The Norman Transcript

March 7, 2013

Illness sidelines Scott at practice

By Corbin Hosler and Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Norman North freshman Alexa Scott hit the game-tying shot last week that allowed the Timberwolves to advance to the state tournament, where they’ll meet Tulsa Union at 3:30 p.m. today at Skiatook.

But the last few days haven’t gone as well for Scott. She came down sick with a stomach virus and has been fighting it all week, limiting her practice time.

Coach Jeff Blough said she’s shown some improvement in the last 24 hours and he expects her to be closer to 100 percent for tonight’s quarterfinal game.

Early wake-up call: If Norman North defeats Union tonight, a packed tournament schedule won’t do the T-Wolves any favors.

Friday’s semifinal game will be played at 9 a.m. at the Mabee Center and would come against either Bixby or Edmond Memorial. If Memorial and North both win, the semifinal meeting would be the fifth time this year the two teams have played.

“That’s unheard of, playing the same team even four times a year, much less five,” coach Jeff Blough said. “As for playing early, it’s not optimal and we’ll have to get the girls up early to get the blood flowing in time for the game. But the other team has to deal with it too.”

Hornet troubles: Southmoore will have its hands full with a Booker T. Washington squad that has lost only three times this season. But more importantly, they have allowed only 889 points this year, which is second best in Class 6A.

However, SaberCats coach Britney Kannady-Sayes said her team will hold their own against the Hornets.

“I think their quickness and transition is going to be key with them,” Kannady-Sayes said. “They are very similar to what we saw last Saturday versus Putnam City. But I think we have several advantages on them as well.”

Mid-State dominance: Of the eight teams who will compete in the girls 6A state tournament, three of them come from the Mid-State Conference. Norman North, Southmoore and Edmond Memorial make up almost 75 percent of the teams coming out of the west side of the state.

Del City also made the 5A state tournament. So half of the conference will be playing games today.

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