SOUTH WHITLEY — The Lady Wildcats basketball team came into Saturday looking for its third win in a row. Northfield was looking for its fourth victory in five tries.
Unfortunately for Whitko, the Lady Norse achieved their goal, mounting a double-digit comeback to beat the Lady Wildcats, 59-47.
Jordan Hall got Whitko on the board early with an inside basket before the Northfield hit four straight from the foul line to take a 4-2 lead.
The Lady Norse scored 4-of-8 shots from the line in the first quarter, stemming from six Lady Wildcat fouls.
In Whitko’s favor, Northfield was only able to convert six (43 percent).
The teams traded the lead three times until they found themselves knotted at 15 points with five minutes remaining in the half.
Micaela Sylvester got herself to the line and hit both from 15 feet to re-take the lead.
The teams headed for the locker room with Whitko enjoying a double-digit lead, 31-21. The second half was a much different affair.
Hall began the third as she did the first, producing points for the Lady Wildcats and extending their lead to 13.
Whitko didn’t score for the next four minutes.
Olinske, who led Whitko with 17 points, opened the final eight minutes with a shot from the 20-foot radius for three points.
Whitko’s three starting guards (Olinske, Sylvester and Reiff) each fouled out midway through the final period.
The three have combined for 627 of the Lady Wildcats’ 824 points on the season (76.1%), posing a major offensive deficit for Whitko.
Unlike its first half struggles from the line, Northfield went 10-for-12 down the stretch from the charity stripe.
The Lady Wildcats drop to 8-9 having just gotten to .500 on Jan. 17.
Whitko visits Fort Wayne Canterbury Tuesday.