The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

March 14, 2014

Timberwolves’ rally comes up short vs. Tigers

SKIATOOK — When Norman North advanced to the state tournament in Skiatook a year ago, the T-Wolves entered the quarterfinals favored to win. Instead, they were upset and exited the tournament early. It was a different story on Thursday, when North faced undefeated Broken Arrow in the opening round.

And North almost shocked the state.

The Timberwolves stormed back from a double-digit deficit in the second half and cut the lead to a single point in the fourth quarter, giving themselves several chances to take the lead.

But North couldn’t come up with the big shot, and a nearly three-minute scoring drought late in the game sunk the Timberwolves’ hopes of an upset as Broken Arrow pulled away for a 56-46 win.

Everything but the roster was different for the Timberwolves’ 2014 state tournament. Playing in the arena in Skiatook, a wide-open arena that North coach Jeff Blough said hurt his players last season, the T-Wolves gave No. 1 Broken Arrow everything it could handle. Haley Woodard, who turned in one of the less-than-stellar games of her career in a losing effort for North last season, more than made up for that on Thursday, scoring 16 on the night and carrying North while it made its third-quarter run to climb back into the game after being down 17 points.

The Timberwolves played with a full and healthy roster for the first time since December, and they showed what a dangerous team they are when at full strength. Tia Williams returned after nearly a month out with an injury and scored seven for North, while Bri Kuestersteffen ended a memorable career with 13 points and several huge shots for the Timberwolves.

But the Tigers, led by the combination of Toree Thompson and Amari Dennis, who scored 20 and 17 points respectively, pulled away after North cut the lead to 44-43 with 4:30 to play. Broken Arrow (26-0) held North scoreless for nearly three minutes and hit its final six free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Norman football a hotbed for quarterbacks

    While Norman High searches for a new quarterback to take the reins, Norman North is entering the preseason with one of the most talented quarterbacks in the state in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar....

    August 1, 2014

  • 498415327SB20543_Sky_Shock How Paris got her groove back

    TULSA — It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three Tigers competing for quarterback

    While some teams have had questions surrounding the quarterback position in recent years, Norman High has seen relative stability. Thanks to a three-year run by Zach Long followed up by Jakcob Dean’s ascendance last season, the Tigers ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Brace yourselves for what is likely bumpy road to playoffs

    In October of 2005, back when Butch Peters had Norman High ranked No. 5 on the gridiron and Karin Sexson had Norman North ranked No. 1 on the volleyball court, I wrote a column under the headline: “Two great teams … Who cares.” It was all ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Clash Football It’s a whole new ball game for Tigers and Timberwolves

    With just over two weeks until football practice officially begins Aug. 11, everyone is busy preparing for the upcoming season. After all, it’s one that will be unlike any other....

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • USA Basketball Durant tells media that he’s not looking too far ahead

    While most of the NBA’s offseason has been focused on players going home, max contracts and who gets Kevin Love, the reigning MVP has been pretty low key. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant has stayed in the shadows for the most part while ...

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tang making a splash on state level

    The Sooner Swim Club has produced a long string of great athletes in Norman. Norman North has won back-to-back state championships and senior Justin Wu owns several state records and last week qualified for the U.S. National swim meet. The ...

    July 29, 2014

  • 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