NAPPANEE — Early in the season and with an inexperienced roster, NorthWood girls basketball coach Steve Neff will take a win any way he can get it.
NorthWood shot just 38 percent from the field and dealt with senior Taylor Olson’s foul trouble, but overcame both for a 57-49 win over Bremen Thursday night.
“We’re going through some growing pains, and I’m happy because they kept their heads,” Neff said. “And (Bremen) has a nice, scrappy team and they’re going to win some games this year.”
Bremen, which was outscored by an average of 40 points in the teams’ last four meetings, led at halftime and more than kept it close against the sixth-ranked team in Class 3A.
“In the second half we just couldn’t put the ball in the hole,” Bremen coach Marty Huber said. “The girls played hard the whole game and there’s a lot to be proud of. They never backed down and were in it until the end.”
Bremen’s Lerin Studt had nine points in the first quarter, and Kailee Feldman nailed a 3-pointer a few feet inside mid-court at the buzzer to tie it at 14-14 going into the second period.
“I didn’t think it was going to be good because I thought the buzzer went off,” Huber said of Feldman’s heave as time expired. “But we’ll take it. It’s good to be lucky sometimes.”