Santa Fe rolls past Grant
The top-ranked Edmond Santa Fe girls basketball team (21-1) rolled past U.S. Grant (1-12) at home Thursday night in the opening round of the Regional tournament, 77-4.
The Lady Wolves put up 20 points in the first quarter, led by five points from Jobi Heath. Cameerah Graves put up five in the second as Santa Fe staked another 20 points onto the board and led 40-2 at the half.
Heath and Alexis Cooper both scored four in the third period to lead SF’s 16-point output. A pair of 3-pointers from Erica Rankin and another six points from Hayli Hoffman led Santa Fe to 21 points in the fourth and the 77-4 final.
Grant scored on a bucket in the first quarter and a pair of separate free throws in the final frame.
Graves led Santa Fe with 11 points, followed by nine from Heath. Hoffman, Rankin, Alexis Cooper and Mariah Williams each scored six.
Lawton Eisenhower beat Putnam City North, 54-52, in the early game. Santa Fe will face Lawton Ike in the Regional finals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe.
Deer Creek takes down Western Heights
Second-ranked Deer Creek (22-2) defeated Western Heights, 66-13, Thursday night in the opening game of the Regional the Lady Antlers are hosting.
Deer Creek put up 20 in the first quarter and 15 in the second to take a 35-9 lead going into the break.
Dakota Vann led all scorers with 15. Bayli Blanchard followed with nine; Alexa Adair had eight and Ashley Gibson put in seven points.
Ardmore defeated Northwest Classen, 54-48, in the other Regional game. Deer Creek and Ardmore will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Deer Creek.
Lady Bulldogs top Yukon
The Edmond Memorial girls traveled to Southmoore for their Regional and came away with a 51-40 win in their opening game against Yukon Thursday night.
The Lady Bulldogs will play in the Regional final at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Southmoore. Memorial beat the Lady Sabercats 48-47 in the regular season finale Feb. 15.
Lady Saints win in OT
The Oklahoma Christian Academy girls took a 52-50 overtime thriller from hosts Kellyville in the regional tournament Thursday night.
OCS rallied from five points down with 2:12 remaining in regulation. Leslie Shuck hit a 3-pointer with 25 seconds on the clock to send the game into overtime. Senior Abbey Sanders got a steal and was fouled on the play, then converted a one-and-one situation with 1 second remaining in OT for the win.
OCS senior Madeline Bowen led all scorers with 17 points, followed by 14 from Shuck, 11 from Sanders, 4 apiece from Nicole Aparicio and Gonce, and 2 from Megan Fay.
The Lady Saints will face the Perkins-Tryon/Chisholm winner in the regional finals at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Perkins-Tryon.
— Drew Harmon
Santa Fe rolls past Grant
OSU clears field for Bedlam game Saturday
Oklahoma State University crews are clearing snow from Boone Pickens Stadium to make sure the field and stands are ready for Saturday’s Bedlam Rivalry football game, Associate Athletic Director/Media Relations Gavin Lang said.
No. 6 OSU hosts No. 20 Oklahoma. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday.
OSU crews started removing the snow Friday morning. The process is expected to continue through Friday afternoon.
Two UCO football players named All-Region
Central Oklahoma running back Joshua Birmingham and wide receiver Marquez Clark both earned first-team recognition on the Daktronics All-Super Region Three Team that was released today, with Clark also claiming second-team honors at kick returner.
First-team honorees on the four all-region teams selected around the country are now eligible for Daktronics All-America selection, with those teams to be announced Dec. 17.
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Bulldogs use extra period in conquest of Norman North
Defense and Kristian Doolittle drawing fouls aided Edmond Memorial to a 53-48 win in overtime at Norman North Tuesday night.
“It was a total team effort,” Bulldog head coach Shane Cowherd said about the triumph. “We had great play from Jacob Essman on the glass and Kristian Doolittle who drew foul after key foul.”
Down the stretch, Memorial’s Taylor Hicks hit some huge free throws to contribute to the team win. Hicks led the ‘Dogs with 14 points, Essman added 11 and Doolittle finished with nine.
“It was a very solid win for us,” Cowherd added. “Norman North is very talented.
Football playoffs moved back a week
With the primary concern of the safety and welfare of participants, coaches, administrators and fans, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) has postponed all state football playoff games one full week.
Oklahoma State University has served as a gracious host for the past four years for Classes 6A through A, and their understanding of the need to insure safe travel for the schools helped the OSSAA to make the determination. We also extend our gratitude to Tulsa University and their administrative staff for making themselves available to our member schools.
Lady Huskies start out in win column
The Edmond North Lady Huskies stepped out on the right foot Tuesday night, staving off visiting Stillwater 70-64 in the first game of the 2013-14 season.
“We kept our composure and continued to be aggressive,” said North head coach Karlie Free. “Stillwater attempted to apply some pressure with a full-court press, but we handled it and had kids step up and hit free throws down the stretch.”
Big baskets in the final period came from a pair of up-and-coming freshmen as 5-7 Lauren Koenig and 5-7 Emma Ledbetter came through in the clutch to keep the Huskies on top. The rookie duo each hit double-figures, scoring 10 points each.
Wolfpack swarms Millers in third quarter
After a 36-36 deadlock at intermission with Yukon Tuesday night, the Edmond Santa Fe boys jelled as a defense in the third period to pull away from the Millers 78-66 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
“We didn’t come out and do a very good job defensively the whole night,” said Wolves coach Lenny Hatchett after the opening-night victory. “It was mainly because Yukon did a great job of playing smart and patient. We did come out in the second half and play more as a team, but we have to do a better job of putting four quarters together — we just played better team defense in the third quarter.”
In the third, the Wolfpack took the stanza handily by a 20-7 margin.
Wolf Curran Scott exploded for 29 points, hitting a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe. He was ensued by teammate Daron Mims’ 16 points.
Santa Fe will host 15th Street foe Edmond Memorial Friday night weather permitting.
YMCA spring sports registration nears
Registration for YMCA spring sports will run from Dec. 17 through Jan. 24 for volleyball (ages 8-15), track (5-14) and soccer (3-14) at the Rankin and the new Mitch Park YMCA located at 1501 W. Covell Road.
For the Rankin YMCA, call 348-9622 or visit www.ymcaokc.org.
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UCO men rout OCU
Seth Heckart scored eight points during a 22-6 run early in the second half that put Central Oklahoma back in control and the Bronchos went on to roll over Oklahoma City 85-63 Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House on the second day of the UCO Classic.
The Stars had trimmed a 14-point first-half deficit to four early in the second half before Heckart scored five straight points to ignite the big scoring spurt that ended with UCO holding a 20-point cushion and the Bronchos coasted in from there.
It was the fourth straight win for Central, which improved to 6-1 in finishing off a two-game sweep in the weekend event.
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