Published Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:44 am
Titans make case for climb in ratings with rout of Thunderbolts

LINCOLN — As fast starts go, the Norris girls basketball team is off to a great one.

The Titans (3-0), ranked third in Class B, defeated second-ranked Lincoln Pius X 47-26 on Tuesday night. Three days earlier, Norris bumped off top-ranked Grand Island Northwest 56-47.

Those wins come just a few weeks after Norris won its first state volleyball title since 1991, with many of the same girls who are now playing basketball.

“Obviously the girls on both teams hate to lose,” Titans coach Mark Hagerman said. “We know the season is still young, but I'm proud of what our girls have accomplished.”

Norris, which opened the season Friday night with a 25-point win over Plattsmouth, led 16-4 after one quarter against the host Thunderbolts. Pius drew within five early in the second half, but the Titans outscored them 23-7 the rest of the way.

Junior Kylie Hohlen led Norris with 14 points, including 11 in the third quarter. Her sister Kasey had seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds before heading to the bench early in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle.

“She told me that she'd be ready to go tomorrow,” Hagerman said. “Hopefully she'll be OK.”

The game was tied 4-4 before the Titans went on a 12-0 run the rest of the first quarter. Senior Andrea Jameson scored seven points in the quarter and Kylie Hohlen sank a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

The Thunderbolts (1-1) outscored Norris 10-6 in the second quarter to pull within eight, and a pair of early third-quarter baskets by Nebraska recruit Maddie Simon drew Pius within 24-19. But a 3-pointer by Kylie Hohlen got Norris back on track, and the Titans headed to the fourth quarter holding a 40-23 advantage.

Norris slowed the tempo in the final quarter and junior Shalena Brown scored six of the Titans' seven points. The Thunderbolts played their reserves much of that final period and were held without a basket.

“It's a great start for us,” Kylie Hohlen said. “We were happy to get that title in volleyball, and we're hoping to get another one.”

The Titans have added motivation. They finished as the Class B runners-up in basketball last season, losing the championship game in double overtime against Grand Island Northwest.

“We can't get too carried away, because we know everybody is going to get better,” Hagerman said. “I know we still have a lot of things to work on, too.”

Jameson and Brown chipped in 11 points each for the Titans, who play Friday night at Elkhorn.

Simon scored 14 points to pace Pius, which returns to action Friday night against visiting Seward.

Norris (3-0) ........................ 16    6 18 7—47
At Lincoln Pius X (1-1) .......  4 10    9 3—26

N: Cassie Dauber 0-6 0-1 0, Emma Areman 1-3 0-2 2, Makaela Oltman 1-2 0-0 2, Kasey Hohlen 3-7 1-2 7, Andrea Jameson 4-6 3-3 11, Shalena Brown 2-6 7-7 11, Kylie Hohlen 5-9 2-2 14.

LPX: Tarin Van Slyke 0-0 1-2 1, Bailey Knobbe 0-6 1-2 1, Katie Rice 0-1 0-0 0, MacKenzie Helman 1-4 1-5 4, Baily Topil 0-1 0-0 0, Briahtia Sebek 0-4 0-0 0, Maddie Simon 3-9 7-10 14, Elise Wordekemper 0-2 0-0 0, Kennedy Sander 2-6 2-4 6, Becky Brokaw 0-0 0-2 0.

3-point goals: N 2-10 (Dauber 0-3, Areman 0-1, Ky. Hohlen 2-6), LPX 2-17 (Knobbe 0-4, Rice 0-1, Hemlman 1-3, Topil 0-1, Sebek 0-4, Simon 1-4). Rebounds: N 35 (Ka. Hohlen 12), LPX 26 (Sander 8). Total fouls: N 17, LPX 17. Turnovers: N 7, LPX 9. Field-goal percentage: N .410, LPX .181. Free-throw percentage: N .764, LPX .480.

Contact the writer: Mike Patterson    |   402-444-1350    |  

Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer.

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