Norwell 70, Woodlan 41

Norwell coach Randy Hawkins talks about big win on a tough day

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Woodlan’s Jaylin Bennett, left, drives the baseline against Norwell’s Austin Hayden during the first half of Friday’s game at Norwell.
Norwell 70, Woodlan 41

Knights burn bright with 3-point barrage

– 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.

“That’s our team, that’s 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 we’re 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 other’s at,” Bales said. “When we drive, we know that David’s going to be in the corner, Drew’s on the wing, we know where everybody’s 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.

“We’re a bunch of shooters. We don’t have a lot of size, so we don’t dominate the inside. So to equal that out, we’ve 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, we’re strong. We’ll get through things like this.”