By Corbin Hosler and Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — After playing one of its best games of the year Friday to defeat Edmond Memorial and advance to the championship game of the East Central Oklahoma tournament, Norman North fell flat on Saturday.
Playing against Class 5A’s top-ranked Shawnee, the T-Wolves didn’t bring the same energy or aggressiveness they did on Friday, and it cost them in a 45-36 loss.
“We got beat by a better team today,” North coach Jeff Blough said. “We weren’t as aggressive as we’ve been. We stood and watched too much, which is uncharacteristic of us. We had no sense of urgency today.”
Another problem for North was foul trouble. The T-Wolves were forced to sit too many players with fouls and gave up 26 free throws to Shawnee, while only shooting two of their own.
“I was just disappointed in our demeanor tonight,” Blough said after the game. “But we’ve got a quick turnaround, so we’ve got to get back out there.”
Norman High 58, Deer Creek 44: After a disappointing Day One, the Tigers rebounded to win their last two games at the Bishop McGuinness Classic, closing the weekend with a 58-44 victory over Deer Creek.
After playing even with Deer Creek early, NHS took control in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 29-18 lead.
But it was the third quarter where the Tigers put the game away. Led by Cooper Clark, who hit five straight three pointers to open the second half, the Tigers built a 20-point lead they would never relinquish
Clark finished with 21 points to lead the way for the Tigers and Sam Blodgett, who was named to the all-tournament team after the game, added eight for NHS.
“It was a complete team effort today,” coach Matt Thornton said. “Of course, it makes you look like a much better coach when the ball goes in the hole, and Cooper had an amazing game today. And Sam was able to set up those shots by making the defense collapse inside.”
Next up for NHS is a 7:45 p.m. game Friday at Moore.
Westmoore 43, Norman High girls 40: A narrow loss to Westmoore ended a disappointing weekend for NHS at the Westmoore Tournament.
NHS coach Nichole Copeland said that, while the Tigers had their chances, they weren’t able to convert enough of them to pull ahead near the end.
Bethany Cox led NHS with 11 points and Albany Anderson has seven while being named to the All-Tournament team.
Next up for NHS is a 6:15 p.m. road game on Friday at Moore.
Anadarko 62, Southmoore 50: Facing the No. 1 team in 4A, the third ranked Lady SaberCats fought hard for three quarters, but were unable to keep pace in the final period of Saturday’s Anadarko Warriors Classic title game.
With 6:15 left in the game and the SaberCats trailing by only three, the Beatty sisters took over for the Warriors. Ashley Beatty, drained a 3-pointer to push the lead to six. On their next trip down senior Lakota Beatty, who has signed to play at Oklahoma State, knocked down her own trey to give Anadarko a 47-38 advantage.
The two sisters led the Warriors on a 19-9 run to put the game away.
Serithia Hawkins paced the Cats with 14 points and seven rebounds and senior Kayla Tucker scored 12 points and four assists in the loss.
Southmoore drops to 9-3 on the season.
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