Special to The Sun
Head coach Lenny Hatchett came in to his first game as coach of Edmond Santa Fe High School knowing he was in for a dogfight, opening at home versus Edmond North High School. He also never doubted his Wolves would overcome an early deficit, slaughtering the Huskies 73-57 despite trailing at the half.
“The tempo we like to play is the key to our success,” Hatchett said. “We were a little shorthanded today, but some of the other guys stepped up. We had some huge shots, and we finally turned it up on defense in the second half, that was the difference.”
The Huskies (0-1) were dominant early, building up leads behind the shooting acumen of seniors Carlbe Ervin and Tyler Sanders, with 22 and 11 points, respectively, with Sanders going a perfect 4-for-4 on free throws. However, the Wolves (1-0) were never knocked out, always managing to muscle back to keep things close courtesy of sophomore Curran Scott, who had 21 points on the night on 8-for-12 shooting, as well as 9 points from beyond the arc by senior Kade Jacobs, and 5-for-7 field shooting by sophomore DaQuan Jefferies. This allowed Santa Fe to go into the half only down by three, 27-30, before building to a slim 47-45 lead at the end of the third.
It was in the fourth that sophomore bench player Daron Mims exploded on the defensive end, drawing fouls and going a perfect 5-for-5 from the stripe on his way to an 11-point fourth quarter effort. At the same time, a high-intensity Wolves defense completely iced the Huskies attack as North fell into a hole they could not escape.
“[Mims] has been one of those kids, he’s a good shooter, he’s coachable, he’s been out at practice working hard every day,” Hatchett said. “He knew when his number got called, he’s got the green light. He can shoot the basketball, and he gave us some good, viable minutes to get us over that hump.”
Santa Fe will hit the road Friday as they travel to Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City to take on the Pirates. Edmond North will be home that day, opening their home season by hosting the Putnam City West Patriots.