In their second to last regular season game of his career, Sam Norwood had one of his best games of the year. The senior touched up Norman for 16 points and helped spark a fourth quarter comeback that came close to knocking off the Tigers before MHS fell in the end 59-54 Friday at NHS.

Moore scored just three points in the third period and trailed 40-33, but made a push in the fourth with 21 points. The Tigers hit their free-throws and hung on for the win.

Moore (9-13) must now prepare for the uncertainty of what they hope will be a lengthy playoff run. And if they are to do well, Norwood could be a key.

“Sam has played very well for us offensively,” MHS coach John Martin said. “Like all players he has some improvements to make to his game. But for the most part he’s been very consistent for us on the offensive end and has had some very big games in some very big wins for us this year.”

But it will take more than just Norwood for Moore to make it out of the Midwest City regional. They play Edmond Santa Fe Friday at 6:30 p.m. If they can get past ESF, they will more than likely meet up with the Bombers. But all it takes is for them to win the first game and they automatically advance to the area tournament.

“We’ve been shooting the ball very well lately, and we’ve managed to control the tempo of our opponents for the most part,” Martin said. “Our man-to-man defense must generate more turnovers and we need to have better shot selection on offense. We need to have elevated performances from our post players, our shooting guards and our lead guard.”

However, Martin said it’s not just on his players. The coaching staff will need to be on their game also to make reach the next round.

“When the postseason arrives, each coach knows what the opponent will run in terms of offense and defense,” Martin said. “So it’s the coach’s job to motivate, encourage and inspire in addition to reminding his players of specific sets and defensive alignments.”

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