Special to The Sun
An intense first quarter was all Edmond Santa Fe needed against the Union Redskins in the semifinals of the Edmond Open on Friday night. The Lady Wolves pulled out in front and never looked back, defeating the Redskins 55-30.
“They’re a good team, a top 10 team,” Santa Fe head coach Paul Bass said. “We were able to play good defense tonight.”
Santa Fe came out in a 2-3 zone and the defensive pressure allowed the Wolves to get ahead early in the first quarter. A 3-pointer by Jobi Heath sparked the Wolves and after a couple of Union turnovers, a Mariah Williams two put Santa Fe up 9-2.
The Redskins could only find the basket two more times in the opening quarter and trailed 16-6. Tamara Lee led Santa Fe with five points.
“Tamara is one of the best two guards in the state,” Bass said. “Her [Tamara] and Cameerah are really good.”
The second quarter was all free throws. After Union scored a couple of baskets, Santa Fe made 10 of 12 from the stripe to pull ahead 26-10.
The first-half domination continued throughout the second quarter as Santa Fe rolled to a 34-16 halftime lead. Lee led the Wolves again in the second stanza and totaled 11 at the half.
Quarter number three represented a template of how the game went in the first half. Santa Fe kept their lead in a steady position throughout the quarter. A lot more subs made appearances in the lowest scoring quarter of the game. Santa Fe got three points from Cameerah Graves and another three from Aaliyah Jackson.
Despite two turnovers to begin the fourth quarter, Heath got a fast-break layup and a 3-pointer to lead Santa Fe down the stretch. Union only managed nine fourth-quarter points. Lee’s 11 led the Wolves, Graves finished with nine and Heath, eight.
The Lady Wolves will play Anadarko at 8 p.m. Friday night in the Open finals at Santa Fe.