CATOOSA — Edmond North junior Elizabeth Donhoe just needed to breathe. She said she was a little too excited, and it showed in the first quarter.
But once she got rolling, there was nothing to stop her or the Huskies. Paced by Donohoe, Edmond North cruised to a 53-42 win against Norman North in a Class 6A girls state basketball tournament quarterfinal Thursday night.
The Huskies play Norman on Friday night at 7:30 at the Mabee Center in the semifinals.
Donohoe was trying to force things too much in the first quarter and didn't score. Junior Anna Kimsey was there to pick up the slack, scoring eight of her 12 points in the first quarter.
"You have to give credit to the other girls. They found ways to contribute and kept us in our rhythm," Edmond North coach Kevin Korstjens said.
After a brief stay on the bench, Donohoe went to work, scoring 13 points in the second quarter as the Huskies took control of the game.
Donohoe finished with a game-high 23 points.
"We just had to settle down. We knew what we needed to do," Donohoe said.
Korstjens said the key to the game was going to be on the glass, and the Huskies dominated the boards as Norman North was unable to get many second chance opportunities.
Edmond North led by 10 at halftime, but the Timberwolves got to within 32-26 early in the third quarter before the Huskies responded.
Norman North was led by Payge Wilson, who came off the bench for 13 points. Mariah Turner added 10 for the Timberwolves.
The loss ends a big turnaround season for Norman North (18-8), which advanced to state for the first time since 2002.High school basketball tournament coverage sponsored by United Supermarkets.