Girls Basketball - Norwin vs Hempfield Area
Second Half Surge Propels Norwin Girls to 53-29 Win over Hempfield
Norwin broke open a close game with a third quarter scoring surge to easily defeat visiting Hempfield Area 53-29 in a Class 6A Section 1 girls basketball game on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Norwin High School in North Huntingdon.
Hempfield scored first to open the game, but it didn't take long for the Lady Knights to get on track and start to build a lead. But the Lady Spartans had other thoughts, as they battled back to close the quarter trailing 13-11.
The scoring pace for both teams dropped off in the second. Norwin outscored Hempfield 9-7, with a pair of 3-pointers doing most of the work. Norwin led 22-18 at halftime.
The second half was all Norwin, starting with an 18-point third quarter that opened up a 14-point margin on the Spartans. Ava Kobus had 11 points in the third, including three of the five 3-pointers she scored in the game.
Hempfield couldn't close the gap in the final quarter, as they managed only 3 more points before the final buzzer. The Knights padded their lead by 10 more points to finish with a 53-29 win in the matchup with their neighbors to the East.
Norwin's Ava Kobus led all scorers with 19, and her teammate Lauren Palangio contributed 10. The Knights drained 7 shots from behind the 3-point arc. Hempfield was led by Brooke McCoy with 9 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Norwin was 12-of-18 from the foul line, while Hempfield shot 10-of-20 on the free throw line.
Section standings leader Norwin (11-1, 3-0) will travel to Pine-Richland on 1/12 for a game with the second place Rams. Next up for Hempfield (7-6, 1-2) is a section home game with Butler on 1/12.
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