Posted On: 01/19/18 12:15 PM

Red Wing came into this week 11-1 and rated 7th in Class AAA statewide. But, by Thursday, they came into #4AAA-rated Northfield in a bit of a funk after a surprising 53-37 loss at Rochester Mayo. And the funk not only continued, it got a lot worse, as Northfield’s defense completely stifled the Wingers to hand them their 2nd straight loss, 63-46. “We tried to make a statement,” said Northfield coach Tony Mathison, “and I think we did tonight with our effort.”

Northfield defeated Red Wing by just one point in December but the Raiders are doing “everything” better now. “We’re taking care of the ball better,” Mathison said. “And, we preach defense. Every coach does. Championships are won with defense, and I just like where we’re at.”

Northfield, possessing tremendous size, was able to pound the ball down low almost at will. As a result, 6-0 junior Rachel Kelly scored 12 points for the Raiders. 6-3 senior Annika Hoff and 6-1 senior Annalee Olson Sola each scored 6. 6-0 wing Emma Carlson scored just 2 points, but put it all together and Northfield shot enough layups to shoot 59 percent from the field.

Northfield point guard Grace Touchette ran

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