The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

December 19, 2013

NHS boys looking for consistency

NORMAN — Inconsistency has been the biggest problem for Norman High through two games, and it’s an issue that reared its head again in a loss to third-ranked Edmond Memorial on Tuesday.

The Tigers (0-2) played very well in stretches against the defending state champions, but went through several listless periods in which the offense would fire up and bad shots and the defense would give up easy transition baskets. It’s what allowed Edmond Memorial (5-0) to turn an eight-point game into a blowout in the second half, and it overshadowed other parts of the game where the Tigers looked like a team that was beginning to figure things out on their way to competing with some of the state’s top teams.

“We showed a lot of good stuff tonight, but we’re just too inconsistent to do much with it right now,” coach Matt Thornton said after the game. “I see a lot of good things, and we’ve got some time to figure it out.”

One major reason the Tigers are behind schedule has been the weather. While Edmond Memorial was playing its fifth game of the season on Tuesday, the Tigers were playing in just their second and first in two weeks.

“We looked like a team that hadn’t played in 14 days, and we are,” Thornton said. “It’s hard with a team like we have to come back and play a team like that after so much time off.”

Experience is definitely an area in which NHS lacks. Only two Tigers — Cooper Clark and John Michael Benardello — saw any significant varsity minutes last season, and many of the players in the rotation haven’t played at all on the varsity level.

It’s a disparity that will come into focus when NHS travels to Norman North on Friday for the season’s first Crosstown Clash. The Timberwolves also have a relatively young roster, but it’s one filled with at least a year of experience since many of the T-Wolves played varsity last season. And, thanks to a tournament in Texas last week, North (4-1) has played five games this season to NHS’ two.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Tang making a splash on state level

    The Sooner Swim Club has produced a long string of great athletes in Norman. Norman North has won back-to-back state championships and senior Justin Wu owns several state records and last week qualified for the U.S. National swim meet. The ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • OSSAA releases enrollment figures

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the preliminary 2014-15 ADM for classification purposes Friday and not much has changed for many of the area schools. Moore (2,265), Norman North (2,180), Westmoore (2,090), ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Swim regionals 1 Norman North’s Justin Wu qualifies for U.S. national

    Justin Wu made history last week when he qualified for the U.S. national swim meet. A senior at Norman North, Wu already owned several state records when he outpaced a field of college swimmers in the event....

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodard joins successful soccer team in Stillwater

    Haley Woodard has been one of the preeminent multi-sport stars in the state for several years. The Norman North senior is a state champion in track and soccer and has been an integral part of a basketball team that’s been to back-to-back ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Posturing, predictions fly as conference plans for new season

    There’s plenty to enjoy about the Southeastern Conference’s annual cattle call in Hoover, Ala., where media of every description join players and coaches from each of the league’s 14 football teams to discuss the coming season. The best ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Roberson2 66ers heading south

    The last five years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have had an unsung hero in their rise to the top of the NBA. Along with the talents of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the franchise has had the services of one of the best developmental ...

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • NHS at Midwest City 6 Point guard taking on a new role in Tigers’ summer basketball league

    It’s a summer of change for Norman High basketball....

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • OU dominates in preseason, receiving 47 of 56 first-place votes in early poll

    Oklahoma will start the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 Conference....

    July 18, 2014

  • Thunder V Denver Thunder add guard Morrow in deliberate, selective free agency

    Oklahoma City hasn’t been the busiest place during the NBA free agency period. However, it may have been among the pickiest. The Thunder officially signed free agent guard Anthony Morrow to a contract Wednesday. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound ...

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo