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NHS boys hold off Northwest Classen for 10th straight win

Feb. 2—The Norman High boys found themselves in a tight battle on senior night after an 11-2 run by Northwest Classen cut its lead to four in the third quarter.

The Tigers were able to do enough to enter halftime with a 12-point lead, but couldn't capitalize on a strong performance on the defensive end of the court. They allowed just nine points in the opening quarter and seven points in the second.

Northwest Classen's Brandon Butler kickstarted a run early in the second half to trail 34-30 with two minutes remaining in the third.

The Tigers responded by turning up the pressure, and their length and athleticism overwhelmed the Knights over the final 10 minutes of the game.

With a 60-46 win on Friday night, the Tigers extended their winning streak to 10 games.

Norman High's offense caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 20 points and building a 15-point lead with three minutes remaining. The Knights cut the lead to 11 inside the final minute, but couldn't get any closer.

Trashaun Combs-Pierce led all scorers with 22 points to go along with three blocks and eight rebounds. The Tigers were able to control the paint, but the Knights ended the game with five 3-pointers, which was a key reason they were able to stay in the game.

The Tigers hit just three 3-pointers all night and had 11 turnovers.

They control their own destiny atop the District 2 standings with just three games remaining. On Tuesday, they'll be on the road to face second-place Westmoore at 7:30 p.m.

Norman High won the first matchup 61-48.

NHS girls celebrate senior night with runaway win

An early 13-0 run set the tone and the Norman High girls never slowed down in a huge win over Northwest Classen on senior night.

The Tigers led by 18 points after the first quarter and took a 55-13 lead into halftime.

Keeley Parks hit three 3-pointers in the first two quarters to lead all scorers with 18 points.

With a comfortable lead, the Parks and many of the other Norman High starters got some rest in the second half of a 79-18 win.

The Tigers set a season high for points and a season-low for points allowed.

They've won four of their last five and are 7-4 in district play with three games remaining. Norman High will be on the road to face Westmoore on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Matilda Mossman honored on Wall of Fame

During halftime of the girls game, Norman High honored former basketball coach Matilda Mossman with a spot on the gym's Wall of Fame.

Mossman is the winningest coach in Norman High history with 191 career wins. Before arriving in Norman in 2002, Mossman was the head coach at Arkansas and Kansas State.

The Western Kentucky alumni left Norman High in 2011 to take over as head coach at Tulsa, where she coached 10 seasons.

Tarik Masri is the sports editor for The Transcript covering OU athletics and area sports. You can reach him by emailing tarik@normantranscript.com