ESSEX – Noah Jorgenson scored 29 points, 22 of them coming in the middle two quarters in a 64-37 Sidney win over Essex/South Page, Saturday, Jan. 26.
Jorgenson scored 13 points in the second quarter as Sidney extended its lead from 16-5 to 33-12. The Trojans though scored the last seven points of the first half to pull within 14 at the break.
The Cowboys answered quickly in the second half, extending the lead to as many as 24 late in the third quarter before pulling away for the final margin in the last period.
“Defensively we got a little lazy, especially at the end of the first half,” said Sidney coach Kent Larsen, “but I was pretty happy with how we played in the second half. We moved the ball pretty well against a zone, which is something we have been working on.”
Jorgenson made 11 of his 19 field goal attempts and added seven rebounds, six steals and three assists.
“It was good to see Noah get back,” said Larsen. “He has been battling an ankle injury and this was probably the first game since Christmas that he has been healthy. He was driving like he normally does.”
Larsen says Jorgenson’s game can open up everything else.
“When they have to worry about Noah,” said Larsen, “It opens up our inside guys and we can do some different things depending on who is hot. We have some other players who can feed off of that. With Noah if we can get him in transition he’s very good in the open floor.”
Cole Jorgenson added 10 points for the Cowboys, who improved to 10-6 overall and 8-3 in the Corner Conference with the win.
Despite the loss, Trojans coach Matthew Quick was mostly happy with his team’s performance.
“We came out and played how we needed to play,” said Quick. “Defensively we were able to stop them at times and offensively that’s the best we have played for a while. We got the ball inside and attacked the basket and that went a long way for us.”
Wesley Johnson and Colton Thornburg scored 11 points each for the Trojans. Trent Radley added seven points and Quick said it’s players like Radley and Johnson that are key to the success of the team going forward.
“We try to pound the ball inside,” said Quick, “and then tell Colton to attack to let our shooters like Daniel Ohnmacht (shoot). The way we were able to attack inside against their big guys I liked to see.”
Essex/South Page fell to 1-13 overall and 1-10 in conference play with the loss.