CLAYTON — Northmont had no answer for Central Buckeye Conference powerhouse Tecumseh and its triple scoring threat of Lindsey Nartker, Corinne Thomas and Presley Griffitts.
Nartker, who is averaging 21 points per game, scored 23 Monday night while Thomas also notched 23 and Griffitts 18 as the Lady Arrows scored a 77-53 victory. With the win Tecumseh improved to 11-2 overall while Northmont fell to 6-6.
The Lady Bolts were led by Erin Mangen and Denissa Sly with 12 points each. Mangen knocked down a trio of 3-point baskets in the first quarter, but Tecumseh adjusted its defense and shut her down in the second and third quarters and limited Mangen to a single basket in the fourth period. Sly, who accounted for 10 points in the third quarter, got lifted toward the end of the quarter after fouling Thomas.
With Sly out of the lineup Northmont only managed nine fourth quarter points. Thomas, who accounted for all five of Tecumseh’s 3-point goals, knocked down a pair of treys in the final period.
It didn’t help that most Northmont players appeared to want to get rid of the ball after just a few dribbles.
“We definitely struggled just catching the ball in general today and holding onto it,” said Northmont Coach Bethany Kincer. “We got a little too quick with how we were trying to play. I told them to be fast but not quick and to take care of the ball and we didn’t take care of the ball very well. We boxed them out and kept them off the boards but we couldn’t knock down shots when we needed them, especially in the first half.”
Ryanne Stoffel played aggressive early on and scored four first quarter points but Nartker began to dominate inside the paint to neutralize her effectiveness. Overall the Lady Bolts held their own rebounding with 35 to Tecumseh’s 36. Anna Mangen led Northmont with seven rebounds.
“Tecumseh made their shots and we didn’t make ours,” Kincer added. “We had good shots but they didn’t go in. We needed to take care of the ball a little better and knock down our shots.”
The Lady Bolts have been notorious slow starters most of the season and fell behind 14-5 in the first quarter before Erin Mangen nailed three consecutive 3-pointers to cut Tecumseh’s lead to 16-14 by the end of the first stanza. Alexia Payne tied the game 16-16 in the opening seconds of the second quarter and Northmont held its own to trail 35-27 at halftime. Tecumseh blew the game open it the third quarter opening up a 17 point lead at one point to take a 56-44 lead into the final quarter.
The road ahead doesn’t get any easier as Northmont will host Greater Western Ohio Conference first place team Wayne on Wednesday. Wayne is 11-1 overall.
“Wayne is going to be a very tough opponent,” Kincer added. “If we come out and knock down our shots and control what we can control and not worry so much about the refs or the stands, the other team or anything else and control what we can control we can compete with Wayne.”
TEC 16 35 56 77 – 77
NMT 14 27 44 53 – 53
Tecumseh: Allison Berner 4, Lindsey Nartker 23, Corinne Thomas 23, Danielle Franklin 9, Presley Griffitts 18. Totals: 29-14-77.
Northmont: Cory Mangen 6, Anna Mangen 4, Ashley Jones 2, Erin Mangen 12, Denissa Sly 12, Shalaya Heath 3, Ryanne Stoffel 8, Alexia Payne 6. Totals: 19-12-53.
3-point goals: Tecumseh 5 (Thomas 5); Northmont 3 (E. Mangen 3).
Records: Tecumseh 11-2, Northmont 6-6.