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.
“We're starting two freshmen and a sophomore,” Del City coach Karri Sears said. “They're really stepping up and filling some big shoes.
“(Southmoore) let us hang around long enough. We forced them to take some shots at inopportune times, and we came up with some big rebounds.”
Southmoore held the ball for nearly a minute at the end of the game, with the score tied at 55, until Del City came up with a steal and fast break. After a missed jumper, Welchel got the rebound and was fouled on the putback attempt. She made the second of two free throws for her only point of the game.
Alaisha Castleberry scored 22 points to lead Del City. Southmoore got 16 from Alyssa Jones.
CARL ALBERT RALLIES PAST HARRAH
In a battle of No. 3-ranked teams, Class 5A's Carl Albert came away victorious over Class 4A's Harrah, rallying in the fourth quarter for a 44-40 win.
The Titans trailed 33-32 entering the final quarter, but then held Harrah to just seven points down the stretch.
Oral Roberts signee Jordan Gilbert scored 12 points for Carl Albert, while sophomore Shanna Visnieski scored 13 for Harrah.
SANTA FE ROUTS PUTNAM CITY
Class 6A No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe was too much for No. 15 Putnam City in the second half, outscoring the Pirates 35-18 for a 53-33 victory.
Sophomore Summer Jones scored 17 points for the Wolves, while freshman Jo'Nah Johnson added 11.
Carrington Small scored 17 for Putnam City.
NORTHEAST’S WILLIAMS SCORES 30 IN WIN
Northeast senior LaNesia Williams scored 30 points as the Vikings beat Star Spencer 55-40, giving the Oklahoma signee 1,108 points since her sophomore season.
Northeast coach Londaryl Perry surprised Williams by giving her a game ball following her performance, which is the highest point total with the team since he took over in 2011.
“Everyone always knew about her ability to get to the basket, but now she has increased her range,” Perry said. “You truly have to respect her outside game now. She really has become a well-rounded player.”
Freshman Ana Llanusa scored 22 points for No. 5 Choctaw as the Yellowjackets topped No. 9 Yukon 58-53 in overtime. ... Morgan Vogt continued her torrid pace, scoring 32 points in Class B No. 1 Okarche's 63-31 rout of Okeene.