Special to The Sun
The Girls Championship at The Edmond Open at Santa Fe High School in Edmond on Saturday night featured two of the best teams in the state -- the top-ranked team in Class 4A and defending state champions against Class 6A's No. 1 and the two-time defending state champions
It would be the higher class prevailing as Santa Fe pulled away from Anadarko and cruised to victory, 59-35.
“We preach defense,” Santa Fe head coach Paul Bass said. “We just play team ball.” The head coach went on to say this was his team’s best defensive effort of the early season.
The Warriors' Lakota Beatty came out firing, nailing two 3-pointers in as many minutes. The Wolves responded though, battling back from down 8-4 to up 13-8 after a Cameerah Graves jumper. Beatty hit another 3-pointer with 1:55 to play in the first to make the score 13-11 and Beatty’s little sister Ashley Beatty connected on a jumper to tie the game at 13 with one minute to play. The final score after the first quarter was Edmond Santa Fe 16, Anadarko 13.
Three minutes into the second quarter and the Lady Wolves had reeled off seven straight to start the period and led by 10 points. The Warriors missed on all three of the field goal attempts at that point in the quarter.
“They’re going to get tired and we saw that tonight,” Bass said.
Another timeout by Anadarko with three minutes left in the quarter and the Warriors still were scoreless with the turnovers starting to pile up. Santa Fe netted a couple of jump shots to take a 14-point lead. The quarter didn’t get any better for the Warriors, who only scored two points in the eight-minute stretch.
Lakota Beatty led all first-half scorers with 11 and Ashley Beatty scored four. That was all the production Anadarko got offensively. Graves and Tamara Lee led the Wolves with seven points apiece. Jobi Heath, Mariah Williams and Alexis Cooper each scored four.
“She’s [Lakota Beatty] a threat,” Bass said. “When she passes it, don’t let her get it back.”
Santa Fe got widespread support from their offense in the third quarter and stretched their lead to 24 points heading into the final eight minutes. All seven players who had scored for Santa Fe, scored in the third quarter.
The Lady Wolves cruised through the fourth quarter defending their lead and sealing the victory to claim The Edmond Open Championship.
Graves and Lee led the Wolves with 13 points apiece and Aaliyah Jackson added nine.
Lakota Beatty led the Warriors with 16 points and Ashley Beatty added 10.