That North trailed by 14 so late was an indictment of its ineffectiveness. That after the entire gym had given up on the game North nonetheless threatened to pull within a single possession is a tribute to the T-Wolves’ possibilities.
Because almost everybody comes back. Indeed, if North doesn’t find itself back at the 2014 state tourney something will be very wrong.
Freshman Alexa Scott, who finished with 10 points and four rebounds, said nobody expected North to get this far this season. Maybe so, maybe not, but what she said next is not debatable.
“I think that’s motivation to push us harder next season,” she said. “And not just to get back, but to win it all.”
Who knows if a state title’s out there for this team. On the other hand, sentiments like Scott’s are a big part of the battle.
Also, it doesn’t hurt that North’s vast potential has only been partially tapped.
The T-Wolves boast several fine athletes willing to play hard and for each other and buy into the program. This season, they took care of the ball, played fine defense and found themselves in the state tournament.
But Thursday’s lack of urgency wasn’t so unfamiliar. Patience has been a virtue for the T-Wolves this season, but too much of it was part of Thursday’s problem.
And, even as it seems like North’s been a young team forever, it remains the truth, leaving a rawness to the T-Wolves’ game they may eventually outgrow.
Still, North was quite good.
Kuestersteffen came on late with 11 fourth-quarter points to finish with 14, hitting a couple NBA 3s during the comeback. The T-Wolves beat the Redskins on the boards, which is something. And they put down a template for 27 minutes, so clear, they’ll know never to follow it again.
“There are peaks and valleys in games and, unfortunately for us,” Scott said, “there were a lot more valleys.”
They’ll be back.
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