MIDDLEBURY – All good things must come to an end.
Such was the case with the winning streak for the NorthWood girls basketball team Thursday.
The Panthers dropped a tough 35-33 final to Lake Central in their second pool play game of the day in the Bankers Classic hosted by Northridge.
NorthWood, which had extended its winning streak to eight straight games with a 51-41 win over Columbia City earlier in the day, falls to 12-3 on the season.
The Panthers led 10-9 after the opening period before the Indians took a 15-13 halftime lead. Lake Central led 23-22 at the end of the third period and then outscored NorthWood 12-11 in the final frame for the narrow win.
Senior Taitlyn Trenshaw, who had a career high 27 points in the win over City, led NorthWood with nine points.
Savannah Feenstra scored eight points for the Panthers. The duo of Mackenzie Bergman and Riley Hershberger each finished with six points. Nicole Flickinger and Madison Payne each added two points.
The difference in the game came down to the three-point line. Lake Central drained four triples in the contest, while the Panthers had just one from distance.
Junior Lauren Smolen had nine points and senior Kylie Fehrman eight to pace Lake Central in the win.
Host Northridge, led by Brooke McKinley, notched a pair of wins in pool play. McKinley canned 29 points as the Raiders beat Andrean 64-42 and had 22 points in a 56-45 victory over Portage. Northridge improves to 16-1 on the season.
NorthWood will conclude pool play on Friday versus South Bend Adams at 11:30 a.m. The other pool in the eight-team event includes host Northridge along with East Noble, Andrean and Portage.
The third and fourth seeds in each pool will play at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The top seeds and the number two seeds in each pool will then meet at 4:30 p.m.