High school basketball: Aaliyah Moore, Ashanti Day pace Moore past Norman North
The Moore girls basketball team's defense found a way to stifle Norman North.
The Lions went on a big run in the final minutes of the game, shutting down the Timberwolves and coming away with a 54-47 home victory Tuesday.
For the final three minutes, Class 6A No. 7 Moore held No. 9 Norman North without a score after the Timberwolves tied the game at 47 with a pair of Kayton Kite free throws.
“They were hitting shots, we had a long talk about our defensive effort,” Moore coach Brent Hodges said. “First half was not good and then coming back second half when we really got focused on defense, it made me feel a lot better for where we’re going right now defensively.”
Aaliyah Moore and the 2020 Homecoming Queen Ashanti Day anchored the Lions' offense, as they combined for 50 of Moore’s 54 points: Moore with 28 and Day with 22.
“They’re awesome,” Hodges said. “I thought Day played like a senior, really calmed us down at times, had some great assists and then Aaliyah Moore is Aaliyah Moore. Sometimes I don’t think she’s going to score and she pulls a rabbit out of a hat and gets a bucket.”
Up next, Moore faces HFC in the John Nobles Invitational at 1 p.m. Thursday. Norman North faces Millwood in same tournament.