By Michael Kinney
The Moore American
MOORE — The 16th ranked Moore boys basketball team experienced the high and lows of prep basketball last week. After knocking off No. 8 Norman North Jan. 14, they fell to rival Westmoore Friday.
“I think we stayed tough against North and didn’t allow ourselves to
get rattled,” Moore coach Aaron Howell said. “Everyone stuck together and we made some changes at half that allowed us to secure the win. I don’t think the game was as consistent against Westmoore. Neither team could get into a good flow. But still it was a great game and they hit some big shots down the stretch to get the win.”
Along with the Moore girls, the Lions (7-5) will host the annual John Nobles Basketball Tournament this week. In order to win it, they will have to show they can play at a high level for three consecutive days.
“In the John Noble Tournament this week I just want to see improvement in offensive execution and continued defensive pressure from start to finish,” Howell said. “The boys have only lost one game this year by more than 7 points and if we improve on the previous mentioned, we will finish strong.”
In the boys bracket, No. 17 Southmoore (6-5) and Tahlequah start the tournament t 11:30 a.m. MHS and No. 19 Lawton (8-5) take the floor at 2:30 p.m. Redemption Christian Academy (TX.) and Ponca City face-off at 5:30 p.m. while Flower Mound (Tx.) and Northwest Classen are in the night cap at 8:30 p.m.
On the girls side, Lawton and No. 5 Choctaw have the first game of the day at 10 a.m. The Lady Lions and Tahlequah play at 1 p.m. No. 20 Eisenhower makes it way back to Moore for the second time in two weeks and will face Muskogee at 4 p.m. Top-seed Southmoore (8-4), which has lost four straight, takes on Ponca City at 7 p.m.
The girls championship game is at 7 p.m. Saturday. The boys will follow at 8:30 p.m.
“The more we are in these competitive situations the more we will learn and react better under pressure,” Moore girls coach Rhonda Fields said. “These are also the things I expect our team to work toward in this week’s John Nobles Tournament. I want to see fundamental improvement and mental development. These things usually require many repetitions and much experience.”
In other tournament action, the Westmoore boys (4-6) are heading to the Deer Creek Bruce Gray Invitational this week. It’s first round game will take at 8:30 p.m. Thursday against No. 20 Putnam City North (5-6).
The championship game will take place at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Lady Jaguars will travel to the Newcastle Invitational. They will take on the Yukon JV at 11 a.m. Thursday in Newcastle. Title game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.
“I want to see consistent hard work at both ends of the floor regardless of our shooting percentage,” Westmoore coach Andrea Guziec said. “We need to let go when we have a bad possession in the game and move on to make something better happen the next possession. I’d like to see our team compete for the championship in this tournament.”