“I don’t know what else we can do offensively,” Copeland said. “We had the shots, but we couldn’t make them pay for their mistakes. When we turned it over they were able to get to the basket and make us pay. But for whatever reason we haven’t been able to make other teams pay when they make a mistake.”
While an ugly game offensively, the Tigers turned in what may have been their best defensive performance of the year. They forced Edmond Memorial into long possessions that often ended in frustration shots. But NHS had trouble securing defensive rebounds, offsetting their own success on the offensive boards. But while Memorial outrebounded NHS just 30-29, the Bulldogs were able to turn their share of the offensive rebounds into easy putbacks.
Next up for NHS is a rematch at home on Friday against Del City, Class 5A’s 11th-ranked team. The Tigers beat the Eagles 55-48 in the first meeting.