The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

October 9, 2013

Momentum in T-Wolves’ favor after sweeping Tigers

NORMAN — For Norman North and Norman High, there was no better way to prepare for the postseason than with a Crosstown Clash in the final contest of the regular season.

After defeating the Tigers, 25-16, 25-17 and 25-20, in straight sets, it appears that the 11th-ranked Timberwolves are more prepared to make waves in the regional tournaments that begin on Thursday.

NHS hung tough with North from the beginning, but the Tigers found themselves consistently playing defense to the T-Wolves’ big hitters. North used a combination of tough serves and effective play above the net to pull away in each of the first two sets, while the Timberwolves squeaked out a victory in the third.

“It’s a fun game for the girls to come out here with it being Senior Night and having the crowd and the atmosphere,” coach Stephanie Kane said.

It was an impressive victory for North (15-12), which heads into a 3:30 p.m. match against Putnam City tomorrow at Edmond Memorial to open the postseason. The Timberwolves are expected to advance to a regional final against No. 6 Edmond Memorial in a showdown against a team they’ve yet to beat but took to five sets when the two last met on Sept. 27.

Looking ahead to the regional, Kane said the underdog role the T-Wolves have been cast in could work to their advantage, and she’s confident they have what it takes to knock off Edmond Memorial.

“People think we’re just a decent Class 6A team, but they haven’t seen us,” she said. “If they come out and they play 100 percent and are mentally focused, we can beat them.”

There also were encouraging signs for NHS (11-19), which improved as the match as the match went on and took North to the wire in the final set of the match. The Tigers will meet Enid at 1 p.m. Thursday at Tulsa Union in the regional tournament.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Grizzlies will let Russ shoot

    During the hey day of L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a new term was added to the lexicon. Anyone who seemingly was able to slow down the prolific scorer was automatically dubbed the Kobe Stopper. Players such as Ruben Patterson, Raja ...

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tigers, T-Wolves set for showdown

    For many teams in Norman, the Crosstown Clash is the biggest date on their schedule. It’s the game that can make or break the season. The one that determines bragging rights, and the one that the players are most concerned about....

    April 24, 2014

  • North playing for big picture, NHS fighting for a better place at the table

    While the focus for the next two days will be on the Crosstown Clash, there's also an important postseason race taking place for Norman High and Norman North's baseball teams....

    April 24, 2014

  • Koonce seals OT win for NHS

    Norman High soccer coach Tyler Hardage said it this way: “It’s fun when stuff like that happens.” So it was....

    April 23, 2014

  • NHS boys put on a clinic, while North squads top U.S. Grant

    The Norman High boys continue to play terrific defense and did again Tuesday night, posting their fourth straight shutout, their fifth in sixth games and their seventh of the season. But if that’s vintage Tigers, the other side of NHS’ ...

    April 23, 2014

  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Memphis bears down on Oklahoma City

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Memphis wanted to play its game. After allowing Oklahoma CIty to pour in 100 points in Game 1, they knew they had to take some steam out of the Thunder if they stood a chance of coming away with a win on the road....

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Looking forward to the playoffs

    The road to the title is shifting into high gear. Postseason assignments for several sports were released this week by the OSSAA, and a number of area teams now know the path they’ll take in the playoffs. In softball, Norman High and ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Thunder not interested in excuses, just taking care of business

    Russell Westbrook tried to take all the blame. After Oklahoma watched a 25 point lead dwindle to two points against Memphis, the talented point guard said it was due to his erratic play in the third quarter. “It’s on me, man. I’ve got to ...

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Thunder withstand Grizz charge to take Game 1

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Style points don’t matter in the NBA playoffs. It’s all about getting wins and moving on. So, despite watching a huge lead dwindle down to a single basket, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is pleased his team was able to ...

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder set to take on unlikely rival in Memphis

    It’s become an unlikely rivalry. There is no reason for Oklahoma City and Memphis to have an ongoing feud, except that they do and the numbers seem to bear it out....

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

Video
Facebook