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April 24, 2013

Tigers earn home playoff game with victory over Wolves

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NORMAN —

If it was a horrible night to watch a game, it was nonetheless a great night to play one for the Tigers, who, for the most part, played in short sleeves and with nothing to keep their legs warm under their shorts.

“It’s refreshing,” Hockett said. “It kind of keeps you energized the whole time because you want to keep running to stay warm.”

Whatever works.

By the end, the Wolves had actually outshot the Tigers 9-7 and NHS keeper Andrew Arledge had made five saves, two more than Morgensen. But only one of those Santa Fe shots was dangerous. Indeed, Drummond loved the defense his team played.

“The way we played defense tonight was the way we’ve played in the past, which is make sure you keep the play in front of you,” he said. “If the play is in front of you, nothing bad is going to happen, and we were exceedingly good at that tonight.”

There was one downside. In the second half, Briones received his third yellow card of the season, dictating him to miss Friday night’s playoff opener. Of course, if NHS plays Friday as it played Tuesday — and if Norman North manages to not be shocked in its first-round playoff game — Briones should be back just in time for a postseason Crosstown Clash.

Said Hockett, “I think we’re finally kind of putting the pieces together at the right time.”

Clay Horning

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cfhorning@normantranscript.com

 

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