by Gary Andrews
Wednesday night at home against Bluffton the Northfield Lady Norse basketball team got off to a hot start and led 24-6 after one, only to take their foot off the pedal in a 51-24 win. Thursday at Madison Grant that didn't happen, as the Norse led 19-2 after one and 38-5 at the half in route to a 64-18 win over the Argylls.
Getting a couple games in after their 20-day lay off, the Norse found their shooting, making 27 of 57 field goal attempts for 47 percent.
The Norse defense forced 27 turnovers while committing just 5.
Leading the way was Payton Thomson with 23 points, which included 9 of 14 from the field and 5 of 8 from behind the arch. Thomson added 1 rebound, 2 steals. Katie Stephan added 12 points, hitting 6 of 11 shots. Stephan added 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 7 steals. The third player in double figures was Arie Kennedy, scoring 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting. Kennedy also had 4 rebounds, 5 assist, 4 steals. Kylie Echard added 8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assist. Jacklyn Peas had 5 points, 2 steals. Sidney Reed had 3 points, 1 rebound, 4 assist, 2 steals. Abby Keaffaber had 2 points, 2 rebounds. Cherish Leming had 2 rebounds, 1 steal. Jordan Bratch had 2 rebounds. Marlee Stefanatos had 1 rebound.
"We played our most complete game of the year,” said Coach Salmon of the team.
The junior varsity fell to Madison Grant 40-34.
Jacklyn Peas led Northfield with 9 points. Abby Keaffaber and Jordan Bratch added 8 points each.