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Prep lookahead: Tigers return home to face winless Eagles; T-Wolves look for bounce-back win

Jan. 11—It's been over a month since the last time Norman High played in its home gym.

After a three-week winter break, the Tigers returned to action at the Bishop McGuiness tournament last week and went 2-1 to take third place. On Tuesday, they were back on the road to face district foe Lawton and held on for a 59-55 win.

The Tigers will be looking for their fourth straight win when they host Lawton Eisenhower in a district game on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Lawton Ike is back in Class 6A for the first time since the 2013-14 season after nine seasons in 5A. The Eagles are winless in district play, while the Tigers are 3-2 and tied for fourth place in District 2.

The Tigers beat 3-2 Lawton earlier this week and has a string of tough games coming up against Putnam City West, Norman North and Westmoore.

Senior forward Trashaun Combs-Pierce was one of six boys players from Oklahoma nominated for an McDonald's All-American selection. Players are nominated by high school coaches, athletic directors and principals.

A selection committee will name 24 All-Americans on the boys side and 24 on the girls side later this month.

Norman High girls aim for third straight — The Tigers enter Friday's game having won six of their last nine, but can earn their first three-game winning streak of the season with a win over the Eagles at 6 p.m.

All three of the Tigers' losses during that stretch have come by 10 points or fewer.

On Tuesday they held Lawton to just 20 points, the fewest they've allowed all season, and scored a season-high 71 points. Lawton Eisenhower is 2-4 in district play with one of those wins coming over Lawton.

Norman High junior guard Keeley Parks entered the week averaging 25.1 points per game on 51% shooting.

Norman North girls look for bounce-back win — The Timberwolves continue a tough stretch of games as they begin the back half of the season.

They suffered their second district loss of the season on Tuesday against Putnam City North (No. 2 in District 1). Their only other district loss came to No. 1 Edmond North, who remains unbeaten in district play.

The Timberwolves face Mustang on the road on Friday at 6 p.m.

The Broncos have also only lost to Putnam City North and Edmond North and have won four of their last five. The Timberwolves went 1-2 and finished in fifth place at last weekend's Putnam City Invitational, but Seleh Harmon came away with MVP honors after posting 19.6 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game.

NNHS boys look to snap two-game skid — The Timberwolves came up just short of a first-place finish at the Putnam City Invitational and dropped Tuesday's game against Putnam City North, 50-32.

There's still plenty of time for the Timberwolves to improve on their 1-4 district record and a win over the Broncos on Friday could be big for the team's momentum. Next week they'll be at home to face a strong Edmond Santa Fe team before hosting the second Crosstown Clash next Friday.

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