Special to The Sun
It may have seemed like Edmond North made quick work of Edmond Santa Fe on Friday night.
To the Huskies, though, it took years.
Edmond North jumped all over the Wolves early on, taking an 18-point lead in the first period, en route to a 71-52 victory in the semifinals of the Edmond Open. It was the Huskies’ first win against Edmond Santa Fe since 2008 and their first-ever semifinals victory in the tournament’s history.
Oh, and five games into the season, the Huskies already have equaled their win total of four from last season.
“That was four years of pent-up frustration,” first-year head coach Steven Goss said. “This whole season is about gaining respect — respect from peers, respect from everyone else. We don’t want to be the other school in Edmond anymore.
“We talked about getting off to a good start and we were able to do that.”
Now, Edmond North can take it a step further. If it defeats the other in-town rival, Edmond Memorial, at 3:30 p.m. today, it will win the Edmond Open.
The Huskies’ inside-outside combo of Carlbe Ervin and David Montgomery assaulted the Wolves all night, as Ervin went for a game-high 22 points and Montgomery had 20. Austin Usery also bulled his way to 12.
North started the game on a 13-2 run, then used another 9-0 run to go ahead 22-4 in the first quarter, as Ervin and Montgomery combined for 11 points in the first period. The lead swelled to 29-8 in the second quarter and was 38-18 at halftime.
Santa Fe’s only run of significance came in the fourth period, with the gap already to 25 points. The Wolves scored 10 straight to get within 57-42, but Ervin responded with four points and an assist to stamp out Edmond Santa Fe’s momentum.
The Wolves were led in scoring by Kade Jacobs, who hit a flurry of second-half 3-pointers to finish with 12 points. Daron Mims also added 10. Santa Fe will play Tulsa Memorial in the third-place game at 2 p.m. today.