Special to The Sun
The Stillwater Pioneers came to Edmond and stole a victory on Friday night with a 58-55 edging of Edmond Santa Fe.
“It all comes down to consistency,” said Lenny Hatchett, Santa Fe’s first-year head coach.
The first quarter was back and forth from the opening tip to the horn eight minutes later. Both teams used a balanced attack on the offensive end and worked tirelessly forcing turnovers. Santa Fe (8-4) turned the ball over four times but five points from Curran Scott helped the Wolves. Caleb Watkins and Jared Dickey led the Pioneers (11-3) with four apiece and the score was tied at 15.
The first timeout in the second quarter came after three minutes of more back and forth basketball. Scott continued to lead Edmond Santa Fe and the Pioneers continued to use their balanced attack. At the five minute mark the score was still tied at 22.
The first half ended the way the opening quarters were played, with Stillwater holding a 33-32 lead. Carson Teel led the Pioneers with 10 points. Scott went into halftime with 12 points to lead Santa Fe. Kade Jacobs added six and DaShon Bell also scored six points.
In the third quarter the Wolves suddenly found themselves with a turnover problem. The Pioneers drew three charges in the first three minutes and after four minutes, Stillwater had built a six-point lead, their biggest of the game. Despite two technical fouls in the quarter the Wolves hung in the game. A comeback led by six straight points from Daron Mims evened the score with just over a minute to play.
Stillwater used a pair of trips to the free throw line by Teel to extend their lead to four points, 49-45 after three quarters.
All of the scoring seemed to disappear for a majority of the fourth quarter. After five and a half minutes the score in the quarter was only 6-4 in favor of Santa Fe, pulling them to with a basket. Two free throws by Teel stretched the Pioneer lead to four and Rico Thompson scored two more with 1:26 to play to make it 57-51.
A couple of baskets by Mims brought the score to within a basket, but a Bell 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out and the Pioneers prevailed with a 58-55 victory.
“We’ve got to practice,” Hatchett said. We’ve got to play with heart and we’ll be back out there. They [Stillwater] are one of the best coached teams out there.”
Scott led the team in scoring despite zero points in the second half, with 12. Mims added 10, Jacobs finished with nine and Tre Evans chipped in seven.