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October 2, 2012

Tigers cruise past Wolverines

NORMAN — Monday night at the NHS Gym, Norman High had it easy against Lawton.

Sweeping the Wolverines 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-15), Senior Night was a smashing success for Carly Buss, Molly Pattison, Katie Willeford and Kylzey McAllister, the 12th-grade Tigers, leaders on a program in transition.

It was a fine night in a, well, call it a reasonably good season.

The victory lifted NHS to 10-20 under first-year coach Randi Lewis-Coffey with a Class 6A regional tournament Thursday at second-ranked Edmond North still to go.

Not too bad because, if wins have been scarce, they haven’t been as scarce as last season, and enthusiasm, also scarce last season, is abundant.

“My team has grown a lot over the season,” Lewis-Coffey said. “We’re a really young team, so we have our ups and downs, but they’ve really pushed through the last few weeks of the season.”

Scrolling through the Tigers’ slate, big wins have been hard to come by, yet the program has been competitive.

The Tigers have a win over Bixby, the then-No. 11 team in Class 5A. They got 20 points in the middle set against No. 3 Edmond Memorial and 18 in the final set against No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe. And they have their 10 victories.

You have to start somewhere.

“I think the biggest turnaround for this season would be the teamwork and the communication,” Lewis-Coffey said. “They hadn’t been playing as a team and they really weren’t taught how to do that, and that’s where it starts for my team.”

For the players, it may start with Lewis-Coffey, the rookie coach who’s just a few years older than the girls she put on the court.

A 2006 Noble graduate who played volleyball for the Bears before playing it at Northern Oklahoma in Tonkowa, she’s guiding a young team that looks forward to taking the court.

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