With a playoff atmosphere buzzing throughout the Mustang gym most of the evening Friday, and both teams pushing the pace, Edmond Santa Fe coach Lenny Hatchett was happy to see his team pull out the 72-68 victory over fifth-ranked Mustang.
The No. 7 Wolves got 17 points from junior Curran Scott, who overcame early foul trouble, while sophomore Tre Evans added 16 and junior Daron Mims had 13.
Though playoff seeding has already been voted on, Hatchett has tried to remind his players that they're still in the hunt for the Metro Conference title.
“We've been trying to really reinforce that in our kids' heads,” Hatchett said. “That's one of our goals that we want to go for, and this was a big game we wanted to come over here and win.”
A back-and-forth game through the first half, Santa Fe took control with an 11-0 run early in the third quarter for a 50-36 lead. Mustang fought back within four in the final minutes, but couldn't get any closer.
Austin Meyer had 13 points for the Broncos, and DeMarion Love added 12.
Play had to be stopped for about 45 minutes when Mustang freshman cheerleader Kailee James was injured while performing during a timeout. She landed awkwardly on her head and remained facedown on the court as Mustang administrators tended to her and waited for medical personnel to arrive.
James had movement in all of her limbs, but was put onto a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the hospital as a precaution.
What had been a rowdy gym went silent when the other Mustang cheerleaders joined hands in a circle to pray for James, who received a number of well-wishes from everyone in attendance.
“Our prayers are with that young lady,” Hatchett said. “I hope everything goes well with her.”
WESTMOORE RALLIES PAST DEL CITY IN OT
Hunter Glover has made big shots before. He's missed some, too.
The Westmoore senior did both against Del City, but his makes proved pivotal in helping the Jaguars erase a 16-point deficit in a 69-66 overtime victory.