Special to The Sun
Edmond Memorial cruised to a victory on Friday night over Norman North despite a slow start. The Bulldogs ran away from the Timberwolves 75-41 at Edmond Memorial High School.
The Bulldogs and the Timberwolves traded baskets almost the entire first quarter. The game was tied 9-9 after seven minutes but Norman North came with an outburst in the final minute, scoring six points including a 3-pointer from Kairo Rutledge. Marcus Dickinson scored seven for Norman and the Timberwolves led 15-11.
“It took us a little while to get accustomed to their zone,” Memorial coach Shane Cowherd said.
Dickinson only scored one point in the second quarter, a free-throw, and Edmond Memorial turned up the intensity, specifically from senior center Shaquille Morris, who guided the Bulldogs on an early quarter run to put them in a comfortable lead. Morris went into halftime with a game-high 13 points. Terrel Bruner added eight and Aaron Young seven for the Bulldogs.
The Timberwolves were still led by Dickinson’s eight points, and Blake Knighton added six late points in the half.
Norman North called a timeout only two minutes into the second half after the Bulldogs came out with a high intensity 6-0 run; Young scored four of those six points and two of those were fast break. Halfway through the third quarter Edmond Memorial had taken all the momentum while building a 16-point lead, 44-28.
“When he keeps on working it’s important to us because he’s such a focal point,” Cowherd said of Morris, adding when the defense condenses down, Morris makes the Bulldogs better.
The third-quarter Bulldog domination continued in the second half of the quarter as Memorial never allowed a field goal, only five free-throws. Heading into the final quarter, the Bulldogs led 53-31.
“We set some defensive goals and we didn’t come close to that in the first half,” Cowherd said. “I love that effort.”
With three minutes left in the game the Bulldogs had stretched their lead to 30 points. Cowherd emptied his bench after this and Edmond Memorial cruised through the final minutes on their way to a victory.
Morris finished the game with 15 points, second to only Young, who had 16. Bruner added 13 points, Jordan Woodard finished with nine points in limited time returning from injury, and Sam Kreutzer added four. Dickinson led the Timberwolves with 14.