NHS Hoops off to a great start
The Norman High basketball teams are off to a great start to the season. The girls are looking to build upon their success of last year, while the boys are looking to make the playoffs and eventually win state.
The NHS boys varsity team defeated Stillwater on November 28 in a close 49-40 game. This first game success increased the excitement within the team and throughout Norman Tigers student body.
The NHS Girls varsity team handily defeated Stillwater 63-31. Freshman Kelbie Washington had nine points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Junior Nyah Henderson also contributed eight points, 16 rebounds and three steals.
The boys defeated Westmoore 50-47 in dramatic fashion thanks to a buzzer beater by Jacob Ogle on December 1. The lady tigers lost to Westmoore 81-59 in a grueling game.
The girls bounced back four days later by defeating Yukon 64-54. The lady Tigers were especially aggressive in this game as evident by their high number of free throw attempts with 36 points, hitting 72 percent of them as a whole.
Washington had another stellar performance putting up 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, and 5 assists. Henderson contributed 15 points of her own to go along with 4 steals, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
The girls team traveled to Capitol Hill on December 7 succeeding in a 68-24 win. The Tigers played superb defense and totaled a massive 52 rebounds during the game.
This shutdown defense is also due to their high steal total of 19. The forced turnovers and rebounding have made the offense come easy for the tigers, with almost every player scoring in the game.
Coming off a 21-9 season last year, the lady Tigers are trending in the right direction to continue that success.
The varsity boys narrowly lost to Northwest Classen on December 8 with an ending score of 67-64. Despite this loss, the Tigers are off to a terrific 3-1 start, and are already on pace to surpass last year’s 14-15 season.
Head Coach Rodney Dindy has been a great influence on the team boosting their confidence on the court. Senior Eton Smith, who has been on the team for four years, is really impressed with the team’s progression under Coach Dindy.
“We’ve improved on the defensive end. [The team] all has the same goal, and we all pull for each other,” Smith said.
Returning player Mark Williams is also excited about the influence that Dindy brings. “The team chemistry has greatly improved this year,” said Williams. “After having a year under coach Dindy we know what he wants us to do and we know how to win.”
Starting point guard and senior Bryce Mooreland is encouraged by the Tigers young talent.
“Dayton Holeman brings a lot to the table. Along with Holeman, Sophomore Ben Emmert will be an integral piece for the Tigers this season and beyond,” Mooreland said.