NORTON: When Norton boys basketball coach B.J. Sanderson looked at the scorebook on Tuesday night he smiled.

What he saw during a game against visiting Field matched what he saw on paper. Indeed, the Panthers possessed a balanced scoring attack en route to earning a 70-57 win over the Falcons in a Division II sectional semifinal.

“We executed our motion offense and our set plays pretty well,” Norton senior Jourdain Roberts-Lane said. “We got our shooters open and we did a good job attacking the rim.”

Norton, which beat Field for a third time this season, will meet Louisville in a sectional final at 7 p.m. on Friday.

“We are a young team,” Sanderson said. “Our leading scorer is a sophomore, Tyler Scott. Christian Cheatam is a junior, Dominick Reinart is a junior and Nate Dobben is a junior.

“We knew coming in that it is hard to beat a team three times. With us coming in tonight, we knew had to play our game — guard defensively and turn stops into points. We try to get out in transition and get some easy baskets. ”

Reinart led Norton (17-6) with 14 points, three steals and two assists.

“We have been working on our zone offense in practice a lot,” Reinart said. “We know people are going to play zone because they think that we will not be able to score against it, but we have been playing well together. We are working hard in practice to improve.”

Sophomore Max Adelman paced Field (10-13) with 24 points, 16 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Sophomore Caleb Francis contributed 15 points and seven rebounds.

Norton led 10-8 after one quarter. The Panthers’ advantage reached 30-22 at halftime, 50-38 through three quarters and 64-48 and 67-51 in the fourth quarter.

Scott finished with 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks, and senior Taylor Warner scored 11 points for Norton.

“Coach is always talking about keeping our composure,” Scott said. “This game, we kept our composure. We went into halftime and coach was talking about being aggressive and playing with energy because it was kind of dead when we first came in here.”

“We went out there tonight and outplayed them,” said Warner, who made three 3-pointers. “We played harder. We were diving for balls on the floor, we boxed out and we rebounded. They were outrebounding us a little bit to start the game, but we overpowered them and finished the game strong after starting out slow.”

Roberts-Lane had nine points, 15 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

“Jourdain was a rebounding machine tonight,” Sanderson said.

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