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February 13, 2014

Kings' 2nd half comeback falls short at Northfield

Cass finisheswith eight wins in Burnett's first year.

WABASH — Lewis Cass’ girls basketball team had a spirited second-half comeback effort fall short in a loss to Northfield on Wednesday at the Class 2A Northfield Sectional.

An 20-point halftime deficit was too much for the Kings to overcome in a 47-41 loss to the Norsemen.

The Kings have to settle for an 8-12 finish under first-year coach Meranda Burnett. The eight wins are their most since Steve Ford’s final year in 2008.

Northfield (12-7) faces No. 8 Oak Hill on Friday.

The Kings trailed 24-4 at halftime after an ice-cold first half. They had a number of good looks at the basket that would just not fall. Northfield got to the line 21 times (hitting 10) in the half compared to Cass’ zero attempts.

But the Kings opened the second half with a 23-7 run and trailed just 31-27 after a Maci Maupin steal and bucket with 19 seconds left in the third quarter.

Burnett was happy with how her squad answered the bell to open the second half.

“I told them, that second half, that’s a tournament half. At halftime, I said we’re not blaming anybody but ourselves,” she said. “That second half was great. I had people step up.”

Northfield again utilized its height advantage, getting many second and third chances at the basket to build back up a 42-27 advantage midway through the fourth quarter.

“We weren’t at the right place at the right time. We weren’t finding a body when the shot went up,” Burnett said. “The second-chance shots hurt us tonight. It’s something we’ll definitely focus on after this season and in the summer time because it wasn’t just tonight, it was a reoccurring thing throughout the season. So we’ll definitely work on things like that, boxing out, better defense, better positioning, so that next year we don’t have to be in a situation like that.”

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