Moore headed into the Norman North tournament coming off a thrashing in their season opener to the Timberwolves. With such a young team, coach Tim Gray didn't know exactly how his players would respond.

Even though they posted a 1-2 record during the three-day tourney, Gray saw his team compete against a strong field while also earning their first win of the season.

"The last two games of the tournament were the type of basketball we saw during each of our pre-season scrimmages," Gray said. "We played with energy and effort and battled till the end of each quarter."

The Lions' victory came in the second day of the tournament when they held off Ardmore 35-31. Tara Martini had a big night for the Lions as she came up big in the fourth quarter as Ardmore tried to pull off the comeback.

Martini hit two big 3-pointers and scored eight of her game-high 19 points in the final period, staving off the Tigers. Ardmore, which trailed 18-10 at the half and 23-22 at the end of three quarters, was led by Taqayla Lees 14 points.

"We beat Ardmore for our first win and I was excited for the girls," Gray said. "It is important to taste some success along the way. To keep you hungry and working for more."

The next day, Moore struggled to find its offense against Muskogee. Martini led the Lions with 14 points and Kaylee Allen added six, but Moore couldn't fight back after digging itself into an early hole and loss 48-32.

"Tara had a great tournament, but one player cant make a team," Gray said. "We will count on everyone to play their role on this team and do what they have been coached to do. Play unselfish and play together."

After facing rival Westmoore earlier this week, Moore has only two games before Christmas break. Gray sees his team is making improvements each time out.

"I feel as if our team is making progress each and every day," Gray said. "We talk about taking care of things that we can control and let the rest take care of itself. This team will have to rely on each other more than any team I've ever had. If we do not stick together during thick and thin it could be a long year."


Coming off its exciting victory over Southmoore last week, the Jaguars hoped to take that momentum with them into the Durant Girls basketball tournament.

Westmoore compiled a 1-2 record and took sixth place.

"We lost to El Reno for the Consolation Championship," Westmoore coach Andrea Guziec said. "Shots were not falling against El Reno, but we played fairly well besides that. The tournament as a whole was good for us. It gave us good and much needed experience along with opportunities to work on a lot of different things offensively and defensively."

The Jags have games this week against Moore and Mustang. With a 2-4 record, they have a chance to take a .500 record into the holiday break.

"Our team would like to finish Christmas break with two wins in a row," Guziec said. "We match up well with Moore and Mustang, so they are games that we can win if we play hard and play well."

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