Panthers power past CHS boys

December 15, 2018

Columbus High boys hopes to finally break the hold Norfolk has held on the basketball court since 2007 were dashed Friday at home in a 56-33 loss to the Panthers.

Thanks to two big first-half runs, Norfolk jumped out to a 13-point first quarter lead, led by 18 at halftime and was never seriously threatened the rest of the way while winning for a 16th time in a row against Columbus.

CHS hasn’t had a win in the series since a 44-41 victory on Dec. 28, 2007. In each of the last 12, counting Friday, Norfolk has won by double digits.

Initially, at least, it was a back-and-forth contest until midway through the first quarter. Norfolk scored the first four points followed by Landon Thompson’s hook shot in the lane and Ernest Hausman making 1 of 2 at the line.

A Norfolk hoop, Garrett Esch jumper, Panther 3 and another Thompson shot had Panthers leading 10-7 with less than four minutes in the first frame.

Then it unraveled.

Norfolk finished the quarter on a 10-0.

Blake Edzards put a stop to it with a make early in the second quarter then sank two at the line after Norfolk did the same, but the visitors then went on a 9-0 run to extend the advantage to 31-11. Columbus could only claw back as much as 35-17 by halftime.

A sloppy third quarter by both eventually ended with Norfolk up 50-28. The gap remained at 20 or more the rest of the way.

Edzards and Thompson led Columbus with eight each.

The Discoverers dropped to 2-4 with the loss while the Panthers improved to 1-3 after opening the season with losses to three straight ranked Class A foes.

Scotus Girls 38, Pierce 32: The Scotus girls won for a third straight game behind 13 points from Camille Pelan and 10 by Abbie Zoucha.

Zoucha came up big in the foruth quarter with six of her total. Scotus led 9-7 after the first, 17-15 at half and 26-20 heading into the fourth.

Pierce stayed in striking distance with four makes from 3-point range in the final eight minutes.

Scotus Boys 49, Pierce 36: Caden Pelan led with 13 points while Bryce VunCannon scored 11 snapping a two-game skid for the Shamrocks.

SCC opened 11-6 in the first quarter and led by 10, 30-20 at halftime. A 13-7 quarter in the third put it away.


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