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.