Edmond Memorial hasn't utilized a 2-3 zone much this season or even worked it on much in practice.
Tuesday night, though, it worked to near perfection in the final three quarters as the 14th-ranked Bulldogs held No. 6 Norman North to 11 points in the second half for a 35-28 victory.
“I had no idea this 2-3 zone was going to work the way it was,” Memorial sophomore Avery Ogle said. “We're usually in a man or a 3-1, but that 2-3 seemed to really shut them down on their inside game.”
Ogle was a big reason for slowing down the Timberwolves inside. She came off the bench and scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
“She works so hard to create a lot of things,” Memorial coach Dandy Peeler said.
Norman North jumped to a 9-2 lead late in the first before Memorial rallied to tie the game at 17 by halftime.
The Timberwolves then lost the lead for good in the third behind a 10-0 run by the Bulldogs that started midway through the quarter and extended past the midway point in the fourth.
That was mostly the product of the 2-3 zone that limited Norman North, which was without senior Bri Kuestersteffen due to a concussion and Julian Mougell due to an ankle injury.
“I just threw something out there and we did a good job,” Peeler said. “We've just got to get better offensively. We've got to play a full game.
“We haven't had to run (the zone) very much. We hadn't worked on it very much either. It was nice to see something we hadn't worked on a lot work.”
Andee Decker led Memorial with 14 points. Tia Williams scored 10 for Norman North.
DEL CITY SURVIVES THRILLING FINISH
Four free throws were shot in the final half-second, and only one was made — by Del City freshman Madison Welchel, and it turned out to be the game-winner in a 46-45 thriller.
After Welchel made the free throw with half a second on the clock, a Del City player left the bench and ran onto the court in celebration as Southmoore tried to inbound the ball, resulting in a technical foul.
But Southmoore came up empty on both free throw attempts and a 3-point try at the buzzer. Lost in the madness of the final half-second was Del City's impressive comeback from a 30-15 halftime hole.