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Norfork stops Izard County

Thursday, November 13, 2008

GOING BY: Sarah Taylor drives to the hoop Nov. 7 against Norfork. Photo/Mullins
Norfork successfully defended Panther Pavilion against a Cougar attack Nov. 7, as both the Panthers and Lady Panthers beat Izard County in the 1A-2 North Conference openers for both schools.

The Lady Panthers edged the Lady Cougars 45-40 to start the evening, before the Panthers ended the night with a 48-32 victory over their guests from Izard County.

In girls' action, Norfok placed just three players in the scoring column, but two of those, Candace Wimsatt and Anna Cantrell, teamed up to toss in 38 of the Lady Panthers' 45 points in the game.

Wimsatt knocked down four 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 20 points, while Cantrell made her mark in the paint, kicking in with 18 points for Norfork.

Izard County, down three near the end of the third period, had a chance to tie the game at 29-all, but a trey at the buzzer missed the mark, leaving the Lady Cougars with a three-point deficit heading into the fourth.

Izard County logged just two field goals in the last eight minutes of the game, but strong work at the charity stripe kept the Lady Cougars within striking distance. Izard County shot nine-of-10 from the free throw line in the fourth period.

Sarah Taylor (eight points) hit seven of those charity tosses, and a pair from the senior pulled Izard County within two, 37-35, with a little over three minutes left in the game.

Cantrell missed the front end of a one-and-one with a minute left to play, but she came up with the miss and put it back in to give the Lady Panthers a 45-38 lead.

Trisha Arnold hit a jumper with 20 ticks left, but that wasn't enough, with Norfork holding on for a five-point win. Arnold led Izard County with 15 points.

Norfork used a strong push late in the first to grab a 12-8 advantage after one.

Cantrell rattled off three straight buckets in the lane for the Lady Panthers, before Izard County cooled the 6-0 run with back-to-back buckets from Kristen Doty (six points) and Arnold.

But Cantrell flashed a deft touch from behind the 3-point arc with a triple that gave the Lady Panthers a 12-8 advantage heading into the second frame.

Izard County's defense warmed up a bit in the second and the Lady Cougars held Norfork to just five points in the stanza.

On the offensive end of the floor, Izard County closed the book on the first half with a nice 10-zip burst.

Rachel Harmon (seven points) started the run with a pair of free throws, followed by a putback from Yoyo Preston. Arnold knocked down four consecutive free throws and Harmon ended the spurt with a pair, giving Izard County a 19-17 lead at intermission.

Norfork quickly jumped back in front in the third, via a 9-0 run, keyed by seven straight points from Wimsatt.

Though Izard County continued to fight and was only down three after three, the Lady Panthers managed to keep enough distance to win.

Kaylee Cooper tallied two points for the Lady Cougars.

In the boys' contest, Izard County kept things close for two-and-a-half periods, until Norfork got clicking and held the Cougars off.

The Cougars trailed by a single point, 8-7, after a free throw from Ryan Walker late in the first. Walker paced the Cougars with seven points.

However, Norfork scored the last five points of the first to take a 13-7 lead into the second period.

And in that second period, the Panthers ripped off three straight buckets to climb on top 19-7.

Izard County responded with a jumper from Charlie Feher (four points), a 3-ball by Gage Wolford and a shot at the buzzer from Walker that edged the Cougars within 19-14 at intermission.

In the third period, both teams struggled putting the ball in the hole, but Norfork overcame this and opened some breathing room and led 31-22 after three.

Scoring problems continued to plague the Cougs in the fourth, with Izard County's first points in the frame coming on a pair of free throws from Caleb Cowan (four points) with 3:18 left to play. At that point, Izard County was in a 43-24 hole.

The Cougars' first field goal of the fourth was a triple by David Peck with two-and-a-half minutes left and Norfork went on to post a 48-32 victory.

Trey Killian led all scorers with 10 points for the Panthers.

Ethan Porter tallied four points for Izard County. Gerrick Smith, Robert Dorzbach and Jed Yarnell finished with two points apiece. Antonio Sucha posted one point for the Cougars.

In junior boys' action, Izard County topped Norfork 54-34.

The junior Cougars were down 13-11 after one, but used a 22-3 run to take control of the game.

Trenton Hatman scored 15 points for Izard County, with Preston Harmon adding 14 and Jordan Everett 12.

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