NorthWood boys basketball wins first state title in program history

Panthers defeat Guerin Catholic in overtime thriller
Published: Mar. 25, 2023 at 8:19 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (WNDU) - The NorthWood boys basketball team won its first state championship in program history on Saturday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, defeating Guerin Catholic 66-63 in the Class 3A State Final in an overtime thriller.

The Panthers (28-2) jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game and led by eight at halftime, but the Golden Eagles (20-9) came back with a vengeance in the fourth quarter and forced overtime.

However, NorthWood was able to take control in overtime, outscoring Guerin Catholic 14-11 en route to its first-ever state title in boys basketball and fourth state title in school history (two in girls basketball, one in football).

“It was a shame that somebody had to lose this basketball game,” said head coach Aaron Wolfe during the postgame press conference. “It was an Indiana high school basketball game, give Guerin Catholic tremendous credit. I thought that they made play after play, and we were just fortunate to make one more play at the end of the game than they did.”

The Panthers were led by Cade Brenner, who scored 28 points — 23 of which came in the first half.

“We were in third grade and we were practicing in The Pit (NorthWood High School’s gym),” Brenner reminisced after the game. “(Coach) Wolfe looked at us and said, ‘Look up there. This class, this year, in 2023, we’re going to hang a banner.’ It’s pretty crazy to look back on cause he said it a long while ago, and now it actually came true.”

Tyler Raasch and Ian Raasch added 14 points and 13 points, respectively, for NorthWood. For the full box score, click here.

The NorthWood community will welcome home the state champions with a celebration on Monday evening at The Pit. It takes place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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