Saddled with foul trouble, Edmond North senior Carlbe Ervin fought through to score a game-high 25 points and lead the Huskies to a much-needed 69-61 win over visiting Edmond Santa Fe on Friday night.
Ervin had 14 points in the first quarter, including a monster slam, followed almost immediately by a 3-pointer. But foul trouble hit, and he had to spend significant minutes on the bench from the second quarter on.
“Carlbe came out with great energy. He's our tone-setter,” first-year Edmond North coach Steven Goss said. “I thought he did a great job defensively, too.
“I told him at halftime that even though he was in foul trouble, he needed to still be aggressive, and I thought he did a good job of that in the second half.”
Goss said the win provided a needed boost for the Huskies, who have gone through a rough stretch with losses in four of their last seven games.
“It was paramount for us to get a win like this one before we go into the playoffs. It was really big,” he said.
MEMORIAL WINS WITHOUT COWHERD
No. 2 Edmond Memorial backed up Thursday night's win over No. 1 Midwest City with another victory Friday, this time doing it without its head coach on the sideline.
Coach Shane Cowherd was serving a one-game suspension from the OSSAA for what an Edmond administrator called “a minor rules violation” regarding a misinterpreted rule.
Wichita State signee Shaquille Morris had 17 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 75-42 win over Southmoore on Friday.
Morris also had 17 Thursday in the 69-62 win over Midwest City, the Bombers' first of the season. Edmond Memorial was led by Jordan Woodard with 22 points.
UNDERCLASSMEN BOOST NORMAN NORTH
This might not be Norman North's year to make a run in Class 6A.
The Timberwolves, though, sure look like a team of the future.
No. 18 Norman North used a lineup of primarily freshmen and juniors to avenge an earlier loss to rival Norman, winning 52-49 on Friday night in the Crosstown Clash.
“We knew we had to get this win,” Norman North's Marcus Dickinson said. “We were a little rusty the first time we played them, but we all gave a commitment to playing at a higher level and that paid off tonight.”
Norman had plenty of chances in the final minute to tie it as the Timberwolves missed the front end of a pair of one-and-ones in the last 20 seconds of regulation.
But the Tigers couldn't take advantage and Norman North closed out the regular season with the win.
“It was too tight there at the end with us not hitting our free throws, but as long as we got the win, that's all that matters,” Dickinson said.
Dickinson, one of those freshmen, finished with a game-high 15 points. Junior Kairo Rutledge had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Norman had four players in double figures — Sam Blodgett (14), Cooper Clark (13), Jay Finley (10) and Daniel Harper (10) — but only got two points from the rest of its roster.
RANEY'S SHOT SAVES CASHION
Cashion kept its season alive thanks to freshman point guard Vaughn Raney's 27-foot 3-pointer with one second to play in double-overtime that gave the Wildcats a 56-55 win over Okeene in a Class A regional elimination game.
Raney finished with a game-high 15 points.
Dillon Thompson had 24 points and Trey Ayala had 20 as Westmoore nipped Moore 75-72 in overtime. ... Sophomore Tyson Jolly scored 14 points in the first quarter on his way to 20 for the night as Putnam City West knocked off Mustang 64-53. ... Malik Barnett scored 31 points in Carl Albert's 71-52 win over Western Heights. ... Harrah's Collin Jennings had 29 points in a 78-52 district playoff win over McLoud. ... Colton Lindsey's 17 points led Christian Heritage to a 63-52 playoff win over Depew. ... Southwest Covenant's Josh McMinn had 38 points in a 71-56 win over Binger-Oney in a Class A regional elimination game.