(Girls) Norman North 41, Memorial 35
Memorial dropped its third-straight loss Tuesday night after starting 10-0 when the second-ranked Lady Bulldogs were upset by No. 4 Norman North at home.
Memorial, without senior guard Taylor Norman, led for a majority of the first three quarters of basketball.
Head coach Curt Knox said Norman is expected to return in next Friday’s matchup with Deer Creek.
“It’s just a situation where we’re playing a little short-handed right now,” Knox said.
Senior point guard Erin Erdoes assisted fellow senior Jillian Ingram, whose 3-pointer from the wing tied the game at 31 with 39 seconds left in regulation.
“(Ingram) hit a big shot to get us into the overtime period.”
The Lady Timberwolves got out to a 35-31 lead in the early two minutes of added time.
Ingram answered back with a 2-pointer from the elbow to put the Lady Bulldogs within two.
Memorial forward Erin Talbott was awarded a one-and-one a possession later. Talbott hit both to bring the game to a 35-35 tie with a minute and a half left.
Norman North elected to dribble out 30 seconds from the clock before setting up an offense. A drive-in score gave the Timberwolves a 37-35 lead.
Norman North was awarded a one-and-one on its following possession and hit both shots to take a 39-35 lead with less than 30 seconds to go.
“Every season’s gonna have some adversity,” Knox said. “It’s not the adversity, but how you react to the adversity.”
Norman North came out with the 41-35 win after the Timberwolves hit a final set of free throws.
Talbott led Memorial in scoring with 10, while Katelyn Levings and Isabel Langenberg each had nine.
“I like the determination and the grit of the kids. They played hard,” Knox said of his Lady Bulldogs. “We’re gonna try to rally the troops and get back after it”
Memorial next hosts Deer Creek on Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.
(Boys) Memorial 57, Norman North 49
No. 7 Norman North and Memorial sat at a 49-49 tie Tuesday night as the Bulldogs took possession with a minute and a half to go in the fourth quarter.
Sean Pedulla penetrated the Timberwolf defense and put a shot in off-the-glass to put the game away and capture the 57-49 win for the fifth-ranked Bulldogs.
Pedulla was one of eight Memorial players to notch his name in the scoring book in the win.
Senior forward Drew Tennial led all of those scorers with 22 points. Jacob Thionnet also hit double figures with 12 points.
“(Norman North is) big, physical, and strong,” said head coach Shane Cowherd. “For us, everything we do is so much based on what we do defensively.”
The Bulldogs came up with a few defensive stops after Pedulla’s game-sealing bucket, including a steal-and-assist from Pedulla to Thionnet to put the Bulldogs further out of reach.
“Getting a couple big stops in that sequence was really huge for us,” Cowherd said.