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Class 3A girls: No. 3 Franklin 64, No. 2 Kamiakin 51

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on March 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm with No Comments »
March 1, 2012 6:06 pm

Franklin’s Qiara Norwood has never considered herself a top scoring threat. Instead she’s
been content to let her older teammates find the basket while she’s done the dirty work on
the boards.

On Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the 3A state girls’ basketball tournament the
junior forward added a little polished chrome to that lunch pail image.

Norwood scored a career-high 27 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to help No. 3
Franklin to a 64-51 win over undefeated No. 2 Kamiakin. The Quakers jumped out to a
21-5 lead after the first quarter, and then weathered a few rallies by the Braves to advance
to the semifinal.

“Usually I’m happy to let our seniors do the scoring, but I knew I was going to have to
step up,” Norwood said. “It was time. We couldn’t lose this one.”

Kamiakin battled back in the second quarter, closing to 28-22 with less than two minutes
to play in the half, but the Quakers always seemed to have an answer when the Braves
drew near.

“It was all about hard work,” Franklin coach Jasen Thomas said. “I’ve been on them in
practice to play this way.”

Whatever extra work the Quakers put into practice working on their defense also paid off
in slowing down Kamiakin guard Khadidja Toure. The Oregon State-bound guard scored
17 points in the first half, but was held to just six points in the final two quarters.

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