The Bishop Luers girls basketball team's fourth-quarter comeback against Northrop on Friday was slow but steady.
The Knights entered the fourth quarter trailing the visiting Bruins by 10 points, but for the first few minutes of the final quarter the only change on the scoreboard came from three free throws by Bishop Luers senior Lydia Reimbold.
Then senior Kennedy Glenn, who had missed her first four 3-point attempts, hit her first trey of the night, and then followed with another basket to pull the Knights within two points. Reimbold finally tied the game and then took the lead at the free throw line, and the Knights held on for a 55-50 victory.
"Two games we've lost this year, against Columbia City and Bellmont, we got out-grinded," Bishop Luers coach Mark Pixley said. "And that was our theme all week, was grind, grind, grind, and we finally did it."
Reimbold scored 13 of her game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, nine of them from the foul line. Junior Delaney Bailey also hit a 3-pointer down the stretch, while senior Dori Javins hit both of her free throws as the Knights shot 11 of 12 from the line in the fourth quarter.
"Dori's been hurt for four games, coming back in basically her first game she hit some key free throws," Pixley said. "It was senior leadership throughout the whole game, and Kennedy kind of started that."
The Bruins (4-4) and Knights (7-3) had been tied at the end of the first and second quarters, but in the third junior TiAuna White and sophomore Amanda Thatcher started rolling for Northrop. White, who scored 10 of her 16 points and made all five of her shots in the third quarter, was continually able to cut right to the basket. Thatcher also couldn't miss during that stretch, scoring 13 of her 15 points in the third.
"All week we've talked about Luers pride and how we want to play as a team and play together, so we just said, hey, we need three stops in a row, we need to work together, and push back to get those 10 points," Reimbold said.
The Knights had just one previous win by a single digit-margin (51-46 over Huntignton , but the Bruins had emerged victorious from several close games so far this season, over DeKalb (38-33) and Bishop Dwenger (58-55), and beating East Noble 53-43 in overtime.
"This is going to help us, hopefully, at the holiday tournament, and then we have Manchester and Homestead," Pixley said. "(Northrop) is so well-coached, and they just keep attacking, attacking. I think we had a five or seven point lead, and they hit big shot after big shot. (Northrop coach Rashida Muhammad) does a great job over there with the Northrop girls."
Glenn finished the night with 13 points and Javins scored eight. J'Asia Scott scored nine points for the Bruins.
"It's a big confidence builder to know that our bench players can come in, everyone can come in and work hard and do their thing," Reimbold said. "It was a big confidence booster for the rest of the season."