“The game started out like both teams were going to score a ton, but the defenses settled in and it became a grind to score, especially in the third quarter,” said North Muskegon coach Charles Rypstra.
Oakridge raced out to a 18-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. North Muskegon outscored Oakridge 18-7 in the second quarter and took a 31-25 lead at the half.
“We were trying a different defense to start the game and Oakridge pretty much made us get out of it almost immediately as they scored at will early in the game,” Rypstra said. “We did get some stops and played well offensively during the second quarter.”
Points were hard to come by during the third period which saw Oakridge outscore North Muskegon 4-2 to close the North Muskegon lead to 33-29 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles once again held the upper hand in the final eight minutes, 11-10, but the Norse held on for the win.