NC girls go to break with a win

December 23, 2018

WINNEBAGO — The Norfolk Catholic girls used a strong second half to turn away Winnebago here Friday night, 47-36.

The Knights were only up four at the end of the first two frames but caught fire just enough in the third quarter to grab a lead and finish the game.

“Going into the break, it’s great to come out with a win here,” Norfolk Catholic coach Tim Kassmeier said. “We took care of the basketball better here tonight and, hopefully, it moves us forward down the road.”

Norfolk Catholic was clinging to a 24-22 lead with 6:20 to go in the third before grabbing a 27-22 lead.

A three from Hanna Neesen made it 30-25 and the Knights got a stop for the chance to increase the lead.

“Winnebago can score from anywhere and we were aware of that all night,” Kassmeier said. “I was happy the way we kept playing hard and kept taking the ball to them.”

The Indians made it 30-25 with a three before Neesen canned a 12-foot jumper on a fast break.

Anna Kassmeier made a nice move in the paint to increase the lead to 34-25 with 43.7 seconds left before the final stanza. Jayla Price then hit a pair of free throws just under six seconds later to make it 34-27.

The Indians had a chance to cut the advantage before the third-quarter buzzer, but Norfolk Catholic stopped Winnebago and the frame ran out with the Knights still up by seven.

“This was a great game for us,” Kassmeier said. “We got some points just when we needed them and we played great defense all night.”

Mary Fennessy led the Knights with a dozen points in a very balanced Norfolk Catholic attack.

Neesen added nine points while Anna Kassmeier chipped in seven.

“We’ve been having more kids step up every game,” Tim Kassmeier said. “We have a lot more work to get where we want, we’ll keep getting better and better — now we need to finish games.”

Finishing was not a problem in Winnebago as the Knights kept the heat on to win the final quarter 13-9 to come away with the 11-point win.

“It’s nice to go into the break with a win like this,” Kassmeier said. “We’ll try use this momentum when we come back to keep improving.”

Norfolk Catholic moved to 3-5 on the year while Winnebago dropped to 2-5.

Norfolk Catholic 10 14 10 13 — 47

Winnebago 7 13 7 9 — 36

NORFOLK CATHOLIC (3-5): Carly Marshall 3 0-0 8; Anna Neuhalfen 0 2-4 2; Hanna Neesen 2 4-4 9; Anna Kassmeier 3 1-1-4 7; Mary Fennessy 6 0-2 12; Emily Faltys 1 0-0 3; Hayden Wolf 1 4-6 6.

WINNEBAGO (2-5): Jayla Price 5 7-8 18; Tia Yellow Thunder 1 0-2 3; Shaylee Kearnes 0 0-2 0; Madeline Cleveland 2 3-5 7; Kae Earth 3 1-2 8.

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