Dickinson paved the way 19 points and Waters added 16. Payton Prince chipped in with 13.
“It makes us real tough,” Merritt said. “When we are shooting the ball well, we can play with anybody in the state.”
No. 10 Norman North girls 49, Southmoore 34: Southmoore jumped out to a 25-11 lead in the first half behind Alyssa Jones and Kyeria Hannah. But the Timberwolves ended the half on a 7-0 run to close Southmoore’s advantage to 25-18.
North slowly crept back into the game by picking up its defensive pressure and scoring in the paint. They trailed 30-26 to start the final period.
Bri Kuestersteffen hit a jumper in the middle of the lane with 5:51 left to tie the contest at 30-30. Alexa Scott then scored back to back baskets to put T-Wolves ahead by four.
The SaberCats fell apart down the stretch while the T-Wolves made every shot they needed to and attacked the boards.
North outscored Southmoore 23-4 in the fourth quarter.
Kuestersteffen led the T-Wolves with 21 points. Scott added 11, all in the second half.
Hannah paced Southmoore with 13 points. No other played reached double digits in scoring.
The Cats hope to get some reinforcement next week. Junior forward Serithia Hawkins is expected to be in the lineup Friday when Southmoore takes on Edmond Memorial. The team has lost 9 of 11 games since she went down with an elbow injury .
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