NORMAN — If there’s one common thread between Norman High and Norman North, it’s the inconsistency that both teams have shown at times this season. It was a concern that was on full display on Tuesday night, when the Tigers played an up and down game against Edmond Memorial and the Timberwolves allowed themselves to fall behind 23-6 against Southmoore before mounting a comeback.
It’s in that context that NHS (0-2) travels to No. 11 North (4-1) for the season’s first Crosstown Clash, a contest between two talented teams that split games last season and are looking to build some consistency this year.
The Timberwolves took a big step forward in that respect with last week’s tournament win in Burkburnett, Texas, before taking a step back against Southmoore. The Tigers, on the other hand, are simply trying to consistently get on the court after losing one game and an entire tournament to severe winter weather.
“We showed a lot of good stuff tonight, but we’re just too inconsistent to do much with it right now,” coach Matt Thornton said after Tuesday’s loss to Edmond Memorial. “I see a lot of good things, and we’ve got some time to figure it out.”
The Tigers have a prime opportunity this weekend to show how much they’ve figured out in that time. After tonight’s Clash, they’ll travel to Del City Saturday for a make-up game, giving them a chance to even out their record heading into Christmas break.
For North, the first several weeks have been an adjustment to Merritt’s system. With several new faces on a young roster, the Timberwolves nearly upset defending state champion Edmond Memorial before going on a four-game winning streak. Tuesday’s poor start was a setback, but the T-Wolves showed just how dangerous they could be by storming back to win the game.