By Ron Nunnari – Rnunnari@aimmediamidwest.com
CLAYTON — After a disastrous first quarter when Northmont found itself trailing visiting Trotwood-Madison 17-0 the Thunderbolts regrouped and slowly clawed their way back into the game.
Northmont cut the Rams lead to one point by the end of the third quarter but couldn’t catch the break it needed as Trotwood-Madison escaped with a hard-fought 76-73 victory.
The Thunderbolts dug themselves a huge hole early by not following the game plan. After a timeout with 3:55 left in the first quarter Jabari Perkins scored Northmont’s first points of the evening.
“That first three minutes we kind of dug ourselves a hole,” said Northmont Coach Collin Abels. “I called a timeout and I said, ‘Guys… we haven’t done what the game plan told us to do. Do what the game plan tells you to do and let’s see what happens.’ From that point forward we outscored them by 14 points.”