MIDWEST CITY —
“If we don’t miss those early layups, then maybe we get some confidence going and it’s a different game,” Copeland said. “We can’t make those mistakes. But besides that, it really wasn’t our offense that was the issue tonight. It was a lack of heart on defense.”
Things won’t get any easier for NHS, with a matchup with No. 7 Southmoore on Friday looming. With that in mind, Copeland said the Tigers would go back to the basics in practice.
“Obviously we weren’t ready to play tonight, and I take that responsibility on myself,” she said after the game. “But that changes tomorrow. We’re going to work on defense. We’re going to work on hitting layups going full speed. We’re going to get it fixed.”
Midwest City 74, Norman High boys 49: The Bombers kept running at the Tigers, then making substitutions and running some more. And eventually, the Tigers ran out, as the high-pressure Bombers defeated NHS 74-49.
Third-ranked Midwest City (11-1) led from the start, as Cedric Fair started the game off scorching hot and made his first three three-pointers as part of a 19-point first quarter. Fair wouldn’t score again, but his hot start gave the Bombers the lead they needed, and their pressure wore the Tigers down over the course of the game.
Desmond Oguno turned in one his best games of the season for the Tigers (2-5), scoring 14 points and adding seven rebounds, while Cooper Clark had nine points and seven boards. Fair led the Bombers in scoring, and Louis Parker turned in a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
“You’ve got to give them a lot of credit; they’re athletic and they crash the boards,” NHS coach Matt Thornton said. “But our guys never quit, and we saw some good things from some guys tonight.”
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