LINCOLN – Norfolk will be battling for a State Championship Saturday after a dominant performance over the defending State Champs.
It was a slow start in quarter one, with Norfolk outscoring the Packers 8-7. The Panthers were able to pick things up in the 2nd Quarter, almost doubling Omaha Souths points at 13-7, thanks in part to a pair of 3 pointers from Logan Strom, and one more by Christian Eisenhauer.
Coming out of the half, Norfolk hit stride quickly, knocking down three shots from behind the arc and outscoring the Packers 19-14, before Logan Strom fired up a [this] three-quarters court shot to increase the lead to 15 heading into the 4th.
With Omaha South starting guard Tristan Anderson fouled out of the game, the momentum from a 15-2 run at the end of the 3rd Quarter proved to be too much for the Packers to overcome, as both teams finished with 10 points in the final 8 minutes.
Coming into the game, Strom says a big portion of the game plan focused around containing Aguek Arop in the paint.
“He’s a hell of a player, we’ve gone against each other for 4 years now, and I got nothing but respect for him. He’s a tough matchup to guard, and also to play defense against. I though it turned out well,” says Strom.
Strom led Norfolk with 21 points on the evening with three 3-pointers.
“I thought Logan did a great job, and part of the reason we wanted to go zone was to keep him in the middle to rebound the basketball, and came up with a lot of them. Hit some big shots for us when we needed it,” says Norfolk Head Coach Tony Siske.
Eisenhauer also knocked down three 3-pointers, while Tyson Price and Lane McCallum each hit one.
“It’s been our dream ever since we we’re little. We got to trust in each other and this whole summer we just bought in to what coach Siske was saying, and so I think it’s no surprise that we’re here and we’re ready to compete tomorrow,” says Strom.
Norfolk will play Papillion-La vista for the State Title at 6:30 p.m. in Pinnacle Bank Arena. The two teams haven’t faced each other since the first game of the year, where Papillion won in double overtime. This is Norfolk’s first visit to the State Championship since 2010.
Omaha South (19-7) 7 7 14 10 38
Norfolk (22-4) 8 13 22 10 53
Omaha South: Anderson 3, Glover 12, Saunders 9, Donald 3, Arop 9, Pesek-Hickson 2
Norfolk: Eisenhauer 12, Price 8, Larson 4, McCallum 3, Kluver 4, Hagedorn 1, Strom 21