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High school basketball: Norman North girls beat top-ranked Deer Creek

Moore's Justin Martin is fouled by Ethan Scott during Mustang's 57-54 win Friday. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Moore's Justin Martin is fouled by Ethan Scott during Mustang's 57-54 win Friday. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

The Norman North girls basketball players sported big smiles as they ran towards each other Friday night, clapping their hands and cheering as the clock winded down.

The Timberwolves knocked off Class 6A No. 1 Deer Creek 57-46 at Norman North to end the Antlers' 10-game win streak. It was the first loss of the season for Deer Creek (16-3) against a 6A team.

“I told them that this is the time of the year that you want to be playing your best and we’re hitting our stride at the right time against really good competition,” Norman North coach Rory Hamilton said.

“Obviously Deer Creek is the best in the state coming into tonight, I’m just so proud of our resilience because we knew they were going to make a run.”

Jessika Evans scored 22 points, while Kennedy Cummings added 18 points to lead Norman North (14-6).

Tuttle 71, Bethany 27

Tuttle continues to roll.

The Class 4A No. 9 Tigers beat Bethany 71-27 in Tuttle for their fourth straight victory.

Tuttle’s twin towers, 6-foot-2 sophomore Hadley Periman and 6-foot-3 freshman Landry Allen, dominated on both sides of the ball.

Periman led the Tigers (16-4) with 16 points, while Allen finished with 13. They also played solid defense, using their length to block shots and prevent Bethany (6-12) from having success in the paint.

Periman and Allen, who have each received an offer from Oklahoma State, complement each other with their playing styles.

“(Allen) is a pure post player,” Tuttle coach Brian Lester said. “Got great post moves, a great post game. Long, athletic, blocks shots. Whereas Hadley, she’s kind of a slasher. Brings the ball up. She runs a lot of point for us.”


Bethany 62, Tuttle 52

Brennen Burns got the ball along the right wing and dashed to the basket.

Burns, a senior guard at Bethany, approached the painted area before springing to the rim and delivering a highlight-reel dunk.

The play with 3:40 remaining was one of several big plays from Burns down the stretch that helped the Class 4A No. 8 Bronchos earn a 62-52 win at Tuttle.

Burns led Bethany (13-5) on offense and scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter.

Bethany was in control throughout the game and led 24-14 at halftime. Tuttle (14-6), ranked No. 9, bounced back in the third quarter, outscoring the Bronchos by four points.

“We did a good job of hanging onto it there at the end, making winning plays,” Bethany coach Quinn Wooldridge said.

Norman North 50, Deer Creek 45

Caelin Hearne leaped and stole the interior pass. He took the ball all the way to the other end and scored the go-ahead bucket. After trailing since midway through the first quarter Norman North had finally taken the lead with just under a minute-and-a half remaining.

“It was huge, we kind of felt the energy change in the gym a little bit,” Norman North coach Kellen McCoy said. “We were on a run, I just told them we were going to come out and be in solid man and as soon as I saw it we went with the run and jump and they made a great adjustment and got the steal.”

North led the rest of the way, topping Deer Creek 50-45 at Norman North.

Entering the fourth quarter down 10 points, McCoy reassured the Timberwolves they had been in that situation before and the main thing he wanted to do was keep the tempo and get stops.

Of Deer Creek’s final 14 possessions they scored on just three. Their only points coming from the free-throw line and one 3-pointer.

Norman North improved to 17-4, and Deer Creek dropped to 8-11.

Nick Sardis

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 Jackson

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 ›