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All-North Div. IV girls basketball: State title comes with bonus for Eureka's Norcutt

1:00 AM, Mar. 16, 2013 EDT

Without hesitation, Natalie Norcutt blurts out the time between girls basketball state championships at Eureka -- 27 years.

This season, the Vandals snapped that streak and it was Eureka's best in nearly three decades. But for Norcutt, it was the best season in the school's history.

The junior wing set multiple school records, including most points in a season, en route to the 2012-13 RGJ All-North Division IV Player of the Year honor.

"I worked hard all season to break those records," said Norcutt, who was notified of the individual records after last season when she came close to them. "It wasn't something I wasn't sure I could do. But being a new kid and breaking a school record is awesome.

"I'm going to try to break them again next year."

Norcutt, who transferred to Eureka from Lowry before her sophomore season, shot 50 percent from the field and scored 482 points to eclipse the previous record of 370. Her 90 free throws also set a new high mark for the Vandals.

"I expected her to be this successful," Eureka coach Ken Fujii said. "Her value was that she was an all-around player. The few games she wasn't hitting her shots, she got more rebounds or more steals. She always offset any lack of scoring."

Norcutt finished the season with 134 rebounds and 133 steals in 30 games.

"I'm hoping," Fujii said, "she will have an even better year next season."




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