High school girls basketball: Kelbie Washington hits two late free throws, Norman edges Edmond North 51-49
EDMOND – The noise was deafening in the Edmond North gym.
Norman guard Kelbie Washington received the ball from the official and casually began her free-throw ritual, dribbling the ball three times before attempting a shot.
Although the game was tied with 4.5 seconds remaining, Washington seemed unfazed by the pressure.
The junior made both of her free throws, and defending Class 6A state champion Norman held on for a 51-49 victory against Edmond North on Friday night.
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Norman coach Michael Neal said Washington is one of the players he wants at the free-throw line in late-game situations.
“I’m confident in Kelbie any time that she’s there because she’s been through it,” said Neal, who played basketball at OU from 2005-2007. “She’s hit big-time free throws for us.”
Norman had a 31-21 lead at halftime. Edmond North outscored the Tigers by eight points in the third quarter to set up a thrilling finish.
Toni Papahronis made two free throws with 1:22 remaining to give Edmond North a 49-47 lead. Norman’s Chantae Embry tied the game, scoring on a putback at the rim.
After Norman’s Myka Perry blocked a shot by Laci Steele in the paint, Norman got the rebound and sped up the court.
Washington, who finished with nine points, drove to the bucket and was fouled as she attempted a floater, setting up her game-winning free throws.