TULSA — The final, and perhaps finest, play in Courtney Walker’s legendary high school basketball career began with Walker falling to the Mabee Center floor, and climaxed with her about two feet in the air, securing Edmond Santa Fe’s 44-41 win and second straight state championship.
With 16 seconds left on the clock and Edmond Santa Fe clinging to a one-point lead over archrival Edmond Memorial in the Class 6A title game, Walker tripped near midcourt coming off a screen.
She picked herself up, ran toward the baseline and snuck through the key to meet Alie Decker, the Bulldogs’ senior leader, face-to-face one last time.
Just as Decker released a potential game-winning lay-up, Walker left the floor and swatted the ball away with her right hand.
“(Walker) looked like a WNBA player going up for that block,” said Edmond Santa Fe coach Paul Bass.
She chased her own block to keep it from going out of bounds, was fouled and sunk two free throws to seal the win.
Walker, Oklahoma’s Gatorade Player of the Year who has signed with Texas A&M, finished her high school career with 22 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Edmond Memorial led at halftime and played with tremendous energy as it sought its first win over Edmond Santa Fe since Jan. 27, 2009.
But, just as she did in Friday’s come-from-behind semifinal win over Midwest City, Walker came through in the clutch for her team when it was down.
With under four minutes left in the third quarter and Edmond Santa Fe down 28-27, Wolves’ guard Cameerah Graves missed a 3-point attempt. Walker grabbed the rebound in the lane, surrounded by Memorial players, converted the putback and was fouled. After the 3-point play, Edmond Santa Fe never lost the lead.