The Edmond North girls basketball team was hungry for a victory Friday night, and fed its appetite with a 52-47 win against Putnam City North.

“It was good for us,” said Lady Husky head coach Keith Sinor. “That was a good team, they are athletic, and they can do some things real well. Our focus this week was to make them use their weaknesses, and we did that tonight.”

The Lady Panthers jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, scoring 16 points and holding the Lady Huskies to only seven points. Putnam City North went on a 9-0 scoring run to take the hefty lead.

“We got down 17-4. A lot of teams can just fold, we didn’t,” commented Sinor. “The girls fought back, they didn’t panic, and that says a lot.”

But the period was ended with a three-point buzzer-beater by sophomore Abby Daniel.

“That was huge,” said Sinor. “I leaned over to my assistant coach and said, ‘That was it, we’re going to come back.’ That was a huge shot.”

Trailing by eight points going into the second quarter, the Lady Huskies made a come back and scored 17 points and only allowed the Lady Panthers seven points to take the lead by one point at halftime.

After the break, the Lady Huskies and the Lady Panthers each seemed to have trouble finding the basket. Putnam North quickly solved its scoring problems and regained the lead from the Lady Huskies. Senior Melissa Collins kept her team in the game, scoring eight of her 13 points in the third quarter.

“We’ve challenged Melissa that she has to be ready to shoot,” said Sinor adding, “and that is what we expected from her.”

At the end of the third period, the Lady Huskies were down by four points, but were not considered out.

In the fourth, the Lady Huskies found a spark in their offense when senior Rachel Snider nabbed a steal and took it coast-to-coast for a layup. It was enough to get the Lady Huskies charged up for their best quarter of play, outscoring Putnam North, 19-8.

The victory can be accredited to success at the free-throw line, at Edmond North hit 13-of-18 shots from the line.

“It is big, we are shooting the ball well from the free-throw line,” noted Sinor. “We hit some key one-and-one-shots when the game was tied. The girls have put a lot of time and effort into making sure those go in when it counts.

“They are a young inexperienced team, but they grew up tonight.”

Putnam City North 57, Edmond North 37 (boys)

Fifth-ranked Putnam City North was just too much for the Huskies in the boys match, as the Panthers walked away with a 57-37 victory.

“They have a good team,” commented Husky head coach Ralph Nigro. “They are really athletic and really hard to keep in front of you. Their penetration really hurt us during the game.”

The first quarter the Huskies ran with the Panthers, trailing only by six points at the end of it. Junior Robert Lee and senior Clayton Dude kept their team in it with their three-point shooting, Lee hitting two shots from long range, and Dude one.

The Huskies were able match shot-for-shot with the Panthers in the second quarter, heading into halftime still down by only six.

Things didn’t get better after the half, though, as the Huskies were outscored 11-17 as the Panthers increased their lead by 12 points. Trying to keep his team in the game, senior Prince Shaw came alive in the second half, scoring nine points after being silenced in the first half.

“I think he really wanted to play the same way he played against Memorial and I think that caused him some problems,” said Nigro.

But it wasn’t enough to get the Huskies back in the game, as the Panthers steadily pulled away with the lead.

“I don’t remember two or three wide-open shots, then again we took some bad shot taking into the paint and those guys are bigger,” remarked Nigro.

The Husky offense just couldn’t get together in the final period, scoring only six points. The Putnam North 6-foot-5 duo of seniors Sam Bradford and Josh Britt combined for 32 points in the game, while Lee had just 11 as the Huskies’ top scorer.

“He has had two pretty good games shooting the ball, I think some of the other guys are going to start step up,” noted Nigro.

Next Tuesday, the Edmond North boys and girls will travel to Mustang.

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