NORMAN — Norman High coach Nichole Copeland has spent her week preparing for a showdown tonight against Midwest City. But, while she may have spent most of her time on Xs and Os, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t found time to step back and look at the big picture.
And that picture is full of more than just basketball.
Senior Lexi Seburg has started most of the year for the Tigers. An excellent defender, she often draws one of the toughest defensive assignments, making her a valuable part of the lineup. But in Friday’s Crosstown Clash against Norman North, the game began to move in a different direction.
That’s when Copeland, her team in need of a more potent offensive lineup, pulled Seburg aside.
“I told her the game had changed and I was going to change things up,” Copeland said.
That wasn’t easy for Seburg, a senior playing her last home game, to hear. But she accepted her coach’s decision and stayed engaged on the bench throughout the entire game and translated that energy to the court when she did return.
“That was really big for her,” Copeland said. “It’s a big personal step, and she handled it really well. I’m proud of her. It’s easy sometimes to get focused on wins and losses and lose sight of the big picture, which is helping kids to mature.”
Loss drives SaberCats: Southmoore is coming off a tough, 48-47, overtime loss to No. 16 Edmond Memorial last week. It ended the SaberCats’ chances of remaining undefeated at home and in the Mid-State conference.
But instead of letting the defeat drag them down, senior Kayla Tucker said it will become a source of motivation when No. 4 Southmoore hosts its first regional tournament in program history.
“We are focused,” Tucker said. “After Friday we came back a lot more hungry and a lot more ready to get this thing started. We’ve learned from all of our losses, but this one hurt the worst. We might have been getting a little big headed going on, but it definitely brought us back down and we know we need to work hard, day in and day out.”