead had been cut to 47-42. With a steal and some missed free throws Fairfield threatened, but each time Kylie Echard blocked a shot to erase any hope. Thomson would hit two free throws with 27.5 left and Stephan one free throw with 15.1 to seal the deal and the right to play #1.
Arie Kennedy led the Norse with 13 points. Sidney Reed and Payton Thomson added 11 points each. Katie Stephan had 7, Cherish Leming 6, Kylie Echard 2.
After winning the private section of the invite, the Norse now had the task of taking on Heritage Christian. With the Lady Norse being totally out gunned by a recruit at every position, Heritage Christian would race out to a 19-0 lead in the first four minutes. Arie Kennedy broke the run with an offensive rebound bucket with 4:16 on the clock to get rid of the goose egg. The Norse would get a bucket from Kylie Echard and four free throws from Katie Stephan and trailed 30-8 after one.
Northfield would hang a little better in the second quarter, being out scored 15-9. Northfield got buckets from Kennedy, Thomson and Echard and trailed 45-17 at the half.
Heritage Christian would go on to out score Northfield 25-16 in the second half for the 70-33 score.
Leading Northfield was Arie Kennedy with 13 points. Kylie Echard added 7, Katie Stephan 4, Cherish Leming 4, Payton Thomson 3, and Sidney Reed 2.