Waverly's Adam Jorgensen (10), left, watches his half-court shot attempt in the air as time expires against Norris on Friday night. (Jeff Motz/LincolnPrepSports.com)
By Jeff Motz
FIRTH---A.J. Flodman hit a three-pointer from the left corner to help his Norris basketball teammates secure redemption from a week ago.
The senior guard's three pointer with four seconds left gave the Titans a 46-45 victory over Waverly Friday night.
Flodman received a pass from Jake Peterson, who was driving to the basket and found him open in the corner for what became the game winning shot.
Waverly had an opportunity to inbound the ball with 2.7 seconds left, but a midcourt shot from Adam Jorgensen was off the mark as the buzzer sounded. Norris (6-2) earned the victory a week after losing to the Vikings in the Waverly Holiday Basketball Tournament championship game 56-52.
Down the stretch, Waverly (6-3) had a 45-43 lead with 1:39 left in the game after Brandon Janssen went 1-for-2 at the free-throw line. Derek Janecek and Jorgensen each missed the next four attempts, which could have secured the victory.
Norris rallied from a 29-21 halftime deficit to close the gap to 33-32 after three quarters. But Waverly got a boost from senior guard Erik Evans, who scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter before fouling out with 2:57 to play.
Flodman led the Titans with 13 points, while Logan Dorn and Dylan Bohlke each added 11 points in the victory. Sam Tewes added 12 points for Waverly, all from three-point range. Jorgensen scored all of his 12 points for the Vikings in the first half.
Norris girls 39, Waverly 37
A late attempt by Waverly to win and tie the game failed, as Norris earned their second victory over the Vikings in as many weeks.
After a pair of Alix Bryant free-throws with 7.9 seconds left, Waverly inbounded the ball to Cierra Tjaden, who heaved a shot from mid-court that bounced off the rim and her follow through under the basket hit the side of the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Norris outscored Waverly 14-2 from late in the second quarter through the third quarter, before the Lady Vikings responded with a 10-0 run behind a pair of three-pointers from 6-3 junior center Olivia Boender.
Bridget Bucher led the Titans with 13 points. Boender had a game-high 20 points to lead Waverly in the loss.