LOGANSPORT – After a strong showing in the first half, Northrop was overpowered by Carmel in the second half of the Class 4A regional semifinal, falling 58-42.
The game started as well as the Bruins could have hoped for. While the Greyhounds threw away the ball and missed shots, looking nothing like a team that had won 22 games, Northrop (16-9) remained collected, quickly building an 11-3 lead.
Although Carmel (23-1) regained some of its mojo by the end of the first quarter, Nick Haines hit a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Bruins back up by five before the buzzer.
Northrop padded its lead in the second quarter, opening with a 7-0 run to pull ahead by as much as 21-9. Sydney Curry and the Bruins controlled the paint, and by halftime Curry had seven points and was outrebounding the Greyhounds single-handedly, 9-6.
But Northrop's 24-16 halftime lead quickly disappeared in the third quarter, as Carmel's John Michael Mulloy opened the second half with two old-fashioned 3-point plays. Robert Fry tied the game for the first time on a layup, and Karsten Windlan hit a bucket that gave the Greyhounds a 28-26 lead, their first since early in the first quarter.
Although the score remained close through the end of the third quarter, the Bruins never really recovered from the 10-0 Carmel run. The foul trouble that had followed them all game caught up with Northrop in the fourth quarter, when two players fouled out (Curry and Nick Haines finished the game with four fouls each), and the Greyhounds scored 12 of their 18 points at the foul line.
Curry finished his final high school game with 12 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks. Qualen Pettus led Northrop with 14 points.
Windlan was the Greyhounds' leading scorer with 19 points, while Andrew Owens scored 13 and Mulloy scored 11.