The Edmond Sun
Edmond Santa Fe got on top early and held off a vicious Bulldog run in the final quarter to repay Edmond Memorial for a championship loss in the Edmond Open.
The Bulldogs, going into the game with an unblemished 5-0 record Friday night at Edmond Santa Fe High School, trailed by a dozen points entering the fourth and just came up short in a 56-53 setback to the host Wolves.
“We just really did a good job of moving the ball well early and hitting open shots,” said Santa Fe head coach Lenny Hatchett. “Christian Bills, Dexter Dean and Tre Evans hit shots early from the perimeter which opened it up for other players.”
The Wolves led 35-27 at intermission and got outscored 17-8 by Memorial in the ending stanza.
“They (Memorial) are a really good team and made their run in the fourth,” Hatchett added. “We took care of the ball — just didn’t finish a few chip shots in the fourth but we played really good defense for the most part of the game and that’s what won the game.”
Evans led Santa Fe with 13 points and Dean dropped in 12.
For the ‘Dogs, post Kristian Doolittle led all scorers with 16 points and he was succeeded by teammates Trey Sneed (14) and Taylor Hicks (12).
Memorial, which limits teams to 48 points per game, enabled the Wolves to hit the 35-point mark by intermission.
“Unfortunately, some of the damage was already done and they (Santa Fe) closed us out,” said Memorial head coach Shane Cowherd. “As poorly as we played, our kids did a good job for us to have a chance to compete. They could have folded and they didn’t.”
Memorial will next host Moore on Jan. 7.
The Bulldogs did fight back and make it a two-possession game with under two minutes to play. Memorial got a big rebound after a Santa Fe missed free throw.
The ‘Dogs then missed a shot and a scramble on the floor ensued for the loose ball. Memorial was out of time-outs and could no longer kill the clock.
In the girls tilt, Santa Fe broke away from leading by just a point at halftime to smoking out to take the third quarter by a 26-9 margin en route to a 56-39 triumph over the Lady Bulldogs.
Aahliyah Jackson dropped in 14 points for the Lady Wolves and Tamara Lee contributed 13.
Andee Decker (15) wound up in double digits for Edmond Memorial.