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Royals claim first regional title with win over Kingston; NNHS boys, NHS girls advance to area

Feb. 24—Community Christian secured its first regional title in school history on Saturday in a 39-26 win over Kingston.

Coming off an impressive 20-point outing in Thursday's 42-34 win over hosting Lindsay, point guard Preslee Hartsock was constantly under pressure in the regional final. Still, Hope Martin and Annabelle Mitchell helped take some of the pressure off Hartsock with eight 3-pointers between the two players.

But it was the play from the Royals' defense that ended up being the deciding factor in a 39-26 win on Saturday.

The Royals already punched their ticket to the area tournament with Thursday's win. Now, the path to the state tournament is a little easier. They'll face Jones next Friday at 6 p.m.

The winner of that game will advance to the state tournament, while the loser will need to win one more on Saturday to advance.

Norman North boys bounce back to beat Piedmont — Coming off a loss to Deer Creek the night before, North needed one more win to advance to the area tournament and keep its season alive.

On Saturday at Norman High, the Timberwolves returned to the court to face Piedmont in a win-or-go-home situation. Neither side was able to gain an advantage in the first half and the score was tied 28-28 heading into halftime.

Norman North used a 6-0 run late in the third quarter to take control of the game and never looked back. The Timberwolves led by as many as eight points with 1:25 remaining in the game.

Despite some mistakes down the stretch, the Timberwolves' lead proved to be too much for Piedmont to overcome. They held on for a 53-51 win to secure the consolation bracket regional title.

The area tournament begins on Friday and the Timberwolves will be matched up against Westmoore. The sites for those games have not been released yet.

They'll enter the area tournament with one loss already on their resume and will face elimination in every game for the rest of the playoffs. In order to advance to the state tournament Norman North needs to win both games next weekend.

Norman High girls beats Westmoore to advance to area — An opening-round loss gave Norman High very little room for error at the regional tournament, but two bounce-back wins has the Tigers headed back to the area tournament.

On Friday, they dominated Lawton in a 70-35 win to advance to Saturday's consolation final against Westmoore. The Tigers were 1-1 against the Jaguars this season, including a 53-47 overtime loss in the most recent meeting earlier this month.

This time, the Tigers secured a dominant, 61-42, win to remain in the hunt in the Class 6A West playoffs. They'll face Piedmont in the first game of the area tournament on Friday at 6 or 7:30 p.m.

Norman North girls eliminated in consolation finals — The Timberwolves were handed their second straight loss on Saturday to Piedmont to close out their season 10-14 overall.

On Tuesday, they pulled out an upset win in a wild, back-and-forth game that was decided in three overtime periods. On Friday they suffered a 14-point loss to Putnam City North in the regional final.

With their backs against the wall on Saturday, the Timberwolves couldn't outlast Piedmont in a narrow 58-55 loss.

Noble girls eliminated after close battle with Guthrie — The Bears' season came to a close on Saturday following a 39-26 loss to Guthrie in the consolation finals.

Noble opened up the regional tournament with a 55-53 win over Elgin before dropping both of its next two games. The Bears close out the season 11-14 overall. Guthrie moves on to the area tournament with the win to face Del City.

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