NORMAN — Norman High
Last week: In their only game of the week, the Tigers lost to Westmoore on Tuesday.
This week: The Tigers have home games against Southmoore and Midwest City, both teams that knocked off NHS earlier in the season.
Outlook: Jay Finley is progressing faster than expected and plans to play Tuesday against Southmoore. It’s an important addition for the Tigers, who have been without Finley for more than a month.
Last week: Took fifth place at the Carl Albert tournament, winning two games on the weekend.
This week: NHS will host Southmoore on Tuesday and Midwest City on Friday.
Outlook: A lot of things are going right for coach Nichole Copeland’s team right now. The Tigers recently got leading scorer Taylor Ely back from injury and won two games in a tough field at the Carl Albert tournament.
Last week: Finished second at the Shawnee tournament, winning two games before falling 61-56 to Southeast in the title game.
This week: The T-Wolves play No. 1 Midwest City at home on Tuesday and Moore on Friday.
Outlook: Things are progressing nicely for North. The freshman duo of Lindy Waters and Marcus Dickinson is getting better, and the upperclassmen also have made strides. The combination makes for a dangerous North team that has the talent to compete at the highest level if the Timberwolves can eliminate some of the mental mistakes that still occasionally plague them.
Last week: Dropped an ugly game to Southmoore on Tuesday.
This week: After having the tournament weekend off, the T-Wolves host Midwest City on Tuesday and Moore on Friday.
Outlook: It’s not time for panic yet at North, where the T-Wolves have lost three of four — all to top-10 teams from Class 5A and 6A. Still, North could use a big win against No. 8 Midwest City on Tuesday.
Last week: The Royals pulled off an impressive overtime win against Class 5A’s Noble on Tuesday and competed in the Cashion tournament over the weekend.
This week: CCS faces Maysville on Tuesday and Elmore City Pernell on Saturday, with both games coming at home.
Outlook: If there was any doubt that CCS was a real threat in Class 2A, it should be eliminated after a week in which the Royals showed they have what it takes to compete with much larger schools. Next up are a string of games against similarly sized competition before the playoffs begin in two weeks.
Last week: Dropped a close game to Class 5A’s Noble on Tuesday.
This week: After a week playing against larger schools, CCS goes the other way this week with games against Class A teams Maysville and Elmore City Pernell on Tuesday and Saturday.
Outlook: The Royals faced an uphill battle last week with several games against opponents from higher classes, and they largely held their own. Just a few weeks from the start of the postseason, that’s an encouraging sign for the Royals.
— Corbin Hosler