Special to The Sun
The No. 1-ranked girls’ team in Class 6A showed every bit why they have earned that ranking on Friday night, defeating the Stillwater Lady Pioneers 74-35 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
“Defense was great,” Paul Bass said. The Lady Wolves head coach also said the job is never done. “It’s always a work in progress, even though we’re good at it.”
Turnovers hindered the start for the Lady Pioneers. Five turnovers in five minutes aided in Santa Fe building a 15-4 lead. Sophomore Jobi Heath fueled the Lady Wolves’ offense in the first quarter with two 3-pointers and eight points. Stillwater totaled eight turnovers in the first quarter and Edmond Santa Fe led 22-10 at the quarter’s end.
“When we can shoot, and we’re starting to get that, we’re good,” Bass said. “Jobi is always a 3-point threat and she did good tonight.”
Stillwater began the second quarter with two more turnovers on their first two possessions and Heath’s hot streak continued. The Lady Wolves had built a 25-point lead halfway through the second quarter. The tough defense and high-powered offense continued for the Lady Wolves throughout the first half, and after forcing 15 turnovers, the two-time defending state champions had built a 44-17 lead.
In the first half, Heath led the Wolves with 13 points, Tamara Lee added eight and Cameerah Graves pitched in seven.
Lee picked up the offensive output in the second half sparking a 14-4 start for the Lady Wolves. Four minutes into the quarter Edmond Santa Fe extended their lead to 58-21. A short two minutes later and two more turnovers from Stillwater and the Lady Wolves’ lead was up to 41 points. Lee had 16 points after three quarters.
“Tamara had a great second half,” Bass said. “She was in foul trouble early, if you get two you’re coming out because of our depth. But she responded well. And Cameerah Graves, I continue to say she is just such a good player.”
The Lady Pioneers cut down their turnovers in the fourth quarter but the deficit was far to much to overcome. Santa Fe cruised through the quarter and went on to win 74-35. Reserves played almost all of the minutes in the final frame for Edmond Santa Fe.