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February 13, 2014

Wolves come back on Huskies

Santa Fe girls boast 16-1 mark

EDMOND — The Lady Wolves of Edmond Santa Fe have just a single impurity on their record, winning 16 of their 17 games.

Tuesday night at Santa Fe High School, the Lady Wolfpack rumbled to a 65-35 conquest of Edmond North.

“We are playing better as a group,” Santa Fe skipper Paul Bass stated. “That is what you want coming down to the end of the regular season.”

Aahliyah Jackson dropped in 17 points ensued by Andrea Cooper (11) and Tamara Lee (10) for the Lady Wolves.

Leah Smith led North with a dozen points.

Santa Fe will host its own regional beginning Feb. 27 with opponents to be determined.

In the nightcap, the Wolves completed the Santa Fe sweep with a comeback in the fourth quarter after trailing by five points at the conclusion of the third.

“The crowd always helps,” Wolf head coach Lenny Hatchett said. “Our team really enjoys the student body and their support.”

Feeding off the crowd was Kamari Carter, who started to pluck rebounds and hit free throws. Carter ended the contest with nine points as Wolves (14-4) were led by Curran Scott’s 24 and Daron Mims’ 10.

“We finally buckled down and played defense and rebounded,” Hatchett said. “Edmond North did a really good job of spacing on offense and making shots early.

“Sometimes the games don’t go the way we always want them to, but finding a way to win and finishing shows signs of toughness.”

In deep stretch, Scott dropped in pressurized free throws and Mims snagged some huge steals along with late buckets to propel Santa Fe to the win.

Edmond North, which fell to 7-12 on the season, drove south and doubled up the Wolves 18-9 in the opening quarter and led all the way to the final frame.

“We shot well and rebounded well in the first half,” North coach Steven Goss said. “Harrison (Stoddart) hit five 3s in the first half to key the attack along with only comitting four turnovers (as a team).”

Stoddart, only a freshman, equalled Scott’s output of 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting and 6-for-13 behind the 3-point line. He also swatted nine shots and sucked down eight rebounds. Following Stoddart was Mark Piatt, who shot 4-for-5 from the field for eight points. Teammates Tyson Anderson and Kevin Galloway also hit eight points. Fellow Husky Marques Wilson passed out five assists.

Behind Carter, Santa Fe rattled the offensive boards, as the Wolves picked up 14 in the latter half. The Huskies allowed Santa Fe to just three offensive rebounds in the first half.

In foul trouble, North shot just 20 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter when the Wolfpack made their move to the front.

“That just won’t get it done on the road against a top-five team,” Goss said. “Santa Fe is a good team and good teams know how to close out opponents — especially at home.

“I am really proud of the progress of this team and look forward to making some noise in the playoffs in a couple weeks.”

North will host Yukon Friday and Santa Fe moves west to Mustang.

 

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