OSSIAN – There was no parade for the Woodlan Warriors here Friday night. There was only the rain.
A rain of 3s, that is.
David Vogel buried the first one for Norwell three minutes in, Brent Bales soon followed with another, and by the time they were done, the Knights (15-5) had pelted Woodlan with 10 buckets from beyond the arc and left the Warriors (12-6) foundering in a 70-41 rout.
Thats our team, thats our makeup, Norwell coach Randy Hawkins said. We need to continue to do that the next couple games into our postseason, and, you know, just keep doing what were doing.
They did plenty of it Friday, dropping seven 3s in the first half to open a 16-point lead at the break that never got any smaller. Bales led the Knights with 21 points while Vogel went for 19 and four 3s and Drew Shively added 15.
We really rely on our outside shots, Hawkins said. We got David Vogel and Drew Shively and Brent Bales hitting tonight. Those three guys are shooting pretty well from the 3-point line, and Piercen (Harnish) does a great job of rebounding.
That is the Knights formula, after all.
I feel like we know where each others at, Bales said. When we drive, we know that Davids going to be in the corner, Drews on the wing, we know where everybodys at. We can get them a good look and they can go straight up and shoot it.
Piercen stays inside and the rest of us are out around the perimeter driving and kicking, looking for open shots.
Were a bunch of shooters. We dont have a lot of size, so we dont dominate the inside. So to equal that out, weve got to hit shots from the outside.
Friday night, that was a mission accomplished from the start.
Norwell never trailed after Vogel dropped that first 3, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead. Woodlan hung around briefly, however, and it was still a two-point game at 16-14 after Jeffrey Jones, who led the Warriors with 10 points, began the second quarter with a bucket.
But another 3, this one from Shively, kicked off a 7-0 run for Norwell, and the Warriors never saw anything but the Knights receding taillights again. The Knights scored 20 of the last 26 points of the half, and the lead reached as many as 33 points in the second half as Woodlan, which plays for the ACAC title tonight, liberally substituted.
For Norwell, meanwhile, it was a bright spot in a difficult day. Both teams and their supporters were led in prayer at midcourt after the final buzzer in remembrance of Norwell junior Heather Reynolds, who passed away on Thursday.
Heather and her family are in our prayers, Hawkins said. As a community, were strong. Well get through things like this.