By Ron Nunnari – Rnunnari@aimmediamidwest.com
CLAYTON — A game that started late ran long due to a plethora of fouls Friday when Northmont played a non-conference game against Meadowdale of the Dayton City League.
Both teams combined shot a total of 52 free throws. Northmont converted on 23 of 32 free throw attempts while the Lions sank 10 of 20.
The Lions quickness and ability to come up with steals and force turnovers enabled them to walk away with an 83-63 victory to hand the Thunderbolts their eleventh straight loss.
The Thunderbolts couldn’t handle Meadowdale’s press early in the game to fall behind 18-4. The Lions came up with four steals to score three baskets and a pair of free throws early.
“You can’t start the game off that slow and fall behind by 14,” said Northmont coach Shane Kincer. “Playing from behind you have to change your strategy and your style of play, so we tried to press a little bit and Meadowdale did a great job of breaking the press and turned their opportunities into layups and easy shots at the the other end of the floor and it just kept expanding.”