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January 23, 2013

First half deficit too much for T-Wolves

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NORMAN —

“We did not shoot well,” Southmoore coach Britney Kannady-Sayes said. “So what I was harping on was defense and rebounding. That’s what won the game for us.”

Actually, the SaberCats did so much rebounding (a 36-23 advantage) and forced so many turnovers (18 to their own 11), they didn’t have to play so much defense.

Sophomore Seritha Hawkins led everybody with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Kayla Tucker added 11 points and four steals, all the while keeping Kuestersteffen from getting any good looks in North’s half-court offense. Olsen finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

North’s biggest lead was 8-3 in the first quarter before Southmoore went on its run.

Nobody for the T-Wolves finished in double figures. Kuestersteffen led with eight points and four rebounds. Paige Canty added seven points. Scott led North with eight rebounds.

The T-Wolves have a week to digest the loss before playing host to Midwest City Jan. 29. A new ascension may have already begun.

“We played a lot better in the second half,” Blough said.

The SaberCats, riding a three-game winning streak that began with victories over Edmond Memorial and Midwest City will be the favorite at the John Nobles Invitational, beginning Thursday at Moore.

“We try to set the tone and the tempo,” Kannady-Hayes said.

They sure did it Tuesday night.

Clay Horning

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cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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