Columbia City loses to Norwell

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City came into Friday night’s game against Norwell with expectations of a tough competition.“We knew they were going to be good,” Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer said. “We prepared as best as we could.”The Lady Knights defeated Columbia City 54-30.Norwell, which is ranked second in the Associated Press Class 3A poll, is undefeated at 6-0.The Lady Knights beat Bluffton 74-12 and beat Homestead with a 3-pointer at the buzzer last Saturday.The Lady Knights doubled the Lady Eagles’ score in the first quarter, 18-9.Norwell picked up its defensive pressure in the second quarter, only allowing four second quarter points.The score was 32-12 at halftime.Despite scoring 18 more points in the second half, Norwell won 54-30.“We’re getting better every game,” Shearer said. “Norwell is a good team.”Emily Whiteleather snatched seven rebounds and three blocks.“Considering what she was up against, a Division I player, she did a great job,” Shearer said. “She did a good job adjusting in the second half.”Whiteleather had the task of defending Norwell’s Jessica Rupright, who has committed to Miami of Ohio next season. Whiteleather held Rupright to two field goals in the second half.“Whiteleather did a nice job taking Jessica out of our offense,” Norwell Head Coach Eric Thornton said.Macie Hinen went 6-for-6 in free throw shooting, leading the team in scoring along with Samara Qureshi with six.___Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.