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T-Wolves comeback bid falls short against Deer Creek

Jan. 16—It just took two plays and a little over 40 seconds to overshadow the effort Norman North had put into the third quarter.

The Timberwolves entered halftime of Tuesday's game against Deer Creek trailing by 13 points. Over the next seven minutes they only allowed six points and had cut the deficit to six.

Deer Creek's Hudson Linsenmeyer drove into the lane and missed a layup, but Ky Kougl tracked down the rebound and knocked down a shot despite being fouled. The three-point play set up a crushing 3-pointer by Clyde Davis as time expired in the quarter.

The Antlers doubled their third quarter point total in two plays and extended their lead to double digits.

The Timberwolves couldn't regain the momentum in the fourth quarter of a 65-53 loss.

"It was disappointing, because our work and all the ground that we made in that quarter kind of was taken away in two quick possessions," NNHS head coach Kellen McCoy said. "But I was proud of what they did up to that point."

The Antlers entered the game ranked second in District 1, but the hosting Timberwolves never made anything easy.

They cut the lead to six points again early in the fourth quarter, but weren't making the plays on the offensive end that were needed to pull of the comeback.

"The thing I told them in there was that I was proud of the effort that they gave, finishing the game," McCoy said. "I thought our effort and our toughness in the second half was way better than the first half. They addressed the things that we need to fix in the second half."

The Timberwolves suffered their third loss in the last four games.

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Norman North finishes a tough slate of games this week on Friday at home against Norman High.

The Timberwolves have faced the Tigers twice already this season and are 1-1. The Tigers took the first meeting in the championship game of the Joe Lawson Memorial Invitational, but the Timberwolves won the rematch at Norman High the following week.

"It'll be good to get back in our home gym and be able to get shots up in here and prepare up in here and go be ready for a fight on Friday," McCoy said.

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