The varsity girls basketball team had an Interstate 8 showdown Tuesday night, with conference foe Coldwater. The Cardinals shot the lights out, en route to a 71-61 victory. The Mounties lead late in the first quarter, before a Coldwater basket evened things up going into the break. In the second quarter the Cardinals continued to knock down what seemed like every shot they took, and opened up a 30-24 lead at the half. The barrage continued in the third quarter, but Northwest continued to respond to each Coldwater run. The Mounties closed the gap to 4 points with 3:30 remaining, but were not able to fight all the way back in this one.
Sydney Shafer scored 22 points, and had 5 assists. Jozie Bontrager played solid defensively, and added 10 points. Morgan Hanchett chipped in with 9, and Brooklynne Bevier 8. Baileigh Ryan added 6 points and 3 rebounds, while Mallory Anspaugh dropped in a 3 and grabbed 6 boards. Megan Swartz and Mary Crowley rounded out the scoring, with 2 and 1 respectively. The Mounties continue to work through a number of areas, and will be ready for a rematch later in the season. The next outing for the varsity girls is on the road Friday at Hastings. The girls game tips off at 6 PM, followed by the varsity boys.