The Edmond Sun

February 8, 2013

Norman North prevails over Lady Bulldogs in defensive battle

Chris Brannick
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Defense played all the roles in a Norman North victory at Edmond Memorial High School on Friday night, with the Lady Timberwolves prevailing 31-28.

“We only scored one field goal in the third and fourth quarter and that’s tough,” Memorial coach Dandy Peeler said.

It took Norman North seven minutes to capture their first field goal on the night. Trailing 8-2, Bre Kuusterschefen hit a 3-pointer. The dominant effort by the Edmond Memorial defense didn’t result in any better offense by the Lady Bulldogs, who led 8-6 after the first quarter. Junior Jessica Foster led EMHS with four points.

The Bulldogs continued to lead the game in the second quarter and had built their lead up to five points until just over one minute remained in the first half. Norman North scored consecutive baskets to pull within one point heading into the locker rooms.

Rachel Campo led Memorial with six points and Foster added another four. Jenny Roy, Kacee Decker and Chelsea Kress each scored two points. Kuusterschefen led the Timberwolves with five points in the half. Alexa Scott had four and Teah Williams added three.

“We came out and looked good at halftime,” Peeler said.

A Kuusterschefen 3-pointer on the opening possession followed by a full-court press sparked Norman North. Edmond Memorial only gave up one field goal in the first quarter but it was the Timberwolves who held the Bulldogs to the same in the third quarter and pulled ahead in the game after three, 26-22.

Both teams’ defenses found their way in the fourth quarter. More than half the quarter had gone by with Memorial again looking for a field goal; the Lady ’Dogs did get four free-throws though from Decker and Roy. The same could be said for the Timberwolves, who after six minutes did not have a field goal either. Kuusterschefen and Scott each had two free-throws and Norman North held on to their four-point lead.

Kaleigh Troxell sank two free-throws with one minute remaining to pull Memorial within a basket. Kuusterschefen missed two free-throws to give Edmond Memorial a shot at a tie or the lead, but the Lady ’Dogs missed a 3-pointer. Scott would miss the front end of a one-and-one, however, and Memorial would get a second chance.

After calling a timeout with 21 seconds left Memorial took their chance, but missed a layup with seven seconds to go. Scott got the rebound for the Timberwolves and made one of two free-throws to seal the 31-28 victory for Norman North.

“There is something to gain, the girls hate to lose like this and at home, but we’ll see them again,” Peeler said.