The Northwestern High School girls basketball team fell behind early to the Barron Golden Bears Thursday in Maple, but a 17-point effort in the fourth quarter brought the Tigers within seven before Barron made seven free throws to earn the 47-35 victory.
The loss dropped NHS to 2-8 overall and 1-4 in the Heart O’ North, while Barron improved to 10-2, 4-1.
Barron started the game with a turnover but quickly found its range from at the arc and took control. Courtney Smith got the Bears started with a 3-pointer from the left wing, and a 3-pointer from Afton Kuehndorf put Barron up 6-1.
Northwestern did not have a field goal in the first six minutes of the game. Kelcee Janigo made the Tigers’ first shot from the field when she got the ball under the basket to make it 8-3, but Northwestern went scoreless the rest of the quarter to trail 11-3.
Two free throws to start the second quarter pushed the Bears’ lead to 10, and the Tigers’ cause was hurt further when Janigo picked up her third personal foul and headed to the bench.
Northwestern made its first points of the second quarter about three minutes in, but Barron answered on the next possession with a 3-point to keep its lead in double figures, 18-5.
At halftime the Bears led 22-11.
In the third quarter, Smith bolstered Barron’s lead with a trio of 3-pointers as the Bears led by as many as 19 points.
Northwestern made up some ground in the fourth quarter when Janigo and Katy Konczak hit back-to-back 3-pointers. The Tigers then forced a Barron turnover on a charging call, and Konczak made it 39-28 with a shot inside. Konczak then cut the lead to nine with a turnaround, and Liz Urbaniak sunk a mid-range shot on the right side to make it 39-32.
Barron ended its scoring drought with a pair of free throws on the shooting bonus and added two more on the next possession, as the Tigers picked up their ninth team foul.
Northwestern was forced to foul the rest of the way, and Barron made 4-of-6 free throws in the last minute.
Northwestern 3 8 7 17 — 35
Barron 11 11 15 10 — 47
The Northwood boys basketball team lost a close match with New Auburn Tuesday in Minong, 59-55.
The Evergreens scored just seven points in the first quarter against New Auburn and spent the rest of the game trying fight their way back.
Brian Albano had 22 points for Northwood and Nick Murray added 16. Keanan Franco and Austin Meyer chipped in with five points apiece.
Northwood shot just five free throws in the game.
Northwood’s lack of free throw opportunities was a reversal from the Evergreens’ fortunes Friday, when Northwood was 21-for-26 from the line in a 66-35 victory over Prairie Farm.
Murray led the Evergreens in scoring against Prairie Farm with 22 points, including 10 straight free-throws in the fourth quarter. Brad Ross had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, Albano had 12 points and Gage Harwick also reached double figures for Northwood with 10 points.
The Evergreens are now 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Central Lakeland Conference.
The Evergreen boys and girls both play Shell Lake in a doubleheader today. The girls varsity game begins at 6 p.m., and the boys game follows at 7:30 p.m.