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January 10, 2013

T-Wolves get some respect

NORMAN — With its victory over then-No. 7 Edmond Memorial last week, Norman North earned the respect it was seeking. A one-point overtime loss to then-No. 5 Midwest City propelled the T-Wolves even further, all the way to a 9-2 record and the distinction of being ranked sixth in Class 6A.

Heading into this weekend’s tournament in Ada, where the T-Wolves will tip off at 1 p.m. against Stillwater, coach Jeff Blough is pleased with how far his team has come. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to work on.

“One of the things we need to do is get better movement in our motion offense,” he said. “We need to move better without the ball and set screens.”

Aside from that, the biggest thing Blough wants his team to gain from this weekend is confidence.

“We’re playing well,” he said. “We need to stay confident and keep doing what we’re doing, and keep doing it better.”

While Blough is more general, leading scorer Bri Kuestersteffen, who hit the game-tying free throws to send Monday’s game with Midwest City into overtime, isn’t mincing words.

“From this tournament we want to take away three wins and more confidence,” she said. “With how young our team is, we just want to get more games under our belts and more experience.”

NHS headed to Westmoore: While the NHS boys head to McGuinness, the girls will travel to Westmoore for the tournament weekend, where they will face Booker T. Washington at 1 p.m. today.

The most important thing for the Tigers this weekend may be how effectively leading scorer Taylor Ely is able to return to the lineup. After sitting out several games with a badly sprained ankle, coach Nichole Copeland hopes to get the junior some minutes this weekend.

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