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High school basketball roundup: Norman girls overcome 42-point game from Moore’s Aaliyah Moore for 61-58 win


Kelbie Washington and Aaliyah Moore are accustomed to being together on the basketball court.

They formed a friendship while playing on the same AAU team during their childhood. But on Tuesday night in Norman, the high school juniors were on opposite sides.

Despite a valiant performance from Moore, Washington will have bragging rights until they face off again.

Norman, the top-ranked team in Class 6A, defeated the Moore Lions 61-58.

Washington, a guard, led Norman with 19 points, while Moore finished with 42 points for the No. 5 Lions. Both players are touted prospects. Washington is a four-star recruit, according to ESPN. Moore, a forward, is the seventh-ranked player nationally in the 2021 class.

Norman trailed 16-12 at the end of the first quarter before outscoring the Lions by 10 points to take a lead into halftime.

“We started off really slow, but I think us communicating as a team and knowing we needed to pick it up (helped Norman bounce back),” Washington said.

Norman’s Chantae Embry, the No. 57 overall prospect in the 2021 class, also played on Washington and Moore’s AAU team, the Oklahoma Bombers. Embry played a key role in the third quarter, scoring 10 of her 16 points to help the Tigers take a 48-40 lead into the fourth.

“She let the game come to her, especially in that second half,” Norman coach Michael Neal said. “It was beneficial for us because she had a few rebounds and made some great offensive plays.”

Carl Albert 41, Shawnee 39

Kennedy Cofer took the pass from Azya Poole, made one dribble around her defender and shot a floater from the left wing. It hit the rim once, then the backboard, and fell through the cylinder as the buzzer sounded. On just her first basket from the floor, Cofer gave the Titans the win over Shawnee.

“I have a lot of good scorers and I just said ‘hey we’re in the bonus, attack, trust your teammate,’” Carl Albert coach Kyle Richey said. “Azya worked downhill, drew it and Kennedy did the uptake and let it go at the buzzer. Our motto has been find a way all year and they did tonight and I couldn’t be prouder.”

After falling behind 9-2, the Titans finished the first quarter with four 3-pointers. The final came from Aerin Talley just before the buzzer to give the Titans their first lead of the game.

“They jumped on us early and they pounded us inside,” Richey said. “We started out sluggish and we really weren’t ball pressuring and guarding the passing lanes and then when the girls did that, our defense kind of transitioned into our offense and that just kind of got us going.”

Nine players scored for No. 4 Carl Albert as they topped Shawnee 41-39 Tuesday night at Carl Albert Gymnasium.


Carl Albert 74, Shawnee 59

Curtis Rose pushed the ball down the court. He passed to Roderick Hopkins, who in the middle of a layup attempt, fired a pass to James Locke in the corner as he came open. Locke knocked down the 3-pointer to stretch Carl Albert’s lead. It was his fifth 3-pointer of the game.

“James is a great shooter,” Carl Albert coach Jay Price said. “We look for him, we try to find him some open looks and he’s responding. The guy can make shots, what’s nice about it is our team knows that too. They’re not afraid to give him the ball, they’re not selfish they’re willing to get it to him and let him score it.”

After a close battle in the first three quarters, the Titans pulled away in the fourth, outscoring the Wolves 20-10. Locke’s 25 points led Carl Albert over Shawnee 74-59 Tuesday night at Carl Albert Gymnasium.

With the win No. 3 Carl Albert improved to 13-6 and No. 4 Shawnee fell to 15-4.

Norman 64, Moore 56

Jonah Paden was on fire from 3-point range on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-4 senior at Norman High made six shots from behind the arc and finished with 26 points, leading the Tigers to a 64-56 home victory.

Ben Emmert also had a solid performance for Norman, finishing with 16 points.

Norman (9-10) has won five consecutive games. Moore (6-13) is on a five-game losing streak.


The Kingfisher boys saw a balanced scoring effort from Bijan Cortes, Matthew Stone and Jarret Birdwell in its 60-35 win against Elgin. ... Kingfisher’s girls scored 12 points in the first two minutes and cruised to a 77-28 win against Elgin.

James D. Jackson, Cameron Jourdan and Nick Sardis, Staff writers

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

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 ›