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Norse Hold On To Top Oak Hill

March 3, 2012
By Gary Andrews of Three Rivers Conference



Game one of the Manchester sectional semi final was Northfield taking on Oak Hill, which was a rematch from Feb. 9th that went overtime with Northfield winning. The sectional was no different, as it was a nail biter to the wire with Northfield pulling out a 59-56 win.

Oak Hill hit the first bucket of the game, but Northfield quickly responded with layups from Ryan Keaffaber and Ryan Givens to go up 4-2. After a Givens free throw made it 5-4 Northfield, Oak Hill would go on a 7-0 run to lead the Norse 11-5. With 1:42 to go, Dustin Echard hit a layup and then Chad Glasscock drained a three with .06 to go, making it 11-10 Oak Hill after one.

Oak Hill would start the second quarter building the lead to 16-10 before Collin Dawes hit a jumper, followed by a Keaffaber three to pull the Norse to within one at 16-15. The Eagles would build their lead back to 23-16 with 2:13 to go when Echard hit, followed by a Keaffaber free throw to make it 23-19. Each tean would score one more bucket in the quarter, the Norse a three pointer by Dawes and Oak Hill led 25-22 at the half.

Being out rebounded badly in the first half and shooting just 47% from the free throw line the Norse felt fortunate to still be in striking distance and regrouped for the second half.

Five seconds in to the third quarter Keaffaber hit a three to tie the score at 25. Ryan Givens followed with two free throws and gave the Norse a 27-25 lead. After Oak Hill tied the score, Chad Glasscock hit two free throws that was followed by a Dawes layup and the Norse led 31-27. Oak Hill would claw their way back and knot the score at 31. Ryan Keaffaber would answer with a three to go back up 34-31 and led 36-33 with 2:26 to go. Oak Hill hit with .58 left, which would be the final points of the quarter and Northfield led 36-35 with a quarter to go.

Ryan Givens would hit the first bucket of the fourth, but the Eagles responded with two buckets to go up 39-38. Keaffaber and Oak Hill’s Seth Sallee traded buckets before a Dustin Echard layup put the Norse up 42-41. The two teams would trade buckets and with 2:31 to go, Oak Hill took a 50-49 lead. Collin Dawes found Keaffaber on a back door play, hitting the layup and converting a three point play to put the Norse back up 52-50 with 2:18 to play. With 1:04 to go the Eagles fouled Eachard and he calmly sank both free throws to give the Norse a 54-50 lead. After a missed three pointer, Oak Hill fouled Keaffaber with .42 left. Keaffaber sank both shots and it was 56-50. Oak Hill hit with .35 left to make it 56-52, then stole the ball in a trap and scored with .25 left, making it 56-54. Fouling to get the ball, the Eagles fouled Collin Dawes with .18 left. Dawes hit one of two and it was 57-54. Oak Hill raced down the floor and hit a layup with .12 left, making it 57-56. Trapping full court, the Eagles failed to see Chad Glasscock leak out and Dawes hit Glasscock with a full court pass. Glasscock hit the shot and was fouled with .05 remaining and Northfield led 59-56. Glasscock missed the free throw and Oak Hill hurried down the floor, missing a three point attempt and the Norse escaped 59-56.

Oak Hill vs Northfield
03-02-12 6 p.m. at N. Manchester, Ind./Manchester H.S.
At N. Manchester, Ind./Manchester H.S.
NORTHFIELD 59, OAK HILL 56
OAK HILL (13-8)
Jace Martin 8-12 0-1 19; Ryan Spaulding 6-11 0-0 12; Derek Durkes 2-5 2-3 6;
Joel Garverick 3-5 0-0 6; Seth Sallee 3-9 0-0 6; Michael Moffitt 2-2 0-0 4;
Matt McDivitt 1-4 0-0 3; B.J. White 0-1 0-0 0; Wes Mann 0-2 0-0 0. Totals
25-51 2-4 56.
NORTHFIELD (20-3)
Ryan Keaffaber 6-15 10-11 25; Chad Glasscock 3-5 4-7 11; Collin Dawes 3-6
1-3 8; Dustin Echard 3-5 2-2 8; Ryan Givens 2-2 3-9 7; Cody Gibson 0-0 0-0
0; Ethan Stouffer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-33 20-32 59.
Oak Hill......................   11   14   10   21  -   56
Northfield....................   10   12   14   23  -   59
3-point goals--Oak Hill 4-16 (Jace Martin 3-4; Matt McDivitt 1-2; Derek
Durkes 0-3; Seth Sallee 0-2; B.J. White 0-1; Wes Mann 0-1; Ryan Spaulding
0-3), Northfield 5-10 (Ryan Keaffaber 3-6; Collin Dawes 1-2; Chad Glasscock
1-2). Fouled out--Oak Hill-Derek Durkes; Seth Sallee, Northfield-None.
Rebounds--Oak Hill 31 (Joel Garverick 6; Seth Sallee 6), Northfield 20 (Ryan
Givens 7). Assists--Oak Hill 11 (Joel Garverick 4), Northfield 10 (Collin
Dawes 4). Total fouls--Oak Hill 23, Northfield 7. Technical fouls--Oak
Hill-None, Northfield-None.
IHSAA 2A Sectional 37 semi-finals

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