The Norman Transcript

Sports

February 28, 2013

Tigers still comfortable as underdogs

NORMAN — After Norman High’s surprising 44-38 upset of Midwest City in the elimination round at the outset of the Class 6A playoffs, coach Nichole Copeland told her team they had nothing to lose. It was a message that resonated with the Tigers.

“Beating Midwest City was a huge step for us,” senior Bethany Cox said after the win that guaranteed the Tigers at least two more games. “It’s a great experience.”

Now, even after a disappointing 43-33 loss to North in the regional championship, Copeland’s message hasn’t changed.

“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we just have to come out ready to play,” she said. “We have another chance.”

NHS (9-16) is now just two wins short of the state tournament. Unfortunately for the Tigers, that road became a little more difficult after Edmond Memorial (15-8) upset fourth-ranked Southmoore (20-4) on Saturday. That means NHS must defeat Southmoore at 8 p.m. today in Choctaw and then win another game to advance to state.

Southmoore is an athletic team that has competed all season like a serious state-title contender. The SaberCats own a pair of impressive wins over No. 8 Norman North and Midwest City this season, and also fell by just three points to second-ranked Muskogee. Southmoore beat NHS 48-27 in the season opener and again 56-43 on Jan. 29.

But it’s in that last loss that Copeland is drawing hope. The Tigers came out focused and intense in that game, with Copeland making just one substitution in the contest. Her goal that game was to let the SaberCats know they were in for “a battle,” something she felt the Tigers had accomplished by the end.

And along the way NHS nearly pulled off the upset. They were down just four points at halftime and cut the deficit to just one point early in the second half before Cox picked up her fourth foul and was forced to sit. That allowed the SaberCats to regain the momentum, and they used an 11-0 run to put the game away.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • OU V Texas Casey sparks Sooners at the plate against Longhorns

    Oklahoma put runners in scoring position all night, but midway through Thursday’s series opener against Texas, the Sooners couldn’t do much with them. Heading into the bottom of the fifth, they had stranded a handful of runners, including ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tigers take series with Timberwolves

    Heather Jones made her final Crosstown Clash contest a game to remember....

    April 18, 2014

  • Shannon won’t face criminal charges

    Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon will not face criminal charges for an alleged sexual assault. Any punishment he receives will be through the University....

    April 18, 2014

  • Offense disappears in shutout loss to Mountaineers

    Everything Oklahoma did Thursday night looked rushed. It fell behind quickly, hacked at pitches early in counts and even recorded outs in a time-efficient manner....

    April 18, 2014

  • Sooners eager for title shot

    After fighting all season long to stay near the top of the women’s gymnastics rankings, the time has come for Oklahoma to show it belongs there. The NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships kick-off at 1 p.m. today and the second ranked ...

    April 18, 2014

  • North girls escape with win over ESF

    EDMOND — Ranked No. 5 in the state and the winners of six straight games, three of them over top 10 teams, the Norman North girls looked every bit the dominant team Thursday night at Edmond Santa Fe … right up until they flirted with ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Fieger leads Senior PGA

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Gene Fieger shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship....

    April 18, 2014

  • Kuchar builds on momentum

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday. Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Angel Jimenez set for Champions Tour debut

    DULUTH, Ga. — Miguel Angel Jimenez’s starring role in the best Masters ever for players 50 and over was the perfect lead-in for his Champions Tour debut....

    April 18, 2014

  • Puig focuses on baseball despite issues

    SAN FRANCISCO — Yasiel Puig believes he has the support from his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and the club to help him keep his focus on baseball despite challenges off the field....

    April 18, 2014

Facebook