Don't let the 8-7 record fool you. Putnam City North is up for any challenge.
After receiving some good news about their postseason future Thursday afternoon, the Panthers celebrated in the evening with a 66-42 victory over Westmoore in the first round of Deer Creek's Bruce Gray Invitational.
PC North used some hot shooting to build an early lead, including three 3-pointers from Logan McGill in the first half. He finished with 15 points, and sophomore Micah Speight had 17 of his 21 points in the second half to close the door on the Jaguars.
PC North and Edmond Memorial learned Thursday afternoon that they will be sent to the east side of the state for regional playoffs next month, getting them out of the much deeper west side bracket.
Meanwhile, PC North coach Rick Harris has been watching his team gel with a talented mix of youth and experienced seniors fighting through a challenging schedule.
“We've had some hiccups, some losses where we felt we should've won,” Harris said. “And we've played some really good teams and hung in with them. Our schedule has been brutal, but we just have to fight through it and keep getting better.”
On Monday, the Panthers upset No. 4-ranked Edmond Santa Fe, then lost to Mustang by 11 Tuesday night. Now they'll get a chance to redeem that loss in Friday's semifinals. Mustang defeated Northeast 80-64 behind 20 points from Geoffrey Hightower.
DEER CREEK RALLIES PAST WESTERN HEIGHTS
With a go-ahead layup from Tyler Haddock and a game-saving block by Connor Avants, Deer Creek capped a rally for its second straight one-point victory, 39-38 over Western Heights.