Panthers beat Wildcats for sectional title

Norton’s girls basketball team defeated Canton South 46-37 at home to win a sectional title and advance to the district semifinals.

Bailey Shutsa led the team with 11 points in a balanced scoring effort. Gabriella Destefano followed with 10 points and seven rebounds while Kaylee Murawski (9 points), Bailey Acord (7), Madison Tatka (4), Riley Ballinger (3) and Avery Morr (2) also scored.

The Panthers improved to 17-6 and will play top-seeded Buchtel Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7:45 at Lake High School.

The Griffins ended Norton’s season last year in the district finals, 55-49.¬†While Norton has just one starter playing from last year’s team, the Griffins graduated just one player and are 17-5 after a 59-39 sectional final win against Triway.

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