The Edmond Sun

February 27, 2014

Santa Fe sends U.S. Grant home; Memorial, Deer Creek also take regional openers

Scott Wanish
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — It seems to happen every year.

The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves are either the top seed in regionals or near.

Thursday night at Santa Fe High School, another lopsided victory was at hand as the Wolfpack plowed over U.S. Grant 80-8 setting up Saturday’s regional championship contest with Southmoore at 1:30 p.m. The Lady Jaguars popped Norman in the opener, 61-46.

Santa Fe blanked the Lady Generals 26-zip in the first quarter and U.S. Grant did not score until a free throw with just over five minutes to play prior to intermission. The score was 49-6 at the half with the reins pulled tight on the starting lineup.

Lady Wolf Aahliyah Jackson grabbed three rebounds in the first minute of the game and after her fourth, teammate Jo’Nah Johnson dropped in a 3-pointer and scored on a breakaway for an 8-0 Santa Fe start. Johnson, a freshman, scored seven points in the half (10 for the game) and Jackson wound up with four with limited playing time.

Summer Jones hit successive treys almost within a minute of each other and then scored on a putback to snowball the lead to 24-0. Jones led all scorers with 15 points, 11 of which came in the opening half on three 3s.

Fellow Wolf Alexis Cooper also nailed 11 points by the halftime horn and did not score thereafter.

Junior guard Rachel Shadid hit her second 3-pointer at the second-quarter buzzer for the 49-6 halftime cushion. She finished with nine points along with Tamara Lee (3 3s).

Finishing out Santa Fe’s scoring were Amanda Allen (7), Andrea Cooper (4), Alaina Cooper (4), Erica Rankin (3) and Mariah Williams (2).

In Broken Arrow, Edmond Memorial plastered Enid 53-35 to advance to Saturday’s regional finals.

“We played a great game on both ends of the floor,” Lady Bulldog head coach Dandy Peeler said. “We shot well from the perimeter and played with some inspiration.”

Class 5A’s Deer Creek rumbled to a convincing 61-16 victory at home over Durant. In game one, Del City nipped Tahlequah by a bucket and will take on the host Antlers in the regional title tilt at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

“We shot the ball extremely well from the 3-point line,” Deer Creek head coach Totsy Manning said. “We played really good defense and had only four turnovers the whole game.”

The Lady Antlers moved to 19-5 on the season with the conquest.