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March 3, 2014

Norman area teams still in the state hunt

NORMAN — After the first weekend of playoff basketball, three of four Norman teams are still in the hunt for the state tournament, and with the release of area playoff sites, they now know exactly what it will take to make it there.

The eighth-ranked Norman North girls are in the best spot. After winning the regional they stand just one win short of the tournament, and will have a chance to pick up that win at 6:30 p.m. Thursday against second-ranked Edmond Santa Fe in Choctaw. The two teams haven’t met this season, but they did play in a summer league last year in a game that the T-Wolves won by six points.

The North boys, who lost Saturday’s regional final to Mustang after starter Lindy Waters went out early in the first quarter, will play Southmoore at 8 p.m. Friday at Choctaw. The ninth-ranked T-Wolves beat the SaberCats by a single basket early in the season, but won by 24 when the teams met last season. If North can advance past Southmoore, the T-Wolves will have to defeat either No. 8 Lawton Eisenhower or top-ranked Putnam City West.

Surprising everyone in the state, Norman High is still alive after upsetting seventh-ranked Edmond Santa Fe last weekend. The season-defining win means the Tigers are still alive, and will face No. 16 Moore at 8 p.m. Friday at Edmond North. If they beat the Lions, the Tigers will play either No. 5 Mustang or No. 2 Midwest City for a bid to the state tournament. Moore has soundly defeated NHS in both previous meetings this season.

Around the area, the Southmoore girls are still alive, and will face Lawton Eisenhower at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Edmond Memorial. Likewise, Westmoore must win two straight games to advance to state, and will start with an 8 p.m. game against Putnam City at Choctaw.

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