The Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Fighting Cardinal basketball team was riding a four game win streak into Tuesday night’s home game against the Cisne Lions hoping to add to this streak.
This game started out very balanced for both teams on both ends of the court but as the first quarter would close it would be NCOE clinging to the two points advantage, 13-11. Second quarter action was just as intense for both teams as they appeared to trade baskets but this time it would be the Lions coming out on top, 13-12, to find NCOE leading by a mere point at halftime, 25-24.
Following halftime, NCOE made some adjustments on the defensive end and held Cisne to just six third quarter points compared to their own 12 points. This six point run allowed NCOE to extend their advantage to seven points heading into the final stanza of play. This fourth and final quarter went back to the way the first two of the ballgame were with both teams trading baskets. Although the Lions would top the Fighting Cardinals for the second time in the contest, the NCOE lead was too much to overcome as they held on to claim the 45-40 victory and extend their win streak to five games.
Jack Riggs was the leading scorer for NCOE (11-12) with 21 points followed by Brandon Skaggs with nine points, Trey Simmons five points, Joe Melton four points, CJ Richardson three points, and Ty Money three points.
The Jayvee squad wasted little time in jumping out on top of the Lions as they quickly grabbed the five point lead following one quarter of play. Second quarter action would find Cisne starting to get their offense going as they added eight points to their total but the Fighting Cardinals would once again top them by adding 12 points to their total to head to the locker room with the nine point advantage.
Following halftime, the NCOE defense would really step up. This lockdown would only allow Cisne six second half points while the Fighting Cardinals claimed 20. This 20-6 run enabled NCOE to cruise to the lopsided 42-19 victory.
Eli Brown and Nathaniel Wilson led the scoring for NCOE (10-4) with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Others getting in on the scoring action were Ty Lane and Bryce Jolley with five points a piece, Jacob Richerson four points, Aryon Jolley three points, and Jake Rush two points.
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