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April 30, 2014

NHS girls finish season strong

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NORMAN —

“I like staying busy,” she said.

Moore also had a thought on the season, recalling that it was a three-game tournament weekend in Tulsa where everything turned around for the Tigers.

“(We) divide our season into three sections: pre-Tulsa, Tulsa and post-Tulsa,” she said, “and post-Tulsa has been amazing and we just don’t like thinking about before.”

Midfielder Gracie Koonce, who almost set up Haile for a goal and then fed Haile, who fed Robb for the goal, believes it’s all coming together for the Tigers.

“We’re reaching a peak at the right time,” she said.

Also, said Koonce, “We wanted to get home field.”

The Tigers got it.

Norman North girls 2, Mustang 1: Norman North girls coach Don Rother wanted to reward his seniors and he did it by playing them almost exclusively the first 24 minutes and the last 10 Tuesday night at the North pitch.

So, even though the Timberwolves 2-1 victory might not appear that impressive, the minute they played as they would have on any other night were, in Rother’s estimation, among their best of the season.

In between those two spans, North scored both its goals and had opportunities to score many more. Though it took most of the first half for North to put its first shot at the Broncos, the T-Wolves exited the game with an 18-9 advantage.

“As far as playing quick and playing together, I thought it was the we’ve done (this season),” Rother said. “I don’t know how we didn’t score in the first half.”

However, it didn’t take long in the second.

Lexi Carroll, off a cross from Haley Woodard, tied the game 1-1 just 3 minutes into the half. Ten minutes later, off an assist from Sheridan Spelman, Francesca Ryan scored the game winner.”

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