CEDARVILLE — A lack of intensity in the first half put the Cedarville Indians in a difficult position, leading to their third loss of the season against Northeastern on Friday night to a score of 59-51.
“The first quarter and first half really killed us,” Cedarville head coach Ryan Godlove said, “just the intensity, level of aggressiveness and confidence that we came out with, so that’s something that we’ve definitely got to take care of. Obviously, it hurts, you know, but hopefully we learned a lesson that we’ve got to come out with the same intensity that we finished with.”
The Northeastern Jets came out hard and competitive, just as Godlove said he knew going into the game they would. Senior guard Daniel Lenk scored six points in the first quarter to help put the Jets ahead 16-9 after the first quarter. Northeastern extended this lead to 15 points halfway through the second quarter before two consecutive three-pointers by Cedarville seemed to spark the Indians at least for a short time. The Jets went into halftime with a 35-23 lead, sinking 10 of 12 free throw opportunities in the half.
In the first four minutes of the third quarter, Cedarville was able to outscore Northeastern 9-4, closing the Indians’ deficit to five points. With this offensive attack, the Indians were able to close out the frame with the Jets ahead 43-37.
Cedarville was able to bring the game as far as within four points, but accuracy behind the charity strip ensured the win for Northeastern, who took the game 59-51, scoring a total of 22 points in free throws.
Cedarville’s Hudson Grant had the most points of the game with 18, which included two three-pointers. Nick Wiseman led the Jets with 15 points, while Lenk finished with 14, 10 of which came in the first half. Junior guard Storm Shoemaker also made it into double digits for Northeastern with 10 points.
Though the win in itself is all a coach can ask for, Northeastern head coach Chad Mossing said that it was made better by knowing that the game represented something bigger—a way for his team to honor Cady Reed, a 2012 Northeastern High School graduate who was killed in a car accident on Sunday.
“I do think the whole school is affected, our boys are affected,” Mossing said. “I knew they really wanted to get a win for Cady and her family and that situation. But you could tell there was a glossiness to their eyes, so I think they were excited to get a win.”
In addition to wanting to win the game for Reed, the Northeastern cheerleaders all wore pink, cheetah print bows and some Jet basketball players placed pink tape at the heels of their sneakers to honor her. Also, at the end of the game, Cedarville junior varsity cheerleader Liz Chenoweth presented some of Reed’s family members with signs she had made and had the Northeastern cheerleaders sign.
Chenoweth, who played softball with Reed and knew her well said after the game: “I thought that she should be appreciated at our game with signs that are ‘Hearts for Cady’ because I knew she was a great girl and I wanted to support her and her cheerleading team.”