NORMAN — All the Norman North girls had to do Thursday night was win. Instead, they dominated, at least until coach Jeff Blough unloaded his bench.
So, in a game that wasn’t remotely as close as the final score — 60-45 — the Timberwolves easily moved past Edmond North to meet Lawton Eisenhower in a Class 6A regional championship game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday back inside the North Gym.
“We attacked,” Blough said. “That’s what I liked.”
Especially in the second quarter.
North built its lead over the game’s first 4 minutes, getting back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers from Alexis Scott (two of them) and Hayley Woodard. But a cold spell left the lead at just 13-4 after 8 minutes.
That didn’t last long.
The T-Wolves began the second quarter on a 15-3 run, pushing their edge to 28-7 and the Huskies were never again in the game … even though they would post separate 10-0 and 11-0 second-half runs against the North bench to forge the final score.
For a while, everybody seemed to be making shots but North’s most frequent leading scorer, Bri Kuestersteffen, who was 2 of 9 from the field for five points at the half. Still, it wasn’t like she didn’t have plenty to do with the T-Wolves' advantage.
“I knew Alexa, Hayley and other people were hitting shots,” she said, “so I just tried to give the ball to them.”
What that amounted to, on the first night of Kuestersteffen’s fourth and final roundball postseason, was her very first double-double: 16 points and 10 assists.
“She’s an amazing player,” said Blough, whose team moved to 16-5.
And, while she distributed, others did their jobs, too.
Woodard played within herself throughout, canned 7 of 12 shots and finished with 15 points. Scott hit all three of her 3-point attempts (and missed all four of her 2-point attempts) to exit with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds.