“Taylor was the only one who really came out ready to play tonight,” Tigers coach Nichole Copeland said. “She was focused from the tip, and she tried to bring her teammates along with her. Bethany responded in the second half, but we didn’t handle the pressure well physically or mentally. They came out and punched us in the mouth and we didn’t respond.”
North had seven players score in the game and three score in double digits. One of those was Tia Williams, who carried North through a crucial part of the game.
With NHS threatening to take the lead in the third quarter, Williams scored nine straight for North. It was the only points the T-Wolves would score in the quarter, and it was a vital bridge for North while Haley Woodard sat out with foul trouble and the Tigers focused their defense on Bri Kuestersteffen.
“My mindset when I come in is to just keep playing hard and extend the lead,” she said. “It was a really great experience to come over here and win this game. It’s been something we’ve been looking toward for weeks. It’s obviously a big game for us, but we don’t base our season on it.”
The Timberwolves hope to have plenty more big games this season. Regional pairings are released tomorrow, and they hope to host their own regional for the second straight year.
“In the next few games we just have to keep getting better as a team,” Blough said. “It’s more time to rehab and to get some of our younger kids going.”
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