LINCOLN EAST (16-6) 51, NORFOLK (10-10) 42
The effects of a grueling, come-from-behind affair 120 miles away the night before showed for Norfolk late in their Saturday match-up with Lincoln East. After their overtime victory over Kearney on Friday, the Panthers faded late, surrendering a late two-point lead and falling to the 7th-ranked Spartans. Lincoln East used their size advantage in the first half, out-rebounding Norfolk 18-9 in building a 30-20 lead. But the Panthers, as they’ve done many times this season, fought back, outscoring East 16-7 in the 3rd quarter, then taking the lead early in the 4th on a Jenna Jochum three-pointer. But Lincoln East scored the next nine points, regaining a lead they would not surrender. Junior Regan Sankey led Lincoln East with 19 points, while Rachel Weber added 17 points and six rebounds. Senior Kyla Moore was the top scorer for Norfolk with 14, nine of which came from the free throw line. Jochum added 11 points, while Gabby Ruth came off the bench with nine points.
NORFOLK (17-3) 62, LINCOLN EAST (16-6) 47
There might not a more hot-shooting team than the Norfolk Panther boys right now. After shooting 71 percent from the field in a two-point loss to Kearney on Friday, the Panthers kept their torrid shooting streak going in the first half of their Saturday game against Lincoln East, hitting 8-of-9 from three in the first half, building a 40-18 lead at the break. Lincoln East tried pressuring Norfolk in the second half to get back into the game, but could no closer than 15 points in the 2nd half. Senior Logan Strom hit two three-pointers, finishing with 19 points and seven rebounds for Norfolk. Christian Eisenhauer added 12 points. Lincoln East was led by Pete Ackerman, who scored all 13 of his points in the second half.