Evergreen girls claim third Central Lake Conference title
By: Emily Kram, Superior Telegram
MINONG — The Northwood girls basketball team wrapped up its third straight Central Lakeland Conference title Monday night with a 70-32 victory over the Cameron Comets.
The Evergreen girls shared the title with Clayton in 2009 and then won it outright in 2010 and this season.
Northwood (18-3, 11-0) ends the regular season Thursday with an away game at Clayton and then opens regional play March 8 with a home game against Lac Courte Oreilles.
Against Cameron Monday night, the Evergreens forced their opponents into turnovers on their first two possessions and took a 5-0 lead less than a minute into play. Northwood added to its lead to claim a 14-1 advantage and ended the first quarter allowing Cameron only one free throw and one field goal.
In the second quarter, the Comets gave Northwood a scare by stymieing the Evergreens’ half-court game and going on a 9-0 run to close to 19-15. During the stretch, Cameron repeatedly picked off Northwood’s attempts to pass the ball inside.
But the Evergreens reestablished their lead behind the efforts of senior Ashley Block, who drew a foul and completed a three-point play to put Northwood’s lead back to seven and then found fellow senior Erica Goettl cutting from the weak side to make it 24-15.
Block and Goettl teamed up again on the next possession, as Block tipped the ball away from a Cameron player for the steal and Goettl finished with a layup.
“My dad told me that we (seniors) have only lost one game on our home floor, so I didn’t want to lose this game,” Block said.
Northwood then added a flurry of six points in 30 seconds to go up 30-15, and topped off its 14-0 run with a 3-pointer from junior Teagen Harings.
In the third quarter, Northwood extended its lead to 30 points for the first time, and Cameron wasn’t able to close the distance in the final period.
For seven girls on the Evergreens squad, Monday marked their final home game of the regular season. Seniors playing for Northwood were Annie Block, Ashley Block, Bailey Burns, Goettl, Jenna Melby, Sara Radzak and Deanna Scheller.
“It’s kind of sad, but it’s really exciting that we ended it in a good way,” Ashley Block said.
Leading the Evergreens in scoring was Annie Block with 20 points. Ashley Block added 17 points and half a dozen steals, while Scheller had 13 points and five blocks.
Goettl added eight points for Northwood, Morgan Block had five, Harings had three, and Radzak and Melby added two points apiece.