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Northwood boys rips Lakeland

NorthWood rolled past Lakeland, 71-45 in a 3A boys basketball sectional game played Wednesday night in Syracuse.

The Panthers used a 20-5 spurt at the start of the contest to put the Lakers in a hole they could never climb out of. NorthWood led 33-13 at the halftime break and 52-35 after three quarters.

Will Stueve rattled home 21 points to pace the Panther offense. Jonathan Wilkinson netted 18 markers before leaving the tilt with a leg injury.

Daemyn Priestley’s 10 points topped the Lakers, who end the campaign 7-14. Marco Olivares chipped in nine points and both Chandler Mynhier and Brant Betts had eight.

NorthWood (19-2) advances to the semifinal round of the sectional this Friday. The Panthers will take on Tippecanoe Valley (17-3), which edged host Wawasee, 46-44 Wednesday evening.

Two NECC rivals, Fairfield (12-8) and West Noble (17-5), square off in the opening semifinal at 6 p.m. The Falcons received a first-round bye while the Chargers advanced with a 63-30 pounding of Whitko Tuesday night.

The semifinal winners return to Wawasee Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to play for the sectional title and a spot in the 3A regional a Blackford set for March 15.

GAME SUMMARY

NorthWood 71

Lakeland 45

Scoring by quarters

      LL     5     8    22    10     -45

    NW   17   16    19    19     -71

Lakeland

Daemyn Priestley 4, 0-2, 10; Eric Herber 2, 0-0, 4; Tanner Oakley 1, 0-0, 2; Dustin Cunningham 1, 0-0, 2; Marco Olivares 4, 1-1, 9; Chandler Mynhier 3, 2-3, 8; Josh Collyer 1, 0-0, 2; Brant Betts 3, 0-0, 8; Totals 19, 3-6, 45

Three-point field goals 4 (Priestley 2, Betts 2); Rebounds 16 (Mynhier 4 Betts 4); Steals 4 (Herber 3); Assists 2 (Herber 2); Turnovers 14; Team Fouls 10 (Fouled Out: None)

NorthWood

Will Stueve 10, 1-2, 21; Jonathan Wilkinson 8, 0-0, 18; Kyle McCoy 4, 0-0, 9; Tanner Farmwald 1, 0-0, 2; Zach Zurcher 4, 0-0, 8; Travis Bear 1, 0-0, 2; Cam Simpson 0, 0-0, 0; Dakyrion Fox 3, 0-2, 6; Vincent Miranda 2, 0-0, 5; Trey Bilinski 0, 0-0, 0; David Eshelman 0, 0-0, 0; Chad Sellers 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 33, 1-3, 71

Three-point field goals 4 (Wilkinson 2, McCoy 1, Miranda 1); Rebounds 29 (Stueve 6, Wilkinson 6); Steals 9 (McCoy 4); Assists 21 (McCoy 7); Turnovers 11; Team Fouls 11 (Fouled Out: None)