Norris splits basketball games
Titan teams defeat Plattsmouth, lose against Grand Island Northwest
By The Voice News - December 7, 2017
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Norris students cheer on Michael Wardy’s dunk against Grand Island Northwest. Unfortunately, Wardy was called for a technical on the play.
FIRTH – The Norris boys and girls basketball teams started the 2017-18 season with a split in their opening games at Plattsmouth and at home against Grand Island Northwest.
The Norris boys (1-1) defeated Plattsmouth 52-30 on Friday night while falling 56-51 to Northwest on Saturday.
“We have things we need to clean up and simplify,” Norris head boys basketball Adam Brill said. “That is on me as the coach of this team. Our kids’ effort was very good. We are a young team that will continue to get better together.”
Against the Vikings, Norris jumped out to a 4-0 lead on baskets by Mike Wardy and Tyler Ruhl before Northwest finally got on the board at the 5:02 mark. A three-pointer by Carter Terry sparked a 7-0 run by the Vikings as they went up 7-4.
Ruhl finally broke a four minute scoring drought by Norris with a free throw with 1:50 left in the first quarter to cut the deficit to 7-5.
Wardy then made an acrobatic dunk to tie things at seven with 33.7 seconds left in the first quarter, but on the play he was called for a technical foul for pulling himself up on the rim. The technical also meant Wardy was assessed a personal foul, which would come into play later.
Northwest’s Terry hit two technical free throws to give the Vikings a 9-7 lead after one quarter.
Each team scored a hoop in the opening minute of the second quarter before Wardy was whistled for his second foul at the 6:53 mark.
After falling behind 13-9 with Wardy on the bench, the Titans actually went on a 7-0 run that included two free throws by Marcus Kennedy, a basket by Jay Knudsen and a three by Skyler Schwaninger to regain a 16-13 lead with 5:17 left in the second quarter.
Northwest then outscored the Titans 14-2 the rest of the first half to take a 27-18 advantage to halftime. Three different Titans missed free throws that could have cut into the lead in the final 2:02.
The Titans scored the first four points of the second half on free throws by Knudsen and a hoop by Wardy to get within 27-22.
Norris continued to trail 31-26 after an offensive rebound and putback by Hayden Huenink with 4:13 remaining in the third quarter. The Titans then went scoreless for 3:10 as Wardy and Huenink each picked up their fourth fouls.
The Titans trailed 39-28 after three quarters. Northwest’s lead grew to 45-32 two minutes into the fourth quarter.
The Titans closed to within 48-42 on an offensive rebound by Boe with 3:08 left in the game.
On the ensuing Northwest possession, Boe knocked the ball away from the Vikings’ dribbler but Northwest was able to jump on the ball and call timeout.
Northwest then went on a 4-0 run as the Titans failed to score for two minutes. Harrison Boe hit two three pointers in the final 33 seconds to make the score closer.
“Tip the cap to Grand Island North West,” Brill said. “They finished around the rim and played well enough defensively to win the ball game. Anytime you go 8-31 on paint shots and layups 6 to 8 feet and in you will be in a little bit of trouble. The other side of that is we are getting to the paint and the foul line. The shots will fall and so will the free throws.” Scoring leaders were Wardy with 13, Knudsen with 12, Boe with eight, Schwaninger and Huenink with five each, Ruhl with four, Aiden Oerter and Marcus Kennedy each with two.
On Friday at Plattsmouth, Norris jumped out to a 14-7 lead after one quarter. The lead grew to 29-17 at halftime.
“Defensively we did some nice things,” Brill said. “Anytime you go into half giving up 17 points, and the final being 30 points you are doing things well on that end of the floor.”
Plattsmouth outscored Norris 9-7 in the third quarter to get within 36-26 after three quarters.
Norris then outscored Plattsmouth 16-4 in the fourth quarter to start 1-0.
“This was our first varsity regular season game for six out of our top nine players,” Brill said. “You could tell there were some nerves from those players.”
Scoring leaders were Wardy with 17, Ruhl with 13 points, Boe with six points, Oerter with fives points, Schwaninger, Kennedy and Misko all with three points and Huenink with two points.
The Norris girls also came out of the opening weekend with a 1-1 record.
Norris opened its season with a 60 -18 win against Plattsmouth last Frday.
Scoring leaders were Rylie Bryant with 13, Brianna Stai with 12, Taryn Tracy with 10, Nyah Chambers with eight, Molly Ramsey with five, Michaela Boon and Kalli Kroeker each with four and Maddy Ramsey and Valerie Gabel with two each.
Stai pulled down a team-high six rebounds, followed by Tracy with five, Molly Ramsey and Chambers with four each, Maddy Ramsey and Brittany Florer with three each.
Assist leaders were Bryant with five and Maddy Ramsey with three.
On Saturday, Norris fell 56-47 to Northwest.
The Lady Titans, who are the defending Class B state runners-up, jumped out to an early 11-7 lead behind five points by Molly Ramsey, four points by Tracy and two by Gabel in the first 4:10 of the first quarter. Norris continued to lead 16-11 after a three-pointer by Boon and took a 16-14 lead into the second quarter.
The Lady Titans built their lead back up to 23-18 on a hoop by Bryant with 4:54 left in the second quarter. However, Northwest outscored Norris 9-2 the rest of the way to lead 27-25 at halftime.
Northwest then opened the third quarter with a 5-0 run to go up 32-25. The Lady Titans would only manage a field goal by Stai and six free throws in the third quarter in falling behind 41-33 going into the final quarter.
The Vikings continued the momentum to start the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run to push its advantage to 49-35 with 3:46 remaining in the game.
The Lady Titans then went on an 8-0 run sparked by Gabel’s six points and Stai’s two free throws to get back within 49-43 with 2:32 remaining.
Norris got within five points at 51-46 on a three by Maddy Ramsey with 1:35 left, but the Lady Titans were outscored 5-1 down the stretch.
Gabel led Norris with 13 points, Maddy Ramsey and Stai each scored 10, Tracy chipped in five, Bryant tallied four, Boon hit three and Molly Ramsey totaled two points.
Rebound leaders were Stai with 10 and Gavel with five.
Assist leaders were Molly Ramsey with four, Maddy Ramsey and Tracy with three each.
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