“The little things cost us tonight,” sophomore guard Cooper Clark said. “Defensively, we played them as well as we could, but we made mistakes on the little stuff.”
Clark led NHS with 20 points in a game marked by hot shooting beyond the arc. The two squads combined to hit 16 three-pointers, with Westmoore’s Trey Ayala leading the way with four on his way to 14 points.
Sam Blodgett added 16 and six rebounds for NHS, and was able to connect early and often with Daniel Harper, who filled up the stat sheet with nine points, five rebounds and seven assists. The duo propelled NHS to a 35-30 halftime lead, a lead that disappeared as Westmoore went on a 12-5 run in the third quarter to take its first lead.
That set up a wild fourth quarter in which the lead changed hands several times, with each squad responding to big shots with one of its own, all the way to the buzzer.
Next up for NHS is the regular-season finale, a Crosstown Clash at home at 7:45 p.m. against Norman North.
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