NAPPANEE — NorthWood’s defense was on top of its game most of the night as the Black Swish beat Jimtown 53-28 in non-conference action last Thursday night.
Between NorthWood’s pressure defense and the Lady Jimmies cold shooting resulted in a first quarter shutout for the Black Swish. Senior Maddie Schwartz and junior Morgan Olson led the defensive effort in the first quarter with two steals a piece.
Swartz and junior Taylor Fielstra got the offense rolling scoring the first two baskets of the game much to the delight of NorthWood Head Coach Steve Neff.
“I’ve been trying to tell them we’ve got to get those kinds of shots,” coach Neff said referring to needing a scoring threat other than Olson and senior Savannah Bley.
Olson contributed in all aspects of the game that first quarter scoring 13 points, 6-7 from the field and 1-1 from the charity stripe, pulling down four rebounds and handing out two assists to go along with the steals. This along with the defensive effort gave NorthWood (5-2) a 19-0 lead after one period.
It was midway through the second quarter before Jimtown was able to break the seal. Two free throws by junior Joy Moore got Jimtown (3-7) on the board. Having no seniors on the roster, the Lady Jimmies showed their inexperience throughout the game; however they were a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line on the evening.
Jimtown managed only one field the entire first half as the Black Swish took a 25-6 halftime lead. NorthWood caused 10 Lady Jimmie turnovers in the first half with the tenacious defense.
The Lady Panthers cranked up the offense once again scoring another 19 points in the third quarter. Olson once again led the charge scoring 11 of her game high 30 points during the quarter.
With a 44-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter, Coach Neff had the luxury of getting everyone playing time.
“We got to play a lot of people; the last few games we got to play a lot of girls,” coach Neff said about being without sophomore guard Jordyn Frantz.
She missed the last two games with a concussion but will return for their game Saturday against NLC foe Plymouth.
Jimtown, although young, continued to play hard until the final buzzer as the last quarter was their best. Hitting both of their three pointers for the game the Lady Jimmies enjoyed an 18-point quarter.
“Gene Johnson has a young team,” Neff said of Jimtown’s youngsters. “They are working hard. They came back well that fourth quarter, they played tough, and they didn’t quit.”
Coach Neff said he was pleased with the majority of the game though the last quarter was a bit of a letdown for the Black Swish. “Overall it was a nice game, a nice road win,” coach Neff said after the game. “We lost our intensity in that fourth quarter.”
The Black Swish will be in action again Friday, Dec. 21 at home against South Bend Washington starting at 7:30 p.m. The ladies will play over Christmas break in the Banker’s Classic held at Northridge High School in Middlebury Thursday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Dec. 28. Tip times for those two games are scheduled for 10 a.m.
• NorthWood 53, Jimtown 28
NorthWood — Maddie Schwartz 3-4 0-1 7, Savannah Bley 3-8 1-2 7, Inger Yoder 0-5 0-0 0, Ashley Yoder 0-3 0-2 0, Taylor Fielstra 2-7 1-1 5, Taylor Stutzman 2-5 0-0 4, Morgan Olson 12-17 6-8 30
Jimtown — Logan Trosper 0-2 0-0 0, Joy Moore 0-2 2-2 2, Tori Henkler 1-2 0-0 2, Shawntel James 0-0 0-0 0, Ally Vicsik 4-9 2-2 11, Lindsey Stose 0-0 0-0 0, Maddi Beadles 3-6 0-0 7, Heather Bozman 0-2 2-2 2, Ali Brothers 2-3 0-0 4
Scoring By Quarters
NorthWood 19 6 19 9 — 53
Jimtown 0 6 4 18 — 28
3-point goals: NorthWood (1) — M. Schwartz; Jimtown (2) — Vicsik, Beadles.
Rebounds: NorthWood (30) – Olson 13; Jimtown (10) — Beadles 3.
Steals: NorthWood (10) – Olson 4; Jimtown (3) — Vicsik 2.
Records: NorthWood 5-2, Jimtown 3-7.
JV: NorthWood 43, Jimtown 16. Top scorers: NorthWood — Andrea Tuttle 11, Haley Roe 9; Jimtown — Shawntel James 6.