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February 22, 2013

Cox, Ely spur Tigers in upset over Bombers

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NORMAN —

As the Tigers struggled to score against the press, Midwest City continued to climb back into the game. That was when Cox found Ely underneath the basket on two consecutive possessions to maintain the slim lead, and after several Bomber misfires, Ely stepped up and knocked down three free throws to seal the game.

“We knew they were more athletic than us, and we knew we would have to play the best defense of our lives,” said Cox, who finished with 14 points , eight rebounds and four assists. “We executed on offense and gave it all we had and it worked out.”

Ely finished with 28 points to lead the Tigers, scoring from wherever on the floor she wanted. She had 12 points behind the arc and also was able to post up her defender, getting to the basket or drawing the foul. And she hit the two biggest free throws in the game, going to the line with 30 seconds left and extending a 40-38 lead into a 42-38 margin.

Next up for NHS is a 1:30 p.m. Saturday rematch against Norman North, winners over Lawton in the night game. And confidence is high among the Tigers after Thursday’s big win.

“It feels great to beat Midwest City,” Cox said. “It’s a huge step for us. Now we get to go play our rivals in the playoffs. It’s a great feeling.”

Corbin Hosler

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