GLENS FALLS — Northville had everything going its way early in the second quarter of Wednesday's Section II Class D boys' basketball semifinal with Argyle.
The Falcons had used some slick interior passing, their height advantage and an extended 3-2 zone to forge a 13-point advantage.
Then, just like that, the game took a turn the other way.
Argyle's Peyton Lufkin sparked a 23-4 run to close out the half, and Northville's postseason nemesis never relinquished the lead afterward in a 71-59 victory at Cool Insuring Arena.
"My guys left everything on the floor," Northville coach John Karbowski said. "When a team shoots like that, what can you do?."
Argyle (No. 3 seed, 14-8) sank four of its 15 3-point baskets in the second-quarter flurry that, according to Scots' coach Matt Stevens, was a by-product of defense.
"They were finding guys open, and we switched it around a little bit," Stevens said. "We started in a 3-2 [zone] and got out of it quick. The difference was when we went men. We put a little pressure on them and it fueled our offense."
Northville (No. 2 seed, 13-9) opened the second quarter with a 7-0 spurt and led 27-14 before Lufkin nailed a short jumper and then a pair of 3s. Lufkin had 15 points in the 23-4 run including a late layup that had his team up 37-31 at the half.
"That spurt hurt," Karbowski said. "We turned the ball over a couple of times, and in a game like this, it changes the game."
Lufkin finished with 27 points to give the senior 2,072 for his career, and Derek Liddle had 22, with the sophomore going 6-for-9 from 3-point territory.
"All of the teams we play are bigger than us," said Stevens, whose Scots went 15-for-32 from beyond the arc. "We spread the floor and try to knock down shots."
Argyle hit a trio of threes in the first quarter, but Northville's solid inside work anchored by senior Jason Ellsworth and sophomore Wyatt Sira led to a 20-14 lead. Ellsworth and Sira capped Northville's 7-0, second-quarter run soon after with hoops down low.
"They were putting it to us," Stevens said.
"Early on we were executing very well," Karbowski said. "We got sloppy offensively."
And Argyle began to string buckets on the way to beating Northville for the fourth consecutive time in the Section II tournament since 2014.
"Early on we were guarding the 3-point line," Karbowski said. "Later on we were a step slow. Maybe we were tired. I don't know."
Northville got as close as four at 50-46 late in the third quarter when Sira converted a 3-point play.
Argyle opened the fourth quarter with a 15-4 spree that featured five 3-point hoops, two apiece from Liddle and Tyler Humiston.
"We had it within four," Karbowski said. "I knew if we could get a couple stops, we could go inside. We didn't get those stops."
Northville was denied a spot in the Class D final that it last appeared in, and won, in 2008.
Ellsworth finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds [Northville outrebounded Argyle 36-28], Sira delivered 18 points, and Daniel VanNostrand had 11 points and six boards.
Northville last beat Argyle in the Section II tournament in 2009, and the Scots topped the Falcons in postseason play in 2014, 2015 and 2017 before doing it again Wednesday. Argyle's last area championship came in 2017 when it beat Northville in the semifinals and then Fort Ann.
"We'll get back to work and try to get back here," Karbowski said.
Argyle will meet North Warren (No. 1, 20-2) in Saturday's 11 a.m. Class D title game at Cool Insuring Arena. North Warren beat Germantown (No. 5, 12-10) on Nate Hopper's buzzer-beating 3-pointer 64-61.
ARGYLE 71, NORTHVILLE 59
Argyle 14 23 13 21 — 71
Northville 20 11 15 13 — 59
Argyle scoring: Lufkin 9-6-27, Ingram 3-0-9, Liddle 8-0-22, Humiston 2-0-6, Frost 1-0-3, Wood 1-2-4.Northville scoring: Morgan 0-1-1, Frank 3-2-8, Ellsworth 8-5-21, Sira 7-3-18, VanNostrand 4-0-11. Scoring totals: Argyle 24-8-71, Northville 22-11-59.
NORTH WARREN 64, GERMANTOWN 61
Germantown 14 15 12 20 — 61
North Warren 8 20 19 17 — 64
Germantown scoring: Eaton 6-4-18, Mayr 2-1-5, Bathrick 7-0-18, Anderson 3-5-11, Rifenburgh 2-1-5, McKinney 1-0-2, Mollo 1-0-2. North Warren scoring: Jennings 0-2-2, Miller 1-0-2, Steen 1-2-5, Hopper 5-0-12, Girard 8-6-23, Genreau 2-0-4, Dunkley 4-8-16. Scoring totals: Germantown 22-11-61, North Warren 21-18-64. .