The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

January 12, 2014

McGuinness beats North at the buzzer in tournament final

(Continued)

OKLAHOMA CITY —

The only North player to find any space was sophomore Lindy Waters, who led the team with 20 points and five rebounds. Kairo Rutledge also added seven points and six rebounds.

The T-Wolves’ strategy of doubling Lienhard from the offside or playing him straight-up with Prince or Rutledge if he did catch it was effective. He was scoreless in the first half as the Timberwolves frustrated the Irish and held them to just 13 points.

Bishop McGuinness adjusted by putting in four shooters around Lienhard, which freed up their offense in the second half when roles reversed. The T-Wolves began to slow down from outside the arc and Bishop McGuinness hit a string of deep shots as a 16-4 run that changed the game and forced North to play from behind. Included in that stretch was a technical foul for taunting levied at North that turned into a three-point swing for the Irish.

“We kind of gave away the game by making a lot of unforced mistakes and plays that just aren’t very basketball smart,” coach Bryan Merritt said. “We’ve still got a long way to go. They hit a big shot at the end, but we did too many small things wrong leading up to that. It came down to a couple plays here and there. I thought we came in with a great gameplan and Payton and Kairo did a good job defending.

“I thought the kids played really well tonight. We proved this weekend we’re a good basketball team. As long as we learn from this and don’t make the same mistakes going forward, I don’t mind the loss at all.”

Corbin Hosler

Follow me @Chosler88

chosler@normantranscript.com

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • OSSAA releases enrollment figures

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the preliminary 2014-15 ADM for classification purposes Friday and not much has changed for many of the area schools. Moore (2,265), Norman North (2,180), Westmoore (2,090), ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Swim regionals 1 Norman North’s Justin Wu qualifies for U.S. national

    Justin Wu made history last week when he qualified for the U.S. national swim meet. A senior at Norman North, Wu already owned several state records when he outpaced a field of college swimmers in the event....

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodard joins successful soccer team in Stillwater

    Haley Woodard has been one of the preeminent multi-sport stars in the state for several years. The Norman North senior is a state champion in track and soccer and has been an integral part of a basketball team that’s been to back-to-back ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Posturing, predictions fly as conference plans for new season

    There’s plenty to enjoy about the Southeastern Conference’s annual cattle call in Hoover, Ala., where media of every description join players and coaches from each of the league’s 14 football teams to discuss the coming season. The best ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Roberson2 66ers heading south

    The last five years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have had an unsung hero in their rise to the top of the NBA. Along with the talents of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the franchise has had the services of one of the best developmental ...

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • NHS at Midwest City 6 Point guard taking on a new role in Tigers’ summer basketball league

    It’s a summer of change for Norman High basketball....

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • OU dominates in preseason, receiving 47 of 56 first-place votes in early poll

    Oklahoma will start the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 Conference....

    July 18, 2014

  • Thunder V Denver Thunder add guard Morrow in deliberate, selective free agency

    Oklahoma City hasn’t been the busiest place during the NBA free agency period. However, it may have been among the pickiest. The Thunder officially signed free agent guard Anthony Morrow to a contract Wednesday. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound ...

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • OGA at Trails 8 No rest for Reid during another championship

    James Reid says he plays better when he’s played a lot of golf in a short time. After a four-day trip to Ireland last week in which he played eight rounds of golf, he arrived back in Oklahoma City at midnight on Sunday. Nine hours later, ...

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo