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January 29, 2014

Prep roundup: Tigers putting wins together

NORMAN — Norman High continued its winning ways Tuesday at Del City.

The girls, who won two games over ranked opponents last weekend at the Carl Albert tournament, picked up another victory with a 65-53 win over Del City on Tuesday.

Led by Taylor Ely’s 31 points, the Tigers built an 18-point first-half lead over Del City before allowing the Eagles back into the game with a poor third quarter. But NHS made enough plays down the stretch to pull away for the win.

“Being up that much at halftime was new for us, and I was disappointed in the way we came out in the third quarter,” coach Nichole Copeland said. “A lot of that is inexperience and not being used to winning. But we made enough plays in the fourth quarter to win the game.”

It was the third win in four games for NHS (6-11), which will next play Friday at Moore.

While the girls pulled away for the win, the boys took the game to overtime before falling 70-65. John Michael Benardello led the Tigers with 27 points, but the Tigers (3-10) came up just short against Class 5A’s eigth-ranked team.

Rankings update

The Norman North girls, who found a way to win two games in a tournament weekend despite being down three regular players, lead the way at No. 8 in the most recent rankings. The Timberwolves (9-4) played without starters Sam Landreth and Bri Kuestersteffen as well as sixth man Julian Mougell. All three are expected to make their way back in the next week or two, possibly as soon as the T-Wolves’ next game Friday against Del City.

The North boys have moved to No. 9 in the rankings after the T-Wolves (11-5) won the Shawnee tournament. The NHS girls didn’t move into the top 20 after upsetting No. 15 Putnam City and Class 2A’s No. 1 Millwood at the Carl Albert Titan Classic last weekend.

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