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December 21, 2013

T-Wolves too much for Tigers

NORMAN — Norman North lost its season opener to defending state champion Edmond Memorial in overtime. Since then, the Timberwolves have been unbeatable. With a tournament victory last weekend and a come-from-behind win over Southmoore on Tuesday, confidence was high for the T-Wolves heading into Friday night’s Crosstown Clash.

And that spelled trouble for Norman High, which slowed but couldn’t stop North’s high-powered offense and attacking defense as the Timberwolves cruised to a 68-43 win in the season’s first Clash.

NHS (0-3) was playing just its third game of the season with an inexperienced roster, while the Timberwolves’ pieces all seem to be falling into place heading into the holiday break. North got production from its guards but dominated the paint behind the duo of Payton Prince and Kairo Rutledge. The two combined to score 23 points and pull in 11 rebounds as the Timberwolves owned the inside from start to finish. They out-rebounded the Tigers by double digits and owned a double-digit lead for most of the game.

“We had a lot of momentum coming into tonight, and that kind of takes care of itself,” said Prince, who had 14 points and six rebounds. “We believed we would come out and win, and we played with a lot of fight and intensity.”

Sitting at 5-1 heading into the holiday break, Prince said the T-Wolves still have their eyes on the end goal.

“We want to make it to state, and we still have work to do,” he said. “We’re taking some time off, but we’ve still got to be working and in the gym.”

The Tigers played well in spurts, but could never quite catch North, which forced the Tigers into bad shots while allowing NHS just four assists on the night, compared to 13 for North. Cooper Clark led NHS with 11 points and five rebounds, but was held scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter when North was up 17 points.

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