Northfield’s Harris Takes Over Down The Stretch
The Faribault Falcons were ahead by seven points with about 2:30 to go in the game against the Northfield Raiders in Northfield on Tuesday night. This despite committing 22 turnovers and shooting 15 of 28 from the free throw line. But 6-foot-9 junior Luke Harris of Northfield took the Raiders on his back and carried them home to a 59-57 victory. Harris had 19 of his 25 points in the second half and hit a number of clutch shots down the stretch. He was also the only Raider to shoot free throws in the second half, going seven of eight and was nine of 10 for the game. After all of that, Faribault still got a chance at the final shot with a beautiful inbounds play with 1.9 seconds to go, and a open three-point attempt to win from the top of the key by senior Danny Ehlers just rimmed out. Northfield had a 27-22 lead at the half thanks in part to 15 first-half turnovers by Faribault. Faribault cut down on those in the second half and took the lead, but had a couple of crucial turnovers late and missed free throws that cost them in the end. The Falcons were led by 6-foot-2 junior Chase Ernste with 17 points and 6-foot-7 senior Devin Jandro added 12. They and Ehlers were our Faribault State Farm Insurance Agents Faribault Players of the Game. Ehlers had just three points, but clearly was a calming influence on his team and made a couple of outstanding defensive plays in the game. Northfield finished the game with 12 turnovers and made 14 of 16 free throws. They also tallied seven three-pointers to Faribault's three. The Falcons fall to 7-7 overall and 4-7 in the Big Nine and Northfield is now 11-4 overall and 8-3 in Big Nine action. Faribault heads to Rochester John Marshall on Friday night for a game that will be broadcast on POWER 96 Radio (95.9FM) while Northfield hosts Rochester Mayo.