Norfolk boys and girls basketball swept in doubleheader
Norfolk High boys basketball appeared poised for an upset Saturday night, but a late scoring run lifted Lincoln Pius X (14-1) over the Panthers (5-9) at Norfolk High School, 66-59.
Norfolk and Pius traded blows through the first three quarters, tying 18-18 through the first. Pius was able to build a 36-32 halftime lead, but then Norfolk took over in the third and early fourth quarter to build a 57-52 lead with only minutes remaining.
Pius took the game over from there, ending the game on a 14-2 run, and Norfolk’s sole basket in that stretch was a layup with seconds remaining.
“We were making them work for their points, and then we gave them a few,” said Norfolk head coach Tony Siske. “They turned up the pressure defensively and we didn’t handle it very well. We turned it over and gave them easy buckets.”
Siske said Pius is a good team and the Panthers did well throughout the game, but were unprepared for the late surge.
“We had them on the ropes,” Siske said. “And we as coaches have to prepare (the team) better for those situations, to be able to close out games like this.”
Norfolk kept pace early with a strong first half performance from Luke Kluver, who scored 12 of his 15 total points in the first half. Kluver shot 5-of-6 from the field and also scored hit 5-of-6 on free throws.
Cameron Eisenhauer also lead the Panthers with 15 points and Connor Clayton scored 14.
Pius was lead by 17 points from Charlie Easly.
Siske said Norfolk’s early success was due to both aggressive offensive play that allowed them to get to the foul line and good spacing allowing shooters to get open.
The Panthers made 7-of-13 from the foul line and finished shooting 54 percent from the field, including 8-of-20 from the three-point line. But 10 turnovers proved costly.
“We need to do a better job of being strong with the basketball and meeting passes in these kinds of situations,” Siske said. “We have to get used to taking care of the basketball.”
Norfolk’s next game is at Papillion-La Vista next Thursday.
Norfolk High girls’ basketball (3-11) also fell to Lincoln Pius X (11-3) Saturday, 57-35.
After a strong first quarter, Norfolk trailed 13-10, but then the Thunderbirds pulled away and never looked back, building a 26-13 halftime lead and steadily outpacing the Panthers the rest of the way.
Pius was paced by Alexis Markowski with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jillian Aschoff added 11 points and Jadyn Greisen scored 10.
Gabby Ruth lead all Norfolk scorers with 12 points, followed by Chelsea Strom with 7.
Norfolk will travel to Papillion-La Vista (15-1) next Thursday looking to break a three-game losing streak.
Norfolk vs. Lincoln Pius X (boys)
Lincoln Pius X (14-1)- 18 18 13 17 -- 66
Norfolk (5-9)- 18 14 20 7 -- 59
Lincoln Pius X: Kolbe Rada 10, Charlie Easly 17, Holton Harman 7, Mitchell Sebek 10, Austin Jablonski 16, JP Miller 3, Tayden Gentrup 1, Kyle Kluth 3. Total: 66.
Norfolk: Luke Kluver 15, Connor Clayton 14, Cameron Eisenhauer 15, Tate Brudigan 2, Tyson Stelling 6, Isaac Heimes 3, Cooper Caskey 2, Cale Strong 2. Total: 59.
Norfolk vs. Lincoln Pius X (girls)
Lincoln Pius X (11-3)- 13 13 14 17 -- 57
Norfolk (3-11)- 10 3 13 9 -- 35
Lincoln Pius X: Matti Reiling 4, Miriam Miller 2, Jillian Aschoff 11, Clare Lewandowski 4, Lauren Taubenheim 5, Julia Wordekemper 3, Jadyn Greisen 10, Adila Hamdan 1, Kloee Sander 4, Alexis Markowski 12. Total: 57.
Norfolk: Jordyn Schommer 5, Alex Ruth 4, Chelsea Strom 7, Gabby Ruth 12, Karly Kalin 4, Anden Baumann 2, Leah Petty 1. Total: 35.