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February 1, 2014

Woodard propels North past Del City

DEL CITY — With starters Bri Kuestersteffen and Sam Landreth out of Friday night’s game at Del City, the rest of Norman North’s lineup knew they would have to step up to knock off the Eagles, Class 5A’s 13th-ranked team.

And that’s exactly what the Timberwolves did in a 54-40 victory keyed by huge games from Haley Woodard and Alexa Scott and a gritty effort across the board.

Woodard carried the T-Wolves through a tumultuous first half on her way to finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Scott tied a school record with 18 rebounds to go along with her 14 points as the Timberwolves pulled away in the second half.

“We talked to Haley about needing to step up again, and she picked up right where she left off last weekend,” coach Jeff Blough said. “She was really good for us tonight, and Alexa was outstanding inside.”

But those two were just the beginning for North, which was playing without its leading scorer and found itself tied with Del City at 18 late in the first half. But that was when the Timberwolves made their move, going on a 6-0 run to end the half and continuing that momentum into the third quarter behind a balanced effort.

Junior Tia Williams finished with 13 points and five rebounds while providing North with a handful of hustle plays that would prove to make a difference. She briefly left the game after landing hard on the floor after a collision in the third quarter, but was able to return to the game in the final quarter. Paige Canty added nine points and freshman Crymson Rose had four points for North.

“Everyone who played tonight did really well,” Blough said. “I think it’s a testament not just to them but to our coaching staff. Everyone who got on the floor was ready to play. Our defense was fantastic tonight.”

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