NASHVILLE — Brown County needed someone to lead its team to victory in a close game. Senior Steven Norman stepped up to the challenge, as Brown County defeated Greencastle 48-46 on Saturday night.
The Eagles (4-12) entered the fourth quarter trailing 32-31. Coach Roger Fleetwood challenged his seniors to step up their game and lead the team. Norman responded by scoring 11 points in the final quarter to lead the comeback.
“Steven stepped up big time after struggling all night,” Fleetwood said. “Sometimes they (Norman and Tony Goral) run low on gas because we depend on them so much.”
With just under three minutes left in the game, Norman, who had already scored seven points in the quarter, made a pair of free throws that gave the Eagles a 42-41 lead. They never trailed the rest of the game and held on for the victory.
“We were trying to get everyone on the same page all night,” Norman said. “We stuck in it and played together when we needed to.”
A lack of rebounding and poor shot selection haunted Brown County throughout the game. After leading 13-11 at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles scored only six points in the second period to trail 22-19 at halftime. Fleetwood told his team the game’s outcome was theirs to decide.
“We’ve lost several games this year in the last minute of the game,” Fleetwood said. “We played our worst overall game tonight, but stepped up when we needed to. Collin (Hoskins) kept us in the game. Without him, we wouldn’t have had a chance.”
Hoskins, a freshman guard, scored 16 points and played outstanding defense.
“This was the best game Collin’s ever played,” Norman said. “He played great tonight and kept us in it.”
“We’ve lost a lot of close games this year,” Hoskins said “We wanted to finish one off and get the win. We needed to step up, and we did.”
With only a two point lead, Goral missed a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left in the game. Greencastle’s Holden King rebounded the second missed shot. The Tiger Cubs moved up the floor and were able to get off a 3-pointer, which would have given them the win. The shot fell short as the clock expired.
“We were lucky at the end,” Fleetwood said. “We were late finding their shooters, and it almost cost us.”