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The Journal Gazette

Friday, March 03, 2017 7:38 pm

Snider drops Carroll, setting up rematch with North Side

MARK SCHUTTE | For The Journal Gazette

Snider wiped away eight years of tournament frustration Friday night, giving North Side the rematch it has been waiting for nearly three months to have.

The Panthers, who had not won a tournament game since making a run to the Class 4A state title game in 2009, defeated host Carroll 50-41 while the Legends beat Northrop 67-47 in the first Class 4A sectional semifinal, setting up a showdown at 7 p.m. today in Carroll Fieldhouse for the sectional title.

North Side, ranked No. 4 in 4A with a 23-2 record, has the impressive résumé; Snider (17-6) has the SAC regular season title, which included a 76-73 overtime win over North Side on Dec. 16.

“It should be fun. That’s why we do it, that’s why the coaches coach, why the players play,” Snider coach Jeremy Rauch said. “I’m expecting a great atmosphere, a good turnout. Two high-level teams. I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Although Rauch is in his first season at Snider, he was well aware that the school’s recent tournament drought.

“I’d say that stigma has been around,” he said. “Obviously with (seniors) Malik (Williams) and Jordan (Gordan), they know it because they’ve been around the program long enough.

“But this team is different. If the sectional itself doesn’t bring enough motivating factor to win there’s not much else. Just like (tonight), is North Side going to come in that much more motivated because we beat them? No, it’s the sectional final, that’s why you play.”

As it did in its 72-54 win on Jan. 27, Snider jumped on Carroll early with a smothering defense that made life miserable for the Chargers.

Carroll (13-10), the two-time defending sectional champs, missed its first 19 shots from the field, hitting its first basket with 1:41 left in the second quarter on a a 3-pointer by Jacob Redding.

Snider led 20-9 at intermission, thanks to Michael Barnfield, who scored 11 of his 16 points.

Williams, the Louisville recruit who was playing in front of Cardinals assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and David Padgett, then took over the third quarter with 12 points to help the Panthers build a 15-point lead.

Williams finished with 14 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.

Carroll rallied late, using a 9-1 run to put within 46-41 with 2:10 to play, but got no closer. Redding finished with 13.

In the opening game, North Side held Northrop to just two field goals in the first quarter build a 16-5 lead and then pulled away in the second half.

Jaylen Butz hit 7-of-8 shots and led the Legends with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Keion Brooks added 18 and 8.

Richard Robertson had a game-high 24 for the Bruins (11-11), including a 3-pointer in the final minute that pushed him past 1,000 career points.