Girls basketball roundup: Edmond Memorial's defense shines in upset of Norman North

The 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.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: January 21, 2014
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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.


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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