- BOYS BASKETBALL: ROCKETS UPSET NO. 5 NORFOLK
By Jeff Motz
Lincoln Northeast found a groove and felt no pressure on Hall of Fame night.
The Rockets picked up momentum and kept No. 5 Norfolk out of reach in the second half to earn a 68-56 upset Friday night at the Ed Johnson Gym.
The Panthers had a 14-11 lead over the Rockets and would never retain it the rest of the game.
Northeast (10-12) used the 1-3-1 zone to force Norfolk to shoot from outside. When shots didn't fall, Northeast would grab the rebound and respond.
Outsized, Northeast relied on their quickness and got a boost from Connor Springman, who scored a career and game-high 34 points, while connecting on 9 of 10 three-pointers. Springman hit 19 points in the first half and helped the Rockets to a 35-28 lead.
Norfolk (19-3), with a much taller lineup, lost the rebounding battle 39-31. The Panthers started to capitalize in the third quarter and got as close as 45-43 in the third quarter, by finishing on a 6-0 run capped by a Taylor Reedy three-pointer.
Tyler Hagedorn finished with 23 points for Norfolk, who pulled to within two again at 51-49 with 5:02 remaining. Northeast countered with an 8-0 run on baskets from Springman and Payton Helmstadter, who finished with 19 points.
Reedy helped Norfolk with 16 points.
NORTHEAST GIRLS 64, NORFOLK 42
Northeast (18-4) improved with a solid win at home. The Rockets were without 6-3 senior center Toni Tupper for much of the game, due to an ankle injury in the first quarter.
That's didn't phase Northeast, as they went on a 22-8 third quarter scoring run 10 of her 16 points in the win. Morgan Ewing led the Rockets with 18 points.
Jaycee Bradley had 16 points to lead Norfolk.