“To make it back here with the injuries we’ve had this season, that’s something,” Blough said. “For Tia to come back and give us a spark like she did tonight, and for Paige Canty to handle the pressure like she did and Sam Landreth to do everything she does that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet, that’s what this program is based on. There was no quit in their eyes.”
Broken Arrow jumped out early and looked like it might run away with the game after taking a 32-20 lead into the locker room at halftime and extending it to 17 early in the third. But North fought back thanks to eight third-quarter points from Woodard to go along with several more steals. The Timberwolves (18-6) outscored Broken Arrow 19-10 in the quarter and gave themselves a shot at the upset before going cold late in the game.
North will return four starters next season but will graduate a trio of seniors in Kuestersteffen, Julian Mougell and Summer Steadman.
“This group has meant so much to this program,” Blough said. “When we first got Julian she was a project, and to see where she’s come in four years is amazing. Summer is a girl who loves to compete and be a teammate, and she did an incredible job of that. Bri is one of the best, if not the best, basketball player to ever come out of North. She’s meant so much to this team and to me personally, it’s going to be strange not having her on the floor next year.
“They’ve left the program on solid footing, and I expect to be back here next year.”
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