FIRTH — Maddy Ramsey hit a quick three to open Friday’s game against Elkhorn. Then the senior guard quickly hit another.
Ramsey and the Titans were off and running.
“We also had a game at (Northwest on Tuesday),” said Ramsey. “I was really cold, so a little redemption there, I guess.”
A little redemption. And a little bounce back.
Ramsey and sophomore Brianna Stai each finished with 16 points and the Class B No. 4 Titans drained nine threes in a 55-45 win against the third-ranked Antlers at Norris Middle School. The win came three nights after the Titans lost at No. 8 Northwest 49-37.
“It was awesome for (Ramsey) and obviously it kick-started our team to a good lead there,” Norris coach Mark Hagerman said. “She gets something like that, I felt very good about the night for her, because Tuesday was just the opposite.”
Norris never trailed Friday. In fact, when the Antlers appeared ready to tighten the gap, the Titans responded. Norris built a 27-19 halftime lead behind a 7-2 run to end the half. Elkhorn cut the lead to 34-29 before Norris finished the third quarter on another mini-run.
“We were just able to keep that margin, and I’m glad it didn’t get under eight, because they’re a dangerous team,” Hagerman said.
Behind its inside-outside balance — and depth on the bench — Norris showed how dangerous it can be. The Titans were able to create some open looks against the Antlers’ 2-3 zone, and when Elkhorn applied its full-court press for most of the second half, Norris used its crew of ball-handlers and athleticism to break it.
The 6-foot Stai, who scored 12 points in the second half, got a transition layup against the press and later spotted up for a three on another press break.
“(We’re) very athletic and we like to get out and run, be a transition-type of team and I think that kind of helped when they were pressing full-court a little bit,” Hagerman said. “Once we were able to get by their front wave, it was like our transition offense and away we go.”
Ramsay, who finished with four threes, said the Titans had a great week of practice after the loss to Northwest, which helped fuel Friday's fast start.
"None of us felt very good leaving Northwest on Tuesday," Hagerman later added. "We just didn’t shoot the ball very well, and defense was not up to what we like it to be, so they had a chance tonight to redeem themselves. And like I told them, we got another game tomorrow (at Blair) and we got to come out the same way."
Senior Nyah Chambers added 10 points for the Titans, who played the majority of the game without starter Taryn Tracy. The 5-6 guard left in the first quarter after an apparent shoulder injury.
Elkhorn, meanwhile, was playing only its second game of the season. The defending state champions entered the season having to replace Brooke Carlson, a first-team Super-Stater who could dictate a game on both sides of the floor.
"We’re changing everything," Elkhorn coach Jennifer Wragge said. "We’re changing our defense, we’re changing our offense, so there’s going to be nights like this and hopefully we have some better ones."
Junior Maddy Meehan led Elkhorn with 16 points.