Norfork sweeps Viola in 1A-2 North play

Norfork sweeps Viola in 1A-2 North play


Norfork sweeps Viola in 1A-2 North play


Norfork’s Marleigh Dodson shoots over Viola’s Amanda Martin, left, and Destiny Crawford during the Lady Panthers’ 55-30 victory over the Lady Longhorns on Tuesday night at Norfork.

Norfork’s Marleigh Dodson shoots over Viola’s Amanda Martin, left, and Destiny Crawford during the Lady Panthers’ 55-30 victory over the Lady Longhorns on Tuesday night at Norfork.

NORFORK — Norfork’s defense stymied Viola into two shooting droughts to start both the second and third quarters, and the Panthers held on for a 53-47 victory over the Longhorns in 1A-2 North Conference action Tuesday night at Bobby D. Hulse Gymnasium.

Viola turned a 7-3 deficit into a 17-11 lead with a 14-4 run in the first quarter, sparked by eight points – including two 3-pointers – by Trevor Himschoot.

The Longhorns pushed their lead to 17-11 on a trey by Dalton Lund, but Norfork rallied to within 20-17 on a 3 at the first-quarter buzzer by Grant Casey.

The Panthers tied the score on a trey by Travis Lewis to begin the second quarter, and Norfork regained the lead at 21-20 on 1 of 2 free throws by Wyatt Chapman.

A Jordan Rhymer bucket capped a 6-0 run for Norfork, and Viola did not score in the second period until the 3:32 mark, when Himschoot scored to make it 23-22. The Panthers scored six straight again for a 29-22 advantage, but the Longhorns rallied within 30-25 by intermission.

Viola’s drought to begin the third quarter lasted even longer than its slump in the second. The Longhorns did not score until the 3:26 mark, but Norfork was able to score only twice in that span, taking a 34-25 lead.

Dalton Brown ended Viola’s drought with a jumper, but Norfork responded with six straight from Chapman for its biggest lead of the night at 40-27.

The Longhorns didn’t go away, though, scoring seven straight, capped by two free throws from Alex Waltrip, for a 40-34 score. Another 3-pointer by Lund brought Viola within 42-37, and after another bucket by Chapman, Himschoot buried a trey from the top of the arc to bring the visitors within 44-40 with 4:24 remaining.

Norfork stretched the lead back to seven at 48-41, but Viola responded again, drawing within 48-45 on Himschoot’s fifth trey of the night, with 1:46 left. Chapman and Lewis combined to go 3 of 4 from the foul line to push the lead to 51-45, and Viola never pulled closer than four the rest of the way.

Himschoot led all scorers with 27 points, while Chapman and Lewis paced Norfork with 22 and 14, respectively.

The Panthers return to action Friday when they travel to Lead Hill for nonconference play.

LONGHORNS (8-7, 2-2)

Himschoot 27, Lund 9, Waltrip 5, Brown 5, Martin 1.

PANTHERS (9-7, 2-3)

W.Chapman 22, Lewis 14, Casey 8, C.Chapman 3, Belding 2, Rhymer 2.













Lady Panthers 55,

Lady Longhorns 30

Norfork used a 15-2 lead to open the game and an 11-2 run to end the first half in rolling to a league victory.

Marleigh Dodson and Abbie Belding scored five apiece, and sophomore Matty Dillard hit her first of three 3-pointers on the night as the Lady Panthers surged to a 15-2 lead to open the game.

Norfork led 15-4 going into the second quarter, but Viola climbed as close as 18-10 on a 3-point play by Satara Bassett with 4:05 left in the half.

The Lady Panthers responded with eight straight, going up 26-10 on a basket by Dodson. Dillard’s third trey of the half gave Norfork a 29-12 halftime advantage.

Norfork stormed out of the locker room with a 13-0 run to put the game away. Ivy McGowan and Riley Scalf each buried treys, and Dodson scored for a 37-12 lead. Belding converted a 3-point play and added two more free throws to cap the run and give the hosts a 30-point lead at 42-12.

Norfork led 48-20 after three quarters and invoked the running-clock mercy rule with 2 of 3 free throws by Summer Sisco with 5:04 remaining.

Belding and Dodson led Norfork’s balanced attack with 10 points each, while Dillard and Scalf added nine apiece.

Emily Perryman led Viola with 13 points.


Perryman 13, Crawford 7, Martin 5, Bassett 5.

LADY PANTHERS (13-5, 4-1)

Belding 10, Dodson 10, Scalf 9, Dillard 9, Staples 4, Irby 3, I.McGowan 3, P. McGowan 3, Sisco 2, Gaskin 2.













Jr. Lady Panthers 34,

Jr. Lady Longhorns 31

Viola rallied all the way back from a 28-19 second-half deficit to knot the score, but Norfork received six points from Kinley Stowers down the stretch to put away the Junior Lady Longhorns.

Viola led 6-5 after one quarter before Norfork rallied for a 16-14 halftime lead and a lead as big as 28-19 in the third after back-to-back scores from Macy Dillard.

The Junior Lady Longhorns rallied within 28-24 to end the third and knotted the score at 28-28 with 3:20 left on a bucket by Sammi McCandlis. Stowers scored to put Norfork back on top with 2:40 left, and the freshman hit two free throws with :22.4 left for a four-point lead.

McCandlis converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with :13.6 left to bring Viola within one, and after Stowers missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Junior Lady Longhorns missed a long shot with :04 left. Stowers added two more foul shots with :00.9 left.

Dillard and Stowers paced the Junior Lady Panthers with 16 points each, and Kynzie Rangel added two.

Braidlyn Fierce led Viola with 16 points, while McCandlis added 13 and Carly Sanders notched two.

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