The Norman Transcript

December 29, 2013

North girls win Tournament of Champions

By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Timberwolves are champions among champions.

Norman North won the invitation-only Tournament of Champions in Tulsa on Saturday by defeating Class 3A’s No. 1 Adair, 48-39, to win the title in its first-ever Tournament of Champions.

Guards Paige Canty and Tia Williams scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, in the victory.

“They played really well for us and were the story tonight,” coach Jeff Blough said. “It shows you we’re not just a one-man band. Sam Landreth also took four charges for us tonight.”

North senior Bri Kuestersteffen was named tournament MVP for helping lead her team to three straight victories. The Timberwolves (5-1) have won four straight since losing to Southmoore and are shaking off the early season rust that came with losing several games due to weather-related cancellations.

“It’s a big deal, and I’m really proud of them,” Blough said of his team, which beat two No. 2-ranked teams as well as Adair on the weekend. “Today it was nip and tuck all the way. We came out focused and both teams took each other out of what they wanted to do.”

North will next play at Moore on Jan. 14.

Tulsa Memorial girls 63, Norman High 47: Norman High played well enough Saturday to take a lead on Tulsa Memorial, but the Tigers couldn’t hang on in the third-place game of the Bartlesville tournament. The Tigers led 21-13 midway through the z quarter but couldn’t hang on as Tulsa Memorial roared back to take a nine-point lead at the break.

Taylor Ely and freshman Bethany Franks both had 14 points for the Tigers in the loss, finishing a strong weekend for the pair. Franks is averaging 20 points in her last three games. Ely averaged 16.

The Tigers next play Jan. 14 at Midwest City.

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