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Timberwolves eliminated by Westmoore; Royals fall to Jones

Mar. 1—Westmoore isn't an easy team to beat when its hitting shots early, and in Friday's first-round game in the area tournament, the Jaguars started to catch fire late in the first quarter.

The Norman North boys were in a tied game when the Jaguars scooped up a loose ball and found Jayden Thomas in the corner for a 3-pointer. Once again the Jaguars forced a stop, and this time Garrett Loper came off a screen and hit a deep triple to go up by six.

The Jaguars would ride a 25-9 run into halftime and a late run by the Timberwolves wasn't enough to climb out of the deficit.

In the end, Norman North's season came to a close in a 62-46 loss Friday in Shawnee.

The Timberwolves trailed by as many as 19 points midway through the third quarter, before battling back with their season on the line. With 3:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, Josiah Thomas drove into the lane and got a layup to fall through a foul and had a chance to cut the deficit to six points.

Still, the Timberwolves couldn't sustain their late charge and the Jaguars closed the game on a 9-2 run to move within one game of advancing to the state tournament.

Noah Jones led all Norman North scorers with 19 points, while Hezakiah Green finished with 10.

Norman North closes out its season 13-13 overall and went 2-2 in postseason play.

CCS girls fall to Jones — The Royals suffered their first postseason defeat on Friday in Ada in a 36-27 loss to Jones.

CCS still remains in the hunt for a spot in the state tournament, but will be in a win-or-go-home situation when it takes on Kingston on Saturday at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the state tournament, which begins next Tuesday in Oklahoma 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