Special to The Sun
With two minutes to play in Monday night’s game, Paul Bass’s exuberance got the best of him and his massive back-to-back state championship ring went sailing across the court.
No biggie. If his team keeps playing like this, he’ll have to update his ring’s championships anyway.
Bass and the top-ranked Edmond Santa Fe girls basketball team used a menacing defense and second-half rally to run past third-ranked Edmond Memorial, 44-29, in a game played in Bulldog country.
“This was a great game for us. It’s not a conference game, but it’s still 1 versus 3 and a rivalry game,” Bass said. “We just keep getting better and better.”
The Lady Wolves scored just 14 points the first 22 minutes of the game in falling behind by a point. However, they then rattled off 19 points over the next 4 minutes to turn a low-scoring affair into a rather comfortable victory.
Cameerah Graves was a large part of the rally, as she scored six quick points to push Santa Fe ahead 24-17 by the end of the third period. In the fourth, Tamara Lee took over, scoring nine of her game-high 17.
After trailing, 15-14, with 1:55 to go in the third period, Santa Fe led, 33-21, by the 6:10 mark of the fourth. The gap grew to as large as 18 points.
“We took more shots than they did in the first half, but in a rivalry game, our girls play with so much energy that it doesn’t help with our shooting,” Bass said. “We tried to simplify our offense, and that helped. We attacked more and used our athleticism against them.”
Graves finished with 12 as the only other Santa Fe player in double figures. Jenny Roy had 11 to lead the way for Memorial, which also was helped by 9 from Andee Decker.