Published On: Wed, Feb 22nd, 2012

Cedar boys fall to Norfolk Catholic

HARTINGTON  – Norfolk Catholic ended Cedar Catholic’s hopes of claiming a share of the season title in the MidStates Conference with  a 53-50 win over the Trojans here Friday.

The two teams traded baskets evenly for the first six minutes of the contest, but the Knights took control after that thanks to their trapping defense and their long-range shooting.

“When they put on that trapping defense, that hurt us,” Coach Matt Steffen said.  “They definitely got us out of what we wanted to do and put us back on our heels for awhile. That made us quit attacking the basket.

Norfolk Catholic started bombing away late in the first quarter, as well, pulling away for an 18-9 first-quarter advantage.

Three-point shooting was the big difference on the night, as the Knights hit on a sizzling 6-14 from downtown in the first half, while Cedar wasn’t able to connect from long range in the first 16 minutes, missing all seven attempts from behind the arc.

“We got some good looks at the basket, but they weren’t falling, and they were hitting on about everything,” Steffen said. “We just didn’t shoot well enough to compete with them.”

The Knights continued to hit from long distance in the second frame, putting together a 12-6 scoring advantage to take a comfortable 30-15 lead into the locker room.

The Trojans weren’t about to go away quietly, however. Cedar regained some of its shooting form in the third quarter, hitting for 10 points, while the Knights extended their lead with 15 points of their own.

Cedar finally regained their confidence in the final frame as the Trojans put together a 25-8 run to put a scare into the Knights in the last minutes of the contest.

“We could have rolled over, but we didn’t.  I was proud of the kids’ effort. They didn’t get down and they kept playing hard.”

The Trojans connected on 13-27 field goals in the second half, compared to 18-46 for Norfolk Catholic.

Cedar took on Plainview in SubDistrict C2-9 action Tuesday at Wausa. The winner of that contest will then play the winner of the Creighton-Crofton game Thursday night in the C2-9 SubDistrict title game. That winner will take on the C2-10 SubDistrict champ. Burwell, 21-1, is favored to win that SubDistrict.

Burwell and Cedar squared off two years ago in the District final with the Burwell boys earning the win.


Norfolk Catholic 18 12 15 8 — 53

Cedar Catholic 9 6 10 25 — 50


Cedar      Norf Cath

FG 19-44 18-46

FT 10-19 9-18

3PT 2-17 8-21

Reb 239 37

TOs 10 11

Fouls 18 20



Cedar Catholic –  Logan Feilmeier 11; James Kaiser, 10; Logan Weinandt 7; Kyle Klug, 6; Zach Steffen, 5; Matthew Leise 5; Trevor Hamilton, 2;  Taylor Kathol, 2; Grant Howell, 2. Norfolk Catholic – Dylan Borer, 14; Jordan Bellar, 8; Connor Ketter, 8; Riley Knake, 7;  Jared Uhlir, 6; Tanner Bessmer, 5; Jared Maguire, 3; Jordan Molacek, 2.



Cedar – Logan Feilmeier, 9; Grant Howell, 6; Taylor Kathol, 5; Trevor Hamilton, 4; Kyle Klug, 3; Logan Weinandt, 1; Zach Steffen, 1. Norfolk Catholic – Connor Ketter, 11; Riley Knake, 7; Dylan Borer, 5. Jared Uhlir, 4; Jordan Bellar, 3; Jordan Molacek, 2.



Cedar – Logan Feilmeier, 4; James Kaiser, 2; Trevor Hamilton, 2; Logan Weinandt, 1. Norfolk Catholic – Connor Ketter, 4; Jared Maguire, 3; Jordan Bellar, 2;  Riley Knake, 2;  Tanner Bessmer, 2; Jordan Molacek, 2.



Cedar  – Logan Feilmeier, 2; Kyle Klug, 1; Zach Steffen, 1.  Norfolk Catholic – Riley Knake, 2.