High school girls basketball roundup: Moore cruises past Bishop Miege
On a Moore fast break, Aaliyah Moore took the pass from Ashanti Day. She took one power dribble and scored a layup through contact from her former roommate Payton Verhulst of Bishop Miege. After she hit the free-throw it sealed 25 first-half points for the Lions' junior.
“Not that I had something to prove but I just wanted people to know that I am good and I can play against good people and play defense and rebound and do all that stuff,” Aaliyah Moore said as the Lions topped Bishop Miege of Kansas, 82-68, to advance to the championship game of the John Nobles Tournament in Moore against Choctaw, a 49-42 winner over Norman North in the other semifinal.
ESPNW ranks Aaliyah Moore No. 7 and Verhulst No. 8 in the 2021 recruiting class. The two who won a gold medal with USA Women’s U16 National Team this summer but battled each other Friday night. Aaliyah Moore led the Lions with 38 points while Verhulst scored 26 points for Bishop Miege.
After a close game through the first quarter, Moore outscored the Bishop Miege 34-14 in the second, a run from which the Kansas school never recovered.
Moore (12-3) is ranked No. 7 and will meet No. 3 Choctaw (14-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Norman 72, Del City 48
Kelbie Washington received a pass on the left wing and fired a jump shot that hit nothing but net. It was the first play of the second half and it gave Norman a 41-19 lead.
Norman cruised past Del City, 72-48, in the semi-final of the 2020 Titan Classic Friday afternoon. The Tigers scored the first bucket of the game and never gave up the lead, which at its largest stood at 28.
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“We try to play against ourselves a little bit whenever we win a game like this and make sure we limit the mistakes we do make out there,” said Norman coach Michael Neal. “From there, hopefully we can get a little bit better.”
The Tigers advanced to the championship game of the 2020 Titan Classic with the win over Del City (7-6) and pushed their win streak to 11.
Norman (13-1) will play the Edmond Memorial (9-6) Saturday at 7 p.m. at Carl Albert. The two teams met Jan. 7, a 51-42 victory for Norman.
Edmond Santa Fe 55, Newcastle 48
Late in the game, Edmond Santa Fe's Ahoneste Walker caught a pass and saw Kashell Daughty streaking down the court.
Walker, a senior guard, heaved an overhand pass to her teammate, who was several feet away from the nearest Newcastle defender.
Walker’s pass was low, causing Daughty to fumble the ball, but she stuck with it before making a layup and drawing a foul.
The play with 1:36 remaining gave Edmond Santa Fe an 8-point lead and helped seal a 55-48 victory over the Racers in the semifinals of the Otho “Sweet Pea” Curtis Invitational on Friday in Newcastle.
Walker scored a game-high 18 points, while Daughty finished with 13 points.
Edmond Santa Fe (8-7), ranked No. 20 in Class 6A, had a 29-16 lead at halftime. Newcastle (9-7) outscored the Wolves by 10 points in the third to set up a close finish.
Edmond Santa Fe will play Class 5A No. 1 Piedmont (12-2) in the finals at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Choctaw 49, Norman North 32
Choctaw continues to breeze past its competition at the John Nobles Invitational with 49-32 Friday over Norman North in the semifinals at Moore High School.
Coming off a 34-point victory against Southmoore in the first round, Choctaw leaned on its defense to slow down Norman North’s high-powered offense.
“We didn’t play great offensively by any stretch of the imagination, but they locked in defensively,” Choctaw coach Ryan Maloney said.
Choctaw had a 38-19 lead in the third, but Norman North ended the quarter on a 9-0 run. Choctaw held Norman North to four points the remainder of the game.
Mackenzie Crusoe and Trinity Gooden each scored 11 points for Choctaw.
Kennedy Cummings finished with 14 points for No. 9 Norman North (10-5). Jessika Evans, a Tulsa signee, had 11 points and fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
James D. Jackson and Nick Sardis, Staff writers
Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›
James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›