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Posted On: 03/13/21 12:11 AM

Elkhorn 49 – Norris 33

These two groups faced off twice before this season, Norris winning both games by double digits. It was clear from the opening tip this one would be different, though. The length of the Elkhorn zone defense bothered the Titans for most of the night. Norris’ undersized point guard duo of Cade Rice Cade Rice 6'0" | CG Norris | 2021 State NE and Izaiah Pankoke-Johnson Izaiah Pankoke-Johnson 6'1" | SG Norris | 2021 State NE struggled to penetrate the zone early because their passing lanes were smothered. The shots they did get were often tough runners or desperate fadeaways once the offense stalled. At halftime Elkhorn led 22–4, and it was no fluke. Norris was playing loose with the ball and hesitant in their decisions, while their opponent was playing free and sharp.

Several of the most successful offensive possessions by the Titans resulted in a good look from three from Brayson Mueller Brayson Mueller 6'5" | SG Norris | 2021 State NE , but unfortunately for him and his team, he had possibly his worst shooting performance of the year.  Trey Deveaux Trey Deveaux 6'4" | PF Norris | 2021 State NE  was a bright spot for this Norris team, and did his best to keep this one close. He was a deterrent at the rim, punishing most who challenged him inside, and earning his team a few extra

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