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02/21/2014 - BOYS BASKETBALL: ROCKETS UPSET NO. 5 NORFOLK


By Jeff Motz
LincolnPrepSports.com


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.
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