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Future promising for Homestead, Norwell

Homestead vs. Norwell is always a big NHC opener for both girls basketball teams.

The last few years the outcome has been close and usually goes a long way in deciding the NHC championship.

And fans can expect more of the same in the future as both teams have young players already contributing.

Freshman Hanna Smith hit the game-winning three-pointer in Norwell's 63-60 win over the Spartans. But it doesn't stop there for the Knights, who also have juniors Taylor Wilson, Paige Frisch and another freshman, Liara Isnogle, in the rotation.

Homestead is even younger, with three freshmen Josie Fisher, Grace German and Katherine Smith logging key minutes.

And sophomore Sydney Buck had 17 points and showed she is one of the best young shooters around.

And then there is junior Emily Bley, who led Homestead with 19 points.

"We rely on a lot of young kids, specifically in a big game like this," Homestead coach Rod Parker said. "That's bright for the future, and we really look forward to having those kids come along. This will continue to be a battle for years to come."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.