Prep basketball: Warriors stuff Knights in second half

Jan 25 2013 - 11:09pm

LAYTON -- Like a bad meal, Northridge's shots inside kept coming back up, as Weber blocked them time and again.

Following a key defensive adjustment at halftime, the Warriors took control of this Region 1 showdown and knocked out the Knights 59-45 on Friday evening.

"We made a defensive switch in the second half that got us more help in the paint," said Weber coach Mark Larsen. "My assistant coaches (Mark Hansen and Cody Lafeber) talked me into it. We put Jordan (Jones) on a different guy that let him stay inside and give us a chance to stop them."

"When we got stops, that got us going and we got some transition baskets. All week getting ready for the game, we only spent 15 minutes on offense, everything else was spent on the defensive end," Larsen said.

Trailing 26-19 at the break, Weber went on a 20-2 run that extended into the fourth quarter and outscored the Knights 40-19 in the second half.

"It's my personal belief that the most important part of the game is the first four minutes of the second half," Larsen said. "This time our focus lasted a little longer and we held them to five points in the third quarter. You're going to win a lot of games if you do that."

Hayden Schenck led the Warriors with 28 points, including 11-of-12 from the free throw line, while Garrett Beckey added 16 points and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Weber was a sizzling 19-of-21 from the foul line for the night.

"They all count the same, but this was our biggest win of the season. Syracuse got us last week at home and we knew if we were going to stay in it, we had to have this one; Northridge is a really good team," Larsen said.

Preston Christensen scored 19 for the Knights, 17 in the first half, but only had two free throws in the second stanza when Weber took away the middle of the court. Jesse Armitstead checked in with nine points on a trio of 3-pointers, all in the fourth quarter as Northridge became one dimensional from the outside.

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