Carly Norton is a marked player after her record-setting 3-point barrage in the first round of the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 8A girls basketball state tournament.
Ottawa Wallace made sure to take away Norton and the outside shot in its quarterfinal game against Normal Epiphany at Central Catholic High School Monday. Epiphany (23-2) made the adjustment to go inside and crash the boards to pull out a 33-15 victory.
Norton had three points against Ottawa (16-8) after scoring 30 points with seven 3-pointers in the first round. She did have 10 rebounds, four assists and five blocks. Christin Neill stepped up with 15 points and Haley Cook added seven points and 10 rebounds.
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"It's a proud moment when you have eight people step up like that," Epiphany coach David Schmitt said "Our defense just smothered them. They really couldn't do anything against our defense."
The two teams were tied 6-6 after the opening quarter before Epiphany held Ottawa to four points over the second and third quarter to pull away.
In Class 8AA at Clinton, Prairie Central fell behind 12-6 after the first quarter and never was able to mount a comeback, falling in the quarterfinals 45-28 to Canton Ingersoll. The Hawks (21-4) were led by Kaley Corban with 10 and Abby Popejoy with seven.