The Northwood girls basketball team lost its chance for consecutive undefeated regular seasons Thursday, but the Evergreens weren’t hanging their heads after their 36-32 loss to Ashland.
“We lost a tight game against a very good opponent,” said Northwood coach Jason Schultz. “We had trouble being patient offensively.”
Northwood also struggled with fouls, as two players fouled out and the Evergreens ended the night with 20 team fouls.
Northwood led 8-4 after the first quarter, and the game was tied 16-16 at the half. Ashland outscored the Evergreens 13-8 in the third quarter to take the lead and fought off a Northwood rally in the final minute of the game to win.
The close defeat was a letdown for Northwood, but a greater loss came when senior Annie Block hurt her knee early in the third quarter and was forced to leave the game. Block was Northwood’s leading scorer last season when the Evergreens advanced to the Division 4 state tournament.
“She is going in for further tests soon, and we are hoping for the best,” Schultz said.
Ashley Block led Northwood in scoring with 10 points, followed by Sarah Benson with seven and Annie Block with six. Teagen Harings added five points for the Evergreens, and Deanna Scheller and Erica Goettl each had two points apiece.
For Ashland, Annika Whiting led the team with a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
“Whiting in an excellent player,” Schultz said. “We couldn’t contain her, especially on the glass and off the dribble.”
Northwood (0-1) plays its first home game of the season Thursday against Central Lakeland Conference opponent Clear Lake.