OKLAHOMA CITY —
They played even better after the break, hitting shots and clamping down on defense to force six of the Knights’ 16 turnovers in the quarter. It was the defining factor in a 28-9 NHS run that put the game out of reach for Northwest Classen.
“We were able to hit shots today when we needed to,” coach Matt Thornton said. “Defensively we were lacking in the first quarter, but we picked that up as the game went on.”
Unlike Thursday, when Guthrie was able to come back from 10 down to beat NHS in overtime, the Knights never mounted a serious run. Thornton credited Harper’s leadership on the court for keeping the Tigers in control.
“When your senior point guard gets going it makes all the difference in the world,” he said. “He’s always been capable of having a big game, and today he was able to do that. For us, it was exactly what the doctor ordered.”
Next up is today’s consolation final against Deer Creek at 3 p.m., a game the Tigers are heading into with more confidence now that the five-game losing streak is behind them.
“Confidence is a big thing in these games,” Thornton said. “We’ve just got to keep ourselves going offensively and play together. When we play together, that’s when we play really well.”
Mustang 46, Norman High girls 33: Norman High fell to a second straight loss Friday when Mustang slowed down the Tigers enough to roll to a 46-33 victory.
With leading scorer Taylor Ely still out with a badly sprained ankle, the Tigers struggled to score against the Mustang defense, turning in one of their lowest scoring efforts of the year.
With Ely expected to miss at least another week, the Tigers have one more game today at the Westmoore tournament to find some scoring production from their role players. They face a true road game when they take on Westmoore at 1:30 today.