Norman North freshman Alexa Scott hit a 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds left to send the Timberwolves' area finals game against Edmond Memorial into overtime, and Norman North dominated the extra period to earn a berth in next week's Class 6A state tournament with a 50-43 win on Thursday night in Harrah.
“We're extremely young and to beat a team like Memorial four times this season says a lot about this team,” Norman North coach Jeff Blough said. “It's kind of surreal for me right now because I've had some older teams that have been in this position and haven't been able to make it.
“The future's really bright for us.”
Blough's team had plenty of extra motivation.
His mother was involved in an accident Wednesday and was getting out of surgery as Norman North was tipping off.
Junior Bri Kuestersteffen had 17 points to lead Norman North, and Haley Woodard and Julian Mougell had 10 each.
Scott hadn't scored until she drilled the 3-pointer to tie it in the closing seconds.
“She didn't even blink,” Blough said. “For a freshman to have that kind of composure there at the end is pretty unbelievable.”
Edmond Memorial's Jenny Roy had a chance at the end, missing a shot at the buzzer that would've won it.
Edmond Memorial will play Choctaw at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Harrah for a state tournament berth.
Choctaw beat Lawton Eisenhower 41-32 to stay alive behind 20 points from Sydney Wyatt.
DEER CREEK HEADED TO STATE
Deer Creek used its 3-point shooting and aggressive defense to defeat Carl Albert 47-40 and advance to next week's state tournament.
“I'm really proud of this team, we've accomplished a lot,” Deer Creek coach Totsy Manning said. “We've played as one all season and we accomplished one of our goals here so we can move on and look to get another one.”
The turning point came when Deer Creek guard Alexa Adair hit a 3-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer and give the Antlers a 37-32 lead. Adair's basket sparked an 8-0 run that turned a two point game into a 10-point fourth-quarter lead for Deer Creek.
“Alexa's shot was a big momentum swing for us, and we used it moving into the fourth quarter where we played really great defense to shut them down,” Manning said.
Deer Creek held Carl Albert to eight points in the final quarter.
“These games are about momentum swings so it felt great to give my team a big one with that shot,” Adair said.
Adair scored seven points, while Ashley Gibson led Deer Creek with 14 points.
Deer Creek advances to the Class 5A state tournament.
Oklahoma signee Gioya Carter led Carl Albert with 25 points.
Carl Albert will play Lawton MacArthur at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Edmond North for a berth in the state tournament.
Lawton MacArthur beat El Reno 44-32 to stay alive. Alaysia Vann had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks to lead the Highlanders.
NO. 1 SANTA FE ADVANCES TO STATE
Edmond Santa Fe has been a force since losing to Putnam City in the season's second game.
The Wolves had already avenged that loss to the Pirates during the regular season but cruised against P.C. again Thursday, winning 59-42 at Choctaw to advance to the Class 6A state tournament for the fifth consecutive season.
Aahliyah Jackson had 13 to lead Santa Fe while Cameerah Graves added 12 and Tamara Lee 10.
Putnam City will play Southmoore for a berth in the state tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday in Harrah.
Southmoore beat Norman 49-34 to stay alive.
Kayla Tucker had 16 and Serithia Hawkins added 13 for the SaberCats (21-5).
Taylor Ely had 20 to lead Norman.
Bailey Taylor scored 23, and McKenzie Cooper added 20 as Class 5A No. 1 Shawnee beat Piedmont 60-50 to earn a state tournament berth. … Toree Thompson scored 23 to send Broken Arrow to a 61-52 win over Mustang to stay alive and eliminate Mustang. … Dionna Collins scored 32 points to give Del City an 81-71 win over Ardmore. Del City led 57-32 at half before Ardmore used a 22-9 third quarter to creep closer. Patrice Bennett scored 37 for Ardmore.