CATOOSA — On paper, there isn't much to differentiate between the Edmond Memorial and Norman girls basketball teams.
It had been displayed in two prior meetings with each team taking home a victory.
But there's one thing that can't be found in a box score, and it's where the Norman girls excel: state tournament experience.
Down the stretch is where it mattered most as Norman pulled out a 40-34 victory against Edmond Memorial in a Class 6A girls quarterfinal Thursday afternoon at Catoosa High.
The Tigers advance to Friday's semifinal at 7:30 p.m.
While it was Memorial's first trip in six years, it is Norman's seventh trip in a row. The cast of characters changes, but the results remain the same.
"Coach (Matilda) Mossman always tells us to not let past mistakes linger into the present," junior Olivia Meek said. "We stayed calm and played our game."
In Memorial's victory against Norman, the Tigers blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter Thursday, it took just over two minutes for an eight-point lead to vanish.