OKLAHOMA CITY —
While Rutledge led the way, the Timberwolves again had a balanced offensive attack. Ten T-Wolves got in the books, with Marcus Dickinson scoring 14 points and Lindy Waters adding nine points, six rebounds and five assists.
Senior Tanner Akers, who gave the Timberwolves fits with his ability to drive and finish through contact as he finished with 22 points, led Yukon as it tried to upset the ninth-ranked Timberwolves. The Millers were able to cut holes through the North defense but couldn’t slow the athletic T-Wolves on the break or keep North from dominating inside. North ended the game with just a 26-23 advantage on the boards but was in control of the paint on both ends for the entire game.
“Kairo was great for us tonight,” Merritt said. “I can’t say anything but good things about what he did. Our guards finally threw him the ball, and he made the most of it. It’s huge for him to have a night like tonight.”
Next up is a chance at the title against Class 5A’s top-ranked Irish, who handed Norman High a 51-29 loss on Thursday night. Merritt is familiar with Bishop McGuinness (10-3), having lost to them in the state semifinals a year ago while at Chickasha.
“I’m well-versed with what they do,” Merritt said. “We’re going to play them straight up and see if their big guy can score 30 on us.”
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