Special to The Sun
No. 2-ranked Broken Arrow forced top-ranked Edmond Santa Fe into 11-for-50 field-goal shooting Saturday night in the championship game of the Skiatook Invitational. In the end, the Lady Tigers handed the Wolves their initial loss of the season via 42-35 count.
The Lady Tigers got just a bit of revenge from last season’s loss in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament to Santa Fe. Broken Arrow led for the final two-plus quarters and made enough plays down the stretch to claw out a 42-35 win while limiting the Lady Wolves to just 22 percent shooting from the floor.
Broken Arrow, 10-0, took the lead late in the second quarter, then stretched its lead to double digits early in the third. Junior Jordan Doyle scored a couple of buckets, senior Toree Thompson added a 3-pointer and senior Ashlyn Bride chipped in with a pair of free throws as the Lady Tigers slowed the pace — which made Santa Fe come out of their zone defense — to take a 29-19 lead with 2:38 left in the third quarter.
Torree Thompson and Jordan Doyle led Broken Arrow with 13 points each. Thompson was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while Doyle was also named to the All-Tournament team.
Edmond Santa Fe (9-1) rallied and scored on its final three offensive trips of the third to trim the deficit to 31-25 going into the fourth.
With Edmond Santa Fe forced to foul, sophomore guard Alexis Gauldin and Thompson each connected on a pair of free throws to ice the victory.
It marked just the fourth loss for Edmond Santa Fe in the last three-plus seasons.
Both defenses dominated in a physical first half. The two teams combined for 19 turnovers and 26 percent shooting from the field (11-of-43).
The Lady Tigers held a slim lead throughout the first quarter before the Lady Wolves’ Alaina Cooper produced a three-point play near the end of the quarter. The play tied the game at 8-all after the first eight minutes.
Santa Fe opened up a four-point lead (12-8) early in the second quarter but it was the Lady Tigers that closed the first half strong. Sophomore Alexis Gauldin banked in a shot in the lane, then Thompson followed with a three-point play and a floater in the lane to beat the buzzer as Broken Arrow finished the second quarter on a 7-0 run over the final minute to lead 20-15 at intermission.
Doyle led the Lady Tigers on the boards with nine rebounds. Thompson, Dennis and McBride each had five rebounds.
Aahilyah Jackson led Edmond Santa Fe with 11 points and pulled down six rebounds. Tamara Lee added six points and Alaina Cooper had five for the Lady Wolves. Fellow Wolf Summer Jones snagged nine total rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end.
Santa Fe hosts Mustang Tuesday tipping off at 6:30 p.m.