Norsemen fall to Titans in 2A district finals: R-S drops 53-50 heartbreaker

Joe Randleman
Story City Herald
Roland-Story's Isaiah Naylor puts up a shot during the Norsemen's 53-50 loss to South Central Calhoun in the 2A district finals at Jefferson Feb. 23.

JEFFERSON - An amazing season ended in heartbreak for the Roland-Story boys’ basketball team in the Class 2A District 14 finals against South Central Calhoun Feb. 23. 

The Norsemen saw a double-digit halftime lead erased in a 53-50 loss to the Titans. 

Roland-Story led 27-15 at the break. The Norsemen were dominating on defense and the glass. 

But South Central Calhoun started to click offensively in the third quarter. The Titans pulled within 41-36 by the end of the quarter. 

South Central Calhoun kept up its strong offensive play in the fourth quarter and Roland-Story went cold offensively. That enabled the Titans to steal a victory from the jaws of defeat and improve to 19-5. 

Roland-Story finished the season with an excellent 17-4 record. It was a 3.5-game improvement from a year ago and a 7.5-game jump from 2018-2019. 

The Norsemen held South Central Calhoun to 30 % shooting and outrebounded the Titans, 38-29. But they also only got to the line 12 times compared to 22 for the Titans and forced just six turnovers. 

Sam Skaar ended his career with 14 points, five rebounds and two steals for Roland-Story. Freshman Jonovan Wilkinson had 13 points, five rebounds and one block and Isaiah Naylor nine points and two steals. 

Adam McIlrath chipped in seven points and nine rebounds. Kale Lande added five points and four boards and Nolan Faber two points and rebounds apiece. 

Roland-Story senior Nolan Faber puts up a layup during the Norsemen's 2A district finals loss to South Central Calhoun Feb. 23 in Jefferson.

Brennan Holder paced a balanced South Central Calhoun attack with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Joshua Dietrich added 12 points and eight rebounds and Cole Corey 10 points and six assists. 

South Central Calhoun 53, Roland-Story 50 

SCC    8     7    19   19 – 53 

RS     13   14   14     9 – 50 

South Central Calhoun (53) - Joe Clark 0-1 0-0 0, T’Juan Hildreth 0-6 0-1 0, Cole Corey 3-10 2-4 10, Joshua Dietrich 4-9 4-9 12, Brennan Holder 4-11 5-6 16, Antonio Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Eli Wheelock 4-13 0-0 11, Tyler Lightner 0-0 0-0 0, Homer Martz 1-3 2-2 4. Totals: 16-53 13-22 53. 3-point field goals (8): Holder 3, Wheelock 3, Corey 2. Rebounds (29: Dietrich 8. Assists (14): Corey 6. Steals (6): Hildreth 2, Wheelock 2. Blocks (3): Dietrich 2. 

Roland-Story (50) - Jonovan Wilkinson 4-8 4-4 13, Nolan Faber 1-3 0-0 2, Adam McIlrath 3-8 1-2 7, Sam Skaar 5-14 0-0 14, Luke Patton 0-3 0-2 0, Dhruv Patel 0-0 0-0 0, Isaiah Naylor 3-9 2-2 9, Will Bunn 0-1 0-0 0, Kale Lande 2-2 1-2 5. Totals: 18-48 8-12 50. 3-point field goals (6): Skaar 4, Wilkinson, Naylor. Rebounds (38): McIlrath 9. Assists (8): Bunn 2. Steals (4): Skaar 2, Naylor 2. Blocks (2): Wilkinson, McIlrath.