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December 12, 2012

Tigers begin gauntlet

NORMAN — Norman High got a look at the No. 3 team in the state on Tuesday, and the Bombers showed the Tigers how far they have to go in a lopsided, 73-38, game.

“Their pressure hurt us a lot,” coach Matt Thornton said. “It was just the little things, turning it over and not blocking out. They’re a really good team.”

Sam Blodgett led the Tigers with 11 points and Jay Finley added eight, but the Tigers couldn’t slow the Bombers’ high-powered offense and up-tempo style.

We played a little timid and didn’t do what we needed to do to get it done, but you really can’t take anything negative from this,” Thornton said. “These are things we’ve got to work on.”

Midwest City girls 49, Norman High 32: The Tigers took a step forward on the defensive end of the floor Tuesday night, slowing the Bombers prolific offense and keeping them in the game. Unfortunately, NHS took a step backward on the offensive end, and as a result Midwest City was able to pull away.

“It was another night of 23 percent shooting from the field,” coach Nichole Copeland said. “Most of our shots were inside the paint, but we couldn’t hit any and we didn’t hit a three-point shot all night.”

Bethany Cox led the Tigers with 20 points, but she was the only one who was able to get it going. Midwest City took a 16-point lead into halftime and was able to withstand a furious rally by NHS that brought the Tigers to within a possession early in the fourth quarter.

“We played hard and we fought, and at times we played good enough defensively to be in the game,” Copeland said. “But until we can put the ball in the hole it’s going to be a struggle.”

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