Coming off their hard fought loss to the Marion Giants, the Mississinewa Indians faced another tough test in the Northfield Norsemen, who have been one of the top basketball teams in Class A all season long.
After a back-and-forth opening stanza, the Norsemen pulled away in the second quarter, taking a double-digit lead and never trailing again in a 54-37 victory over the Indians.
Mississinewa played well in the first quarter, taking a two point lead after the first eight minutes. But a combination of turnovers and lack of offensive production doomed the Indians, as the Norseman outscored the Indians 26-13 to assume control of the contest.
Northfield’s defense took over from there, allowing just 13 points in the second half to hand Mississinewa their third straight loss.
“Northfield is a really good team, and they are really consistent and disciplined,” Mississinewa Head Coach Omega Tandy said. “For the first time in a long time, we lacked that energy and focus and effort that normally bring in games. We would fight a little bit and then not necessarily maintain the focus that we needed to have in the game. We took a lump today, but we are looking forward to getting back to the gym tomorrow and cleaning up some of the things that we did wrong.”
Kelcie Thomson led the Norsemen with 18 points, while Ariel Dale scored 13. Stats were not readily available for Mississinewa.