Taking a 36-21 edge after a natural three-point play from Haley Woodard halfway into the third quarter, the game might as well have been over.
Thanks to all the missed free throws, the Pioneers got within 44-37 with about 3 minutes remaining. From there, North finally made some free tosses and Stillwater didn’t score again.
Kuestersteffen led with 15 points, three steals and three assists, yet maybe best of all, she captained an offense that committed three first-quarter turnovers but only two more the rest of the game.
Williams finished with 11 points. Mougell added eight. Alexa Scott led everybody with eight rebounds. Woodward added seven points and five boards.
Stilwater (6-4) got 11 points from Austin Iven and 10 from Lauren Stettenisch.
North (10-2) should be getting used to big game’s like today’s. Last Friday, ranked No. 11, the T-Wolves upset then-No. 7 Memorial 45-37 at the North Gym.
Monday, the T-Wolves found themselves No. 6 in the latest Class 6A coaches poll, only to fall that night at No. 7 Midwest City 45-44 in overtime.
So here they are today, with a 4 p.m. tip against the Bulldogs, now ranked 10th after losing at North.
“We definitely thought that was a respect game,” Kuestersteffen said, referencing last Friday. “But now the pressure’s on because we beat them once. I feel like if we play like we’re capable of playing, it will be a good outcome.”
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