The Northwest girls basketball team put their own twist on “survive and advance” on Tuesday night, pulling out a regional semi-final win over Marshall, 43-42. The Mounties entered the contest 21-1 on the year, but two of those wins were narrow victories over Marshall. The Redhawks have been playing well, and are always a dangerous team in March. Marshall jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, but Northwest was getting good looks and stuck to the plan. The Mounties were able to fight back for the remainder of the quarter, and went into the second quarter down just one. Despite the offensive struggles, we were able to lock down defensively in the second quarter, and took a 24-19 lead into half time.
The Mounties were able to gain slight control of the game in the third quarter, thanks to great minutes from Brooklynne Bevier and Morgan Hanchett. The Redhawks refused to go quietly though, and answered every Northwest run. The fourth quarter was back and forth, and went down to the final possession. Marshall got two looks in the final 5 seconds, but were unable to score, giving the Mounties the 43-42 win. Our usual scoring leaders were pressured by Marshall, and we had some kids step up to help us win last night. Our defensive effort was outstanding, other than a few transition looks throughout the night for Marshall. Sydney Shafer scored 8 points. Brooklynne Bevier added 7, including the game winner on an offensive rebound. Taryn Hendershot scored 7, Morgan Hanchett 6, MJ Caster and Carsyn Sleight 5, and Ella Bontrager 4. The win moves Northwest to 22-1, and a trip to the regional finals against Fowlerville. The Gladiators are 19-5, and beat Charlotte on Tuesday to advance. The game is Thursday at Williamston High School. The tip is set for 6:30 PM. The support of Mountie Nation has been amazing, and we hope to see all of you Thursday!