NORMAN — The postseason is in full swing, and some winter weather hasn’t kept Norman’s teams from preparing for this week’s area tournament. The stakes are high for everyone left alive, and but the Norman North girls still have a loss to give.
The seventh-ranked T-Wolves, who will play No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Choctaw, are in the best position. With a win, they’re in.
But it’s a tall task for North (17-5). Edmond Santa Fe is 22-1 and has lost just once this season, to top-ranked Broken Arrow early in the season. The Wolves have a long list of impressive victories, including wins over No. 3 Booker T. Washington, a 57-54 contest in December, and two wins over No. 5 Choctaw.
The two teams haven’t met this season, but they did play in a summer league last year in a game that the Wolves won by six points.
“We know they’re good,” North senior Bri Kuestersteffen said. “But we played them and it was a really close game.”
If North drops the game, it will still have a shot to advance to state with a win at 3 p.m. Saturday over either Westmoore or Putnam City in Yukon. The Timberwolves defeated
Westmoore by double digits twice during the regular season, and haven’t played No. 16 Putnam City.
On the boys’ side, the surprise team of the postseason in Norman High still faces an uphill road to state. The Tigers (5-19) shocked the state when they upset No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe last week. Now, NHS plays Moore 8 p.m. Friday at Edmond North to stay alive. The Lions (16-9) defeated NHS twice during the regular season.
If the Tigers can advance, they’ll meet either fifth-ranked Midwest City or No. 5 Mustang in Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. elimination game at Choctaw.