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01/09/2015 - GIRLS BASKETBALL: Titans Hit Enough FTs To Hold Off Lady Vikes

By Jeff Motz

FIRTH---Class B seventh-ranked Norris rallied in the fourth quarter and hit some late free-throws to beat Waverly 41-38 in a girls basketball game Friday night at Norris.

The Titans (7-3) rallied from a 35-29 third quarter deficit to go on a 12-3 fourth quarter run and applied a full court press that caused fits for the Vikings.  In fact, Waverly's nine turnovers fueled Norris in the final period.  

Kylie Hohlen, who scored 10 points, started the Titan rally with a three-pointer and a layup on another possession.  Shalena Brown scored two of her game-high 14 points to give Norris a 36-35 lead with five-and-a-half minutes left.

Waverly (3-6) wouldn't go away, as Brianna Boender converted on a three-point play with 3:13 left to tie the game at 38.  Brown followed up with a pair of free throws with two minutes left that gave Norris a 40-38 lead.

Emma Areman sank one of two free throws with under 30 seconds left to ultimately seal the win.  

Norris led 16-15 after the first quarter, but both teams seemed to hit a rough patch offensively, when both combined to score of eight, second-quarter points, still with Norris ahead 20-19 at halftime.

Waverly junior forward Amanda Cook had a team-high 12 points in the loss.  She had six points in a pivotal third quarter for a 35-29 Viking lead, before the Norris rally.

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