Special to The Sun
For many seasons, the Edmond North boys basketball team was unable to defeat Edmond Santa Fe even once.
Friday night, the Huskies accomplished the feat for the second time this campaign — and, in doing so, might have created a little momentum going into the postseason.
North rallied from a small halftime deficit and posted a 69-61 win at home. The Huskies will take a 14-8 record into next week’s regional tournament.
“It feels great,” said EN head coach Steven Goss, whose team defeated the Wolves, 71-52, earlier in the season. “When I got here, I wanted to put this team on the same level as the other Edmond schools. The win tonight validates that.”
Santa Fe, which is 13-8, rallied from an early 11-point deficit to take a 33-31 lead after back-to-back 3-point field goals by Kade Jacobs and Curran Scott to end the first half. The Huskies responded with an 8-1 run at the end of the third quarter and into the start of the fourth to grab a 50-44 advantage, but the Wolves stuck around. Jacobs sank a pair of 3-pointers from the corner to make it 61-57 with less than three minutes to go.
North’s guards made the plays down the stretch, as an extended Santa Fe defense was beaten for layups by Tyler Sanders, Ed Baker and Carlbe Ervin.
Ervin led all scorers with 25 points, while David Montgomery scored 17 and Austin Usery and Baker each added 9. Jacobs led the Wolves with 17, while Scott and Daron Mims finished with 13 each.
North had a nine-point lead early in the second quarter when Ervin picked up his second foul and sat for several minutes. He later picked up his third with 3:54 to go before halftime and the Huskies ahead, 25-21. That lead was completely gone not long after.
“It would be huge if he stayed out of foul trouble,” Goss said. “But I challenged the other kids to pick up the slack, the way he picks up the slack for us when he’s in there. And, in the second half, they did that.”
Edmond Santa Fe 46, Edmond North 39 (girls)
The Edmond North girls put up a surprisingly tough fight, giving top-ranked and once-beaten Edmond Santa Fe its closest game since November.
The Lady Huskies even owned a lead as late as the second period, and kept it close throughout. Santa Fe, ahead 35-31, finally started to pull away in the fourth, as a Tamara Lee layup capped a 6-2 run that made it an eight-point deficit. The Lady Wolves sealed the win from the line in the final minutes.
Lee finished with 18 points to lead all scorers, while Edmond North was led by 10 points from Jhordyn Patton.