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February 7, 2014

Revamped defense lifts Wolves over Panthers

EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe fell at Putnam North in January, but Tuesday night at Santa Fe High School no one could tell.

Wolf sharp-shooter Curran Scott was hot in the opening stanza as Santa Fe actually used defense en route to a formidable 69-51 conquest of the Panthers according to head coach Lenny Hatchett.

“When we lost to Putnam North the first time, they outplayed us,” he said. “In the first game, their big man had 12 points; this game he only had two. DaQuan Jefferies did a smart job on him — he really worked hard.”

Jefferies threw in a dozen points on offense led by Scott’s 22 in the win.

In the initial meeting, Putnam North shooting guard Micah Speight hit 19 points on Santa Fe, but was stifled by a zone-to-man defense Tuesday. Speight did score 18, but picked up most of those points after the Wolfpack had put the game away.

No. 7 Santa Fe (13-4) had Friday’s game at top-ranked Putnam West postponed due to the winter storm. The Wolves will host crosstown rival Edmond North Tuesday.

In the opener, the steal-getting Tamara Lee turned her defensive prowess into an offensive explosion, netting 34 points — which included six 3-point field goals — in the Lady Wolves’ 49-42 victory over Putnam North.

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