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January 24, 2013

Tigers’ Finley cleared to practice, could play next week

NORMAN — Taylor Ely isn’t the only Tiger returning from an extended injury.

Senior guard Jay Finley has been out for more than a month with a stress fracture in his lower back. He expects to return to practice on Wednesday and hopes to play in next Friday’s contest with Midwest City.

“I’m feeling better and I’ve been working out to get back on the court,” said Finley, who last played on Dec. 20 against Norman North. “I was originally supposed to be back next Thursday, but the doctor wanted me to practice two days before I played so I should be back on Wednesday.”

NHS was reeling in December after losing their leading scorer, dropping three straight games in a holiday tournament. But the Tigers have won three of their last four, including a big win over Moore last week to avenge a loss from earlier in the season.

Finley’s return to the lineup can only help the Tigers, who dropped Friday’s game to Westmoore. In the two teams’ previous meeting this year, an overtime win for NHS in the championship game of the Durant tournament, Finley scored eight straight points in overtime to give NHS the win.

Hitting the road: In the final tournament weekend of the season, two Norman teams will be on the road playing while the other two spend their time in the gym.

The NHS girls are playing in the Carl Albert tournament this weekend, starting with an 11:30 a.m. game against Putnam City, while the Norman North boys travel to Shawnee to play.

The NHS boys and North girls, on the other hand, have already played the maximum of three tournaments allowed this season and will instead use the break to practice.

With just a few games left before playoff seedings are determined, every game and practice is vital. The NHS girls face a tough field including Edmond North, Yukon and Putnam City, while North also faces a challenging field in Shawnee.

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