After scoring 27 points last night, Normal West High School center Cody White had a big bulls-eye on his back when the Wildcats showed up Saturday to play at Lincoln.
Apparently, the Railsplitters did their homework on how to stop the 6-foot-6 center, holding him to one point while shutting down the entire Wildcat offense en route to an easy 56-32 non-conference win.
Normal West (10-11) trailed 9-8 after the first period before Lincoln (19-7) put on the defensive clamps and held the Wildcats to only six points over the next two quarters to take a 37-14 lead. A combination of 35 percent shooting and 19 turnovers was too much for West to overcome.
"White was the focus point for us because we knew that we couldn't give him 27 like he scored against MacArthur," said Lincoln coach Neil Alexander. "We spent a lot of time preparing for him."
The focus was obviously intense as the Railsplitters continually doubled-teamed White and limited him to only two shots from the field.
"We obviously turned to ball over too much," said Normal West coach Brian Cuppler. "It felt like we had more turnovers than shot attempts."
Brandon Farmer led Lincoln with 15 points while Jacob Carey added 11 points, including 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point range. The Railsplitters had 11 different players crack the scoring column.
Corey Aken scored nine points to lead Normal West.
NCHS 38, Pekin 34
Normal Community, powered by 13 points from Sheldon Harper, downed Pekin in nonconference basketball action at Pekin.
NCHS (8-15) trailed at the quarter breaks, 11-8, 17-15 and 25-24.
Craig Lutes added 10 points for the Ironmen, who outscored Pekin at the free throw line, 10-6.
Pekin (12-11) was led by Spencer Saal's 10 points.