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February 22, 2013

Cox, Ely spur Tigers in upset over Bombers

NORMAN — Clinging to a shrinking lead, Bethany Cox held the ball near halfcourt, one of the few times in the fourth quarter the Tigers were able to get the ball past midcourt cleanly. As a pair of Midwest City defenders rushed toward her, the senior calmly zipped a pass under the basket, where it found a waiting Taylor Ely for a reverse layup that helped seal the upset win.

The play was one of many that Cox and Ely, who combined to score all but two of NHS’ points, created in a 44-38 victory Thursday over Midwest City in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs.

The win shocked most of those in attendance, not least of all the Midwest City bench. The Bombers had made the state tournament in each of the last five years and had handily defeated NHS in the two previous meetings this season.

But things were different from the start on Thursday. Taylor Ely hit a 3 on the Tigers’ opening possession, part of a scorching hot start that put NHS up 19-7 early in the second quarter and set the tone for the rest of the game. Ely and Cox each hit a pair of 3s during the run, including an off-balance buzzer-beater that banked in at the end of the first quarter.

“Having a start like that, it allowed us to take a deep breath and realize we could play with them,” coach Nichole Copeland said. “It was really important for us.”

Building on the hot start, NHS rolled to a 24-11 halftime lead. But Midwest City wasn’t going away. The Bombers came out in a full-court press in the third quarter that frustrated the Tigers into a series of turnovers that allowed Midwest City to cut it to a two-possession game.

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