“There were a lot of self-inflicted wounds,” Merritt said. “We were too loose with the ball. When you get a lead you’ve got make the other team have to make great plays to catch you. We didn’t do that.”
It was an especially rough debut for freshman sharpshooter Trae Young, who hit just one shot in the game. Such bumps are expected this season for a young T-Wolves team, but North also showed how potent it can be. The Timberwolves controlled the tempo of the game and forced the Bulldogs into 14 turnovers of its own. And between the penetration of sophomore point guard Marcus Dickinson, the shooting ability of Young and sophomore Lindy Waters, and the inside presence of seniors Kairo Rutledge and Payton Prince, the Timberwolves present a balanced attack that few other teams can boast.
“We have good players,” Merritt said. “The biggest challenge we have right now is creating a cohesive group.”
NHS freshman impressive in debut: Norman High fell to Westmoore in its season opener, but freshman Bethany Franks showed just how dangerous she will be this season.
Franks, standing six feet tall as a freshman, led the Tigers with 22 points, carving up the Westmoore defense in her first high school game. Bethany is the younger sister of Jordan Franks, who graduated from NHS last year.
Norman alums win national title: Former Norman cross country stars now have a national championship to their names.
Mackenzie Wahpepah-Harris and Kyle Wardwell, NHS and North graduates respectively, recently won the NAIA national championship as teammates at Oklahoma City University.
The Stars easily bested the rest of the field, winning the championship by 47 points over Southern Oregon. Wahpepah-Harris finished 25th individually while Wardwell finished 38th.
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