An ugly first quarter was a good reminder that the playoffs are coming up and Northeast won't accomplish its goals of a state championship playing sloppy basketball.
Four minutes into Friday night's game at Douglass, Northeast coach Londaryl Perry had already called two timeouts in a game that was tied at 4.
The second timeout finally lit the fuse for Class 2A's No. 1 team, and the Vikings cruised to a 70-16 win.
“Everybody wasn't on the same page, no communication, which has been stressing us all year,” said senior T'ona Edwards. “In that second timeout, coach got into us, and that usually amps us up.
“We didn't come out ready to play, because I felt like we thought we already had the game. Going into playoffs, we can't let that happen.”
Northeast's guard-heavy offense ultimately got its spark from the inside game of Chanel Akins, who finished with a game-high 18 points. Morgan Billingsley added 12, while Edwards and Dani Gaddis had nine each.
Billingsley hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first quarter, which started a 25-0 Northeast run that lasted most of the second quarter.
The win moved Northeast to 21-0, including multiple wins over ranked Class 5A and 6A teams.
SOUTHMOORE, CLASSEN POST 101
Neither Southmoore nor Classen had much of an issue scoring Friday.
Each team scored 30 in the first quarter as they went on to post triple-digits and win in blowout fashion.
Classen held Harding Fine Arts to two or fewer points in three quarters as it won 101-8.
Southmoore led 55-5 at halftime en route to a 101-18 win over rival Moore.
Each team had three players score 20 or more points.
Classen was led by Kennedy Williams' 34 points, while Ashlei Simms and Jetta Smith added 22 each. Maya Thompson also added 11. Classen led 59-3 at halftime.
Serithia Hawkins led Southmoore with 26 points while Kayla Tucker added 24 and Kyra Gilbert had 22. Kyeria Hannah also had 15.
SANTA FE STAYS HOT
Class 6A No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe didn't have much problem with Putnam City North, winning its 18th consecutive game, 57-35.
Tamara Lee had 18 and Cameerah Graves 10 for the Wolves.
Michciah Tyler led the Panthers with 11.
GIBSON, BLANCHARD LIFT DEER CREEK
Ashley Gibson scored 22 and Bayli Blanchard added 13 to help Class 5A No. 2 Deer Creek to a 51-42 win over No. 13 Guthrie.
Deer Creek outscored Guthrie 13-6 in the first quarter and controlled the game the rest of the way.
Melinda Murillo had 18 and Micayla Haynes added 12 for Guthrie.
BEARD LEADS BOMBERS
Junior Jasauen Beard scored 17 points, and Quemari Boyd added 15 as Class 6A No. 13 Midwest City beat Westmoore 56-31 on senior night.
The Bombers (13-8) built a quick lead, jumping up 17-9 after one quarter and put the game away in the third, holding Westmoore to just one point to lead 38-17.
Freshman Sydney Chastain led the Jaguars with 12.
LEXINGTON CRUISES PAST WAYNE
Hannah Holasek's 21 points and 10 rebounds helped lead Lexington to a 43-25 win over Wayne at home.
Tia Parker added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Lexington built a quick lead, jumping ahead 17-4 after one.
DAVIS COMES UP BIG FOR JONES
Macy Davis scored 13 to help Jones to a 46-35 win over Perry on senior night.
Jones jumped all over Perry early, leading 10-2 after won en route to its sixth consecutive win.
Brooke Vandever added six points as nine players scored for Jones (14-7).
Keviona Grissom had 26 to lead Class 3A No. 2 Millwood to a 52-32 win over John Marshall. ... Bri Kuestersteffen scored 12 to help Norman North to a 31-28 win over Edmond Memorial. ... Class 5A No. 1 Shawnee used a strong finish to beat No. 3 Carl Albert, 40-33 at home. The Titans pulled within four with about 1:30 to play before Shawnee closed strong to seal the win. ... Alaisha Castleberry scored 18 to help Del City to a 66-64 win over Norman. ... Jessica Washington's layup with less than 45 seconds to go helped lift Class 6A No. 9 Jenks to a 59-56 win over No. 2 Muskogee, snapping Muskogee's 12-game winning streak. ... Kaely Bond scored 24 to left Class 4A No. 5 Mount St. Mary to a 75-47 win over Star Spencer. ... Alison Wells had 13 for Purcell in a 42-34 win over Pauls Valley. Veronica Aldarado had 23 for Pauls Valley. ... Breck Clark had 18, Brayden Newton 17 and Jaelin Flewallen 12 as Dale beat Wewoka 54-41.