The Moore American

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February 26, 2014

Postseason tips-off Thursday

MOORE — The regular season for high school basketball came to an end last week.

The Southmoore girls came close to upsetting the Midwest City Friday behind Serithia Hawkins who poured in 30 points. But they fell short to No. 2 Midwest City 69-64.

“It was a tough loss on Friday,” Southmoore coach Britney Kannady-Sayes said. “But I think the things we were able to learn from that loss will help us going into the playoffs.”

As it heads into the postseason, Southmoore has won only won game since Hawkins returned to the lineup. The Lady SaberCats kick off the postseason by taking on Norman High at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Edmond Santa Fe.

Southmoore and Norman have split a pair of games in the regular season. But SMH is still trying to find the form they had when they started season 8-0 and before Hawkins went down with her injury.

“These days of practice will be key,” Kannady-Sayes said. “I think we’re a lot closer than what a lot of people think. And maybe even closer than we thought we were.”

The Southmoore boys also dropped their regular season finale to the Bombers 64-55. The Cats scored only 12 points in the first half before mounting a rally in the second half. But it wasn’t enough to take down the No. 2 team in 6A.

“We had a bad first half,” SMH coach Wes Brown said. “We couldn’t score. Then in the second half, we were just a different team. Made a 16-8 run at to get back into the game. Played them nip and tuck the rest of the way.”

Justin Bean paced Southmoore with 18 points. It will play Lawton in the Midwest City regional Friday. A win could earn the Cats another rematch with the Bombers for a regional title.

“That would be huge,” Bean said. “We’ve faced them two times. Been pretty close games. I think if we played them again, we could go in there with a lot of intensity and hopefully pull of a win.”

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