The tide would turn in the third quarter after NHS’ Dari Hunter went out two minutes in with a knee injury. Hunter, who had provided the Tigers with several key rebounds and putbacks sat out the rest of the quarter while the Bulldogs outscored NHS 18-8 and took a three-point lead into the final frame.
That set up a wild fourth quarter in which the two teams entered the final five minutes tied. Neither team could provide any distance until Bethany Franks caught the ball in the post and was double-teamed. She turned and found Chandler Coale on the wing for a 3-pointer that put NHS on top 50-45. The Tigers hung on from there, hitting four free throws in the final two minutes as part of a 15-for-20 night at the free throw line.
Taylor Ely led NHS with 24 points, while Franks added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in an all-around performance that gave the Tigers the inside presence that’s propelled them to four straight wins.
“We know that we kind of gave them that game back in December, so that’s been on the back of our minds,” Copeland said. “Our role players are starting to step up and hit crucial baskets for us, and I’m proud of our kids. We hit a stretch where we needed to play well, and we have.”
Edmond Memorial 79, Norman High 48: Norman High faced off against No. 6 Edmond Memorial on Saturday, and the loaded Bulldogs walked away with a 79-48 victory.
The Tigers hung with Edmond Memorial for most of the first half, but the Bulldogs pulled away early in the third and kept the pressure on to prevent the Tigers from getting back in it.
Cooper Clark led NHS with 17 points, while Julian Perriott added seven.
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